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Fulham   2 - 5   Liverpool

Maxi Rodriguez
Rodriguez has scored seven goals in his last three games

By Sam Sheringham

Maxi Rodriguez scored his second hat-trick in three games as a rampant Liverpool crushed Fulham to boost their hopes of reaching the Europa League.

Rodriguez put Liverpool ahead after 32 seconds, and volleyed a second before Dirk Kuyt made it 3-0 on 16 minutes.

Moussa Dembele gave Fulham hope with a crisp finish from Bobby Zamora's pass.

Rodriguez smashed a spectacular third from 25 yards and Luis Suarez rounded Mark Schwarzer to make it 5-1 before Steve Sidwell fired a late consolation.

It was a sensational display from Liverpool, who have now scored 13 goals in their last three games and have climbed from 12th to fifth in the table since Kenny Dalglish took over from Roy Hodgson in January.

The Reds are two points clear of Tottenham, who play Manchester City on Tuesday and travel to Anfield on Sunday for a game that is effectively a play-off for the Europa League spot.

Dalglish proud of Liverpool players

Whether participating in that competition would be a blessing or a curse for either club is a moot point but the Reds certainly set off like a team determined to secure another season of European football.

Suarez broke clear down the left and advanced into the penalty box before trying to pick out Kuyt.

The low cross was deflected towards goal by Carlos Salcido and although Schwarzer stopped it creeping in at the far post, Rodriguez was on hand to lash into the opposite corner.

Six minutes later, Glen Johnson found space behind Salcido and crossed to the far post, where Rodriguez volleyed low past Schwarzer.

There was a moment of controversy on 14 minutes when a long ball found Suarez bearing down on goal. The irrepressible Uruguayan took a tumble after an apparent push from Brede Hangeland but the officials rejected the visitors' penalty appeals.

Any sense of grievance on Liverpool's part was short-lived as Kuyt received the ball in space on the right and drilled a speculative effort towards the near post, which Schwarzer inexplicably allowed to slip through his fingers to gift the Dutchman a ninth goal in his last eight league games.

Suarez and Rodriguez both missed presentable chances before Clint Dempsey had Fulham's first opportunity of the game just after the half-hour mark - but his low volley from a corner was cleared off the line by Johnson.

Fulham boss Mark Hughes brought on Zamora for Simon Davies at half-time and the change paid dividends as the home side began the second period in the ascendancy.

First Zamora had a goal-bound header blocked and then Dempsey fired narrowly over the bar from the edge of the area.

Hughes admits to 'key errors'

The goal, after 57 minutes, was nothing less than Fulham deserved as Zamora's lay-off teed up Dembele for a powerful side-footed finish into the bottom corner.

Fulham briefly threatened a comeback but Rodriguez's superb drive from outside the area guaranteed Liverpool the points and allowed the Argentine to depart to a standing ovation.

Five minutes later, substitute Jonjo Shelvey threaded a pinpoint pass through to Suarez, who coolly took the ball around the goalkeeper and tapped in.

Despite being on the receiving end of a fearful hammering, Fulham refused to throw in the towel and Sidwell's superb chest down and half-volley from the edge of the box would have graced any fixture.

As it was, the goal merely reduced the deficit to three and there was still time for Suarez, Shelvey and Kuyt to go close to adding a sixth.

That would simply have added further gloss to a superb display in a game in which captain Jamie Carragher made his 666th appearance to go second behind Ian Callaghan (857) in the Reds' all-time list.

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Monday, 9 May 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 2-5 Liverpool FT
(HT 0-3)
  • Dembele 57
  • Sidwell 86
  • Maxi 1
  • Maxi 7
  • Kuyt 16
  • Maxi 70
  • Suarez 75

Fulham

Substitutes

Liverpool

Substitutes

Ref: MasonAtt: 25,693
FULHAM
LIVERPOOL

Possession

  • Fulham 46%
  • Liverpool 54%

Attempts on target

  • Fulham 7
  • Liverpool 11

Attempts off target

  • Fulham 3
  • Liverpool 5

Corners

  • Fulham 6
  • Liverpool 5

Fouls

  • Fulham 18
  • Liverpool 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:08 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+3:54 Foul by Dirk Kuyt on Aaron Hughes, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 90:00+2:55 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Baird.
  • 89:15 Jay Spearing takes a shot. Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.
  • 88:48 Short corner taken by Joe Cole.
  • 88:38 Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 88:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Hughes on Luis Suarez. Direct free kick taken by Luis Suarez.
  • 87:37 Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 87:37 Booking The referee shows Chris Baird a yellow card.
  • 87:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Chris Baird.
  • 86:56 The ball is delivered by Jonjo Shelvey, save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 85:52 Foul by Carlos Salcido on Luis Suarez, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joe Cole from right wing, clearance by Aaron Hughes.
  • 85:07 GOAL - Steve SidwellFulham 2 - 5 Liverpool Steve Sidwell fires in a goal from outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Fulham 2-5 Liverpool.
  • 83:40 Foul by Bobby Zamora on Jose Reina, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 82:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Sidwell by Glen Johnson. Steve Sidwell takes the free kick.
  • 81:35 Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Joe Cole coming on for Rodriguez Maxi.
  • 80:21 Corner taken by Gael Kakuta from the right by-line, Jose Reina makes a save.
  • 79:13 Short corner taken by Danny Murphy from the right by-line, The ball is crossed by Chris Baird.
  • 77:44 Shot from deep inside the area by Luis Suarez clears the bar.
  • 75:34 Substitution Gael Kakuta on for Moussa Dembele.
  • 74:44 Assist on the goal came from Jonjo Shelvey.
  • 74:44 GOAL - Luis SuarezFulham 1 - 5 Liverpool Luis Suarez gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Fulham 1-5 Liverpool.
  • 73:35 Jamie Carragher takes the direct free kick.
  • 73:35 Booking Steve Sidwell receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 73:31 Steve Sidwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Leiva Lucas.
  • 72:42 Martin Skrtel fouled by Bobby Zamora, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 69:52 GOAL - Rodriguez MaxiFulham 1 - 4 Liverpool A goal is scored by Rodriguez Maxi from outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Fulham 1-4 Liverpool.
  • 68:08 Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey, clearance by Clint Dempsey.
  • 66:53 Substitution (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Andrew Johnson coming on for Eidur Gudjohnsen.
  • 65:01 Shot on goal comes in from Bobby Zamora from the free kick.
  • 65:01 Booking Martin Skrtel is cautioned.
  • 64:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Skrtel on Bobby Zamora.
  • 64:36 Moussa Dembele fouled by Jonjo Shelvey, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Baird.
  • 64:07 The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson.
  • 61:52 Corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy, Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.
  • 60:50 Direct free kick taken by Glen Johnson.
  • 60:50 Booking Carlos Salcido shown a yellow card.
  • 60:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Salcido on Luis Suarez.
  • 59:16 Aaron Hughes challenges Luis Suarez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 58:16 Glen Johnson challenges Clint Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Murphy from left wing, Jose Reina makes a save.
  • 56:49 Booking The referee books Jose Reina for time wasting.
  • 56:25 The assist for the goal came from Bobby Zamora.
  • 56:25 GOAL - Moussa DembeleFulham 1 - 3 Liverpool Moussa Dembele gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 1-3 Liverpool.
  • 55:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Salcido on Dirk Kuyt. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jonjo Shelvey, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.
  • 54:26 Centre by Glen Johnson, clearance by Aaron Hughes.
  • 52:53 Brede Hangeland challenges Luis Suarez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Glen Johnson takes the direct free kick.
  • 52:03 Dirk Kuyt challenges Aaron Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 50:45 Eidur Gudjohnsen has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 48:40 Clint Dempsey takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
  • 46:46 Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
  • 46:46 Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Jonjo Shelvey coming on for Raul Meireles.
  • 46:46 Unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey by Glen Johnson results in a free kick.
  • Correction - 45:01 Substitution Bobby Zamora is brought on as a substitute for Simon Davies.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • 45:01 Substitution Bobby Zamora on for Clint Dempsey.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:02 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+0:15 Jamie Carragher takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:00+0:15 Booking Clint Dempsey receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 45:00+0:04 Jay Spearing fouled by Clint Dempsey, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 44:26 Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
  • 43:41 Shot from outside the area by Clint Dempsey misses to the left of the goal.
  • 42:37 Unfair challenge on Steve Sidwell by Leiva Lucas results in a free kick. Carlos Salcido restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:09 Luis Suarez has an effort at goal. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 39:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Carragher by Clint Dempsey. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 38:33 Leiva Lucas takes a shot.
  • 37:59 Foul by Leiva Lucas on Simon Davies, free kick awarded. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • 37:32 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles, Clint Dempsey makes a clearance.
  • 37:21 Luis Suarez takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.
  • 36:23 Luis Suarez fouled by Brede Hangeland, the ref awards a free kick. Glen Johnson takes the free kick.
  • 35:02 Corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance.
  • 33:59 Danny Murphy takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
  • 33:15 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Simon Davies, Clint Dempsey takes a shot from 18 yards. Glen Johnson makes a clearance.
  • 33:07 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Carlos Salcido.
  • 31:39 The ball is swung over by Simon Davies, clearance by Glen Johnson.
  • 29:49 Shot by Leiva Lucas from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
  • 29:04 The ball is swung over by Chris Baird, clearance by Glen Johnson.
  • 27:50 Chris Baird gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rodriguez Maxi. Free kick taken by Raul Meireles.
  • 24:35 Unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Aaron Hughes results in a free kick. Raul Meireles delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left by-line.
  • 23:39 Shot on goal by Rodriguez Maxi from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 23:22 Brede Hangeland takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
  • 22:50 Eidur Gudjohnsen fouled by Martin Skrtel, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Baird takes the free kick.
  • 22:19 Shot from inside the six-yard box by Luis Suarez goes wide right of the goal.
  • 15:21 Assist by Glen Johnson.
  • 15:21 GOAL - Dirk KuytFulham 0 - 3 Liverpool Dirk Kuyt grabs a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 0-3 Liverpool.
  • 10:21 Danny Murphy fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
  • 9:53 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles played to the near post, Clint Dempsey makes a clearance.
  • 8:50 Corner taken by Raul Meireles, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
  • 7:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Eidur Gudjohnsen on Raul Meireles. Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.
  • 6:04 Assist by Glen Johnson.
  • 6:04 GOAL - Rodriguez MaxiFulham 0 - 2 Liverpool Rodriguez Maxi scores a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 0-2 Liverpool.
  • 4:31 Jay Spearing takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 3:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Clint Dempsey on Leiva Lucas. Jamie Carragher takes the direct free kick.
  • 2:02 Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
  • 2:02 Booking The referee cautions Danny Murphy for unsporting behaviour.
  • 1:32 Danny Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Leiva Lucas.
  • 0:31 GOAL - Rodriguez MaxiFulham 0 - 1 Liverpool Rodriguez Maxi finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 0-1 Liverpool.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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9 May 2011 23:59 UK


Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 9 May 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 36 39 76
2 Chelsea 36 37 70
3 Arsenal 36 30 67
4 Man City 35 21 62
5 Liverpool 36 18 58
6 Tottenham 35 7 56
7 Everton 36 6 51
8 Stoke 36 2 46
9 Bolton 36 -1 46
10 Fulham 36 4 45
11 Newcastle 36 -1 44
12 Sunderland 36 -12 44
13 West Brom 36 -16 43
14 Aston Villa 36 -13 42
15 Blackburn 36 -14 39
16 Birmingham 36 -18 39
17 Wolves 36 -21 37
18 Blackpool 36 -22 36
19 Wigan 36 -23 36
20 West Ham 36 -23 33

see also
Fulham v Liverpool as it happened
09 May 11 |  Football


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