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Liverpool v Fulham




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Wednesday, 15 March
Kick-off: 2000 GMT
BBC Radio Five Live




















BIG-MATCH FACTS

<LI>LIVERPOOL have the ideal opportunity to banish their blues when they come face to face with Fulham, the club with the weakest away record in the top division. But the recently dethroned European champions will beware of the "Ides of March", as defeat would result in the Cottagers' first ever League win at Anfield and their first ever 'double' over Liverpool. This midweek fixture was originally scheduled for 17 April but brought forward because of the possibility of a Champions League fixture for Liverpool in that week. However Benfica put paid to that a week ago, and their misery was compounded by Steven Gerrard's back pass at Highbury on Sunday, which gifted Thierry Henry and Arsenal a second goal and all three points.

<LI>The Merseysiders go into their 51st match of the season looking for a first victory in four League and Cup outings this month to close the gap on second-placed Manchester United to two points, although even before kick off Rafael Benitez' side have played one more match than the Red Devils. Liverpool have not scored more than a single goal in 10 Premiership matches, failing to find the net in four of them. But on home territory they've not lost in 12 Premiership games since early October - winning 10 of them - with clean sheets in the last three.

<LI>Fernando Morientes scored his first Anfield goal when Liverpool won last season's corresponding fixture 3-1.

<LI>FULHAM are slipping towards the abyss, with five defeats in seven games, including the last three. A 0-4 home loss to Arsenal was sandwiched between away reverses at Bolton and Everton. They've not suffered four successive League losses since West Ham, Southampton, Arsenal and Aston Villa defeated them between 23 October and 9 November 2002.

<LI>Chris Coleman's side are still to notch their first win of the season away from Craven Cottage, and have lost their last seven in a row on the road. The Cottagers are two places and eight points above safety, but third bottom Birmingham have a game in hand on them.

<LI>Fulham bade farewell to club legend Johnny Haynes in the most fitting way possible - with a victory over Liverpool at Craven Cottage in October. Collins John opened the scoring with his third in as many games.



REFEREE:
Alan Wiley (Burntwood, Staffordshire)




SEQUENCES/RECENT FORM

LIVERPOOL
Club stats
Fixtures
3rd 55 points
Highest achievable: 3rd
Lowest could fall: 3rd


Won one of the last five in all competitions.
Claimed 10 points from the last 15 available in the Premiership.
Won 16 Premiership matches. Only Chelsea (24) and Manchester United (18) have won more.
Conceded 19 goals in the Premiership; only Chelsea have a tighter defence (18).
Kept 19 clean sheets in the top flight this term - more than any other club.
Their 27 League games have yielded 53 goals (34 for, 19 against). At 1.83 goals per game, it's the lowest such ratio in the Premier League.
Not scored more than a single goal in 10 Premier League outings.
Gone 12 games since winning by more than a single goal (1-3 at Everton on 28 December).
Recorded one goalless draw in 25 Premiership outings.
<LI>In the first 15 minutes of Premiership matches this season, they have scored only twice but have conceded only once.

Liverpool's home record is inferior only to Chelsea. The Londoners have accumulated 43 points at the Bridge, the Reds 36 points at Anfield.
Conceded only five League goals at Anfield - the tightest home defence in the top division.
Unbeaten in 12 home League encounters (10 wins, two draws).
Kept clean sheets in 11 of the last 12 League games at Anfield, including the last three.
Not conceded in 272 minutes (four hours 32 minutes) of top flight football at Anfield.
<LI>Let in one goal in 1,088 minutes (18 hours eight minutes) of home League football.

FULHAM
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Fixtures
16th 32 points
Highest achievable: 14th
Lowest could fall: 16th


Lost last three Premiership matches against Bolton (a), Arsenal (h) and Everton (a).
Picked up one win in five League games, losing the other four.
Completed 14 League games since a scoreless draw (away to West Brom on 3 December).
Lost the lead 11 times in the Premiership - that's more than any other club.
Lost four top flight games from a winning position.
<LI>Conceded 14 Premiership goals in the last 15 minutes - more than any other club.

Only three of Fulham's 32 points have been secured away from Craven Cottage. The difference of 29 points is the widest gap in the Premiership.
Picked up 14 wins from 91 away Premier League matches all-time.
Lost the last seven away Premiership matches.
Without an away League victory in 15 since their last match of last season on the road (1-3 at Blackburn on 7 May).
Only points from their top flight travels have come from draws with Newcastle, Charlton and West Brom.
The goalless draw at West Brom on 3 December is the last time Fulham picked up a point on the road.
<LI>Kept only one clean sheet away from home this season, and one in 26 League games on the road since the beginning of December 2004, at West Brom on 3 December 2005.



KEY PLAYER NOTES/POTENTIAL MILESTONES

LIVERPOOL
Squad profiles


If he starts, Peter CROUCH will be making his 150th career League start.
<LI>If he's involved, Steve FINNAN will be playing against his former club.

FULHAM
Squad profiles


Goalkeeper Tony WARNER began his professional career with Liverpool.
<LI>Should he get a run out, Niclas JENSEN will be making his 50th career Premiership appearance (Bolton, Charlton and Fulham).



LAST SEASON'S CORRESPONDING GAME:
Liverpool 3-1 Fulham
5 February 2005 - Ref: Rob Styles
Liverpool scorers: Morientes 9, Hyypia 63, Baros 77
Fulham scorer: Cole 16




THIS SEASON'S REVERSE FIXTURE:
Fulham 2-0 Liverpool
22 October 2005 - Ref: Martin Atkinson
Fulham scorers: John 30, Boa Morte 90




HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS
League: Liverpool 20 wins, Fulham 6, Draws 11
Prem: Liverpool 5 wins, Fulham 2, Draws 2


HEAD TO HEAD at Liverpool
League: Liverpool 13 wins, Fulham 0, Draws 5
Prem: Liverpool 2 wins, Fulham 0, Draws 2



 

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we need to drive, too many of our players treat the ball like a hot potato, every single arsenal player on sunday menaced with the ball, even if they ended up just laying it off
 

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we need to drive, but we need to make sure we don't get frustrated if we are not scoring, because the sucker punch is always likely if we drop heads. tommorow's game is pivotal, crucial to how our season goes. We need to keep the pace and gather momentum. i'd go:

----------Reina------------
-Finnan-Carra-Sami-Warnock-
--LG----gerrard--didi--Harold
------djib----Fowler:pp--


does anyone know if PL is taking guesses on what min a legal fowler goal will be disallowed again :depress:

:D:pp

C'Mon Liverpool :proud:
 

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the rot has come to an end from now on mark my words. dont be surprised i smell something going on??????????????????????
 

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Gerrard has a show in store.
 

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Well, Fulham have the worst away record in the EPL, much like us last season... But won't be easy. Important game as we don't have many left and another slip and we'll find the Mancs running away with automatic qualification to the CL (Which is virtually the new number 1 place in the league since Chelsea are too good to finish below 1st)
 

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yep I think agger is starting ,the local newspaper seems to think so .
 

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Well a point to address is our players running out of steam... The early start of the season really affected us and we are suffering from it now...

We had a great run earlier this season when we had all our regulars playing week in week out, but it's all changed now
 

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No Cisse...if he can't get a game by now he really is finished at Liverpool. Traore is inevitable with Risse out. Morientes. :sigh:

Reina
Traore
Jamie
Agger
Finnan
Kewell
Gerrard
Didi
Garcia
Fowler
Morientes

Subs:

Dudek
Hyypia
Cisse
Crouch
Warnock
 

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morientes should have scored ,on the shoulder of the last defender ,weak shot ,he could have easily scored, for gods sake.
 
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