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Liverpool v Fulham - Background

last updated Tuesday 14th March 2006, 3:48 PM
Liverpool are 3rd with 55 points
and their highest achievable position
after Wednesday is 3rd while
the lowest could be 3rd
  • 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 be wary of the "Ides of March", as defeat would result in the Cottagers' first ever away League win against them and first ever 'double' over them. 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 Arsenal and Thierry Henry a second goal and all three points.
  • 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 Rafeal 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 engagements since early October, winning 10 of them with clean sheets in the last three.
  • Fernando Morientes scored his first Anfield goal when Liverpool won last season's corresponding fixture 3-1.
  • 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.
  • Shipped 19 goals in the top table. Only Chelsea have a tighter defence with 18 goals conceded.
  • 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 highest League.
  • Not scored more than a single goal in 10 Premier League outings.
  • Gone 12 highest League contests since winning by more than a single goal (1-3 at Everton on 28 December).
  • Recorded one goalless draw in 25 Premiership outings.
  • Scored only twice in the first 15 minutes of Premiership matches this season.
  • Conceded only once in the opening quarter-hour of top tier matches this term.
  • 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 soccer at Anfield.
  • Let in one goal in 1,088 minutes (18 hours eight minutes) of League soccer in front of the home faithful.
  • If on the field from the outset, Peter CROUCH will be making his 150th career League start.
  • If he participates, Steve FINNAN will be playing against his former club.
LAST SEASON'S CORRESPONDING GAME - 5 February 2005

Liverpool 3-1 Fulham
Fulham are 16th with 32 points
and their highest achievable position
after Wednesday is 14th while
the lowest could be 16th.
  • 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.
  • Chris Coleman's side are still to notch their first maximum 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.
  • 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.
  • Lost last three Premiership matches against Bolton (a), Arsenal (h) and Everton (a).
  • Picked up one win in five top flight encounters, losing the other four.
  • Completed 14 top flight encounters since a scoreless draw (away to West Brom on 3 December).
  • Lost the lead 11 times in the Premiership - that's more occasions than any other club.
  • Lost four top flight games from a winning position.
  • Conceded 14 Premiership goals in the last 15 minutes - more than any other club in that sector.
  • Only three of Fulham's 32 points have been secured away from Craven Cottage. The difference of 29 points is the widest such dichotamy in the highest division.
  • 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.
  • Kept only one clean sheet on their top flight travels this season, and one in 26 League games on the road since the beginning of December 2004 (that being, at West Brom on 3 December 2005).
  • Goalkeeper Tony WARNER began his professional career with Liverpool.
  • Should he get a run out, Niclas JENSEN will be making his 50th career Premiership appearance (Bolton, Charlton and Fulham).
HEAD TO HEAD RESULTS
Liverpool Draw Fulham
League 20 6 11
Premier 5 2 2
HEAD TO HEAD at LIVERPOOL
Liverpool Draw Fulham
League 13 5 0
Premier 2 2 0
Source BBC Sport
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