Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Liverpool v Fulham

The defeat to Villa now a week old, Liverpool played host to Fulham hoping to get back to winning ways and with a hectic festive schedule ahead in came Suso and Downing while Sterling and Allen dropped to the bench.

Liverpool started well as Agger headed over after a nice flick from Jonjo Shelvey which caused chaos in the box and within minutes they were in front after a well controlled Gerrard corner found Skrtel who volleyed into the top corner to break the deadlock in the eighth minute.

The lead should have increased with both Agger and Downing trying their luck but in the 36th minute the advantage stretched to two goals as Downing put a nice pass into the box and in ran Gerrard to turn and drive the ball past Schwarzer into the bottom corner and Liverpool had a comfortable lead into the interval.

Fulham had no real threat and in trying to force their way back into the game they left themselves open to a Liverpool counter-attack which saw Downing carve in from the right and surge into the box before smashing the ball in past Schwarzer to surely kill off any Fulham hopes after only 51 minutes.

Schwarzer denied Liverpool from hitting a fourth with some skillful saves but in injury time his heroics were over as Suarez tapped home to secure a well deserved win for the home side in their last home game of 2012.

Next up is the first of a quick treble as Liverpool travel to face Stoke on Boxing day before QPR and Sunderland either side of the new year.