Benayoun's goal keeps Liverpool in the hunt for a first league title since 1990
Liverpool moved top of the Premier League with a dramatic injury-time winner from Yossi Benayoun at Fulham.
The Reds, now above Manchester United by two points having played two games more, struck very late after hitting the woodwork four times in the match.
Andrea Dossena hit the bar twice - each time with a header, Xabi Alonso volleyed against the bar and Fernando Torres dragged a shot against the post.
But on 92 minutes, Benayoun drove in from 12 yards to snatch victory.
Benyoun's strike was met with wild celebrations on the touchline as Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez and his staff released pent-up emotions after they had been frustrated viewers for more than an hour-and-a-half.
It had looked as though Liverpool would fail to win a game they had dominated, particularly in the first half, and that would have seriously harmed their chances of winning their first league title since 1990.
Win puts pressure on Man Utd - Benitez
But instead, they have applied maximum pressure on United, who play Aston Villa on Sunday.
Benitez's players were right to show their relief having cut through their opponents time and again only to be frustrated by the frame of the goal.
Typically, Steven Gerrard and Torres were involved in most of Liverpool's best moments.
The Spain striker set up Dossena for Liverpool's first chance but the make-shift left winger saw his shot tipped over.
From that corner, Martin Skrtel's shot was flicked on by Dossena's head and the ball bounced off the top of the bar.
Fulham looked a different side - despite an unchanged line-up - to the one that beat Manchester United last time out, offering nothing in attack as strikers Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora were cut adrift from their team-mates.
Additionally, Fulham's defensive plan of denying Gerrard the space to work between the defence and midfield lacked execution. It was the England midfielder who played in Torres, but Mark Schwarzer was equal to the striker's low shot.
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