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Fulham 2-3 Liverpool Prem 26 1314 Daily Star

last updated Thursday 13th February 2014, 8:53 PM
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Adrian Kajumba at Daily Star

Fulham (1) 2 Liverpool (1) 3

The win puts Brendan Rodgers' men just four points behind leaders Chelsea.

Gerrard fired home the spot-kick after Sascha Riether had dived in on striker Daniel Sturridge.

Liverpool were grateful that their red-hot striker Sturridge turned up for work.

This clash was briefly in doubt when London's Tube workers threatened industrial action.

It looked like it was Rodgers' men who had downed tools early on as they struggled to repeat their recent form at rock-bottom Fulham. But Sturridge, who hit a hat-trick on his last visit to Fulham, earned his money again by scoring for the eighth successive game to spark Liverpool back into life four minutes before the break.

Nobody would have been more relieved to see Sturridge hit the net once more than his team-mate Kolo Toure. The out-of-sorts Ivorian gifted Fulham the lead with a nightmare own-goal after eight minutes.

It was his second horrendous howler of the month after one at West Brom that cost Liverpool two points.

Kieran Richardson put Fulham 2-1 up after 63 minutes when Martin Skrtel failed to cut out a right-wing cross from Riether and the former Manchester United man fi red home.

Philippe Coutinho levelled for Liverpool nine minutes later with a deflected 25-yard drive before Gerrard's late winner.

Luis Suarez had four goals in four games against Fulham while Sturridge scored three at Craven Cottage in May.

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen made just one change to the side that started at Manchester

United, recalling Darren Bent whose last-gasp goal earned Fulham a famous 2-2 draw.

But Liverpool were unchanged for the fourth game in a row and after thrashing Arsenal 5-1.

Unfortunately for the Reds, that team included Toure whose latest gaffe handed Fulham the lead and left his own manager shaking his head in disbelief.

He made a real hash of his attempts to clear Richardson's cross and ended up shinning into his own net.

It was a slice of luck for Fulham - literally - but one they deserved after bursting out of the blocks.

Ryan Tunnicliffe tested Simon Mignolet, Dan Burn headed wide and the lively Lewis Holtby fired wide before Fulham's opener thanks to Toure.

Toure then managed to bizarrely barge over referee Phil Dowd as he continued to look all over the place.

His nervousness spread to his fellow defenders and Bent, Steve Sidwell and Holtby all came close to punishing Liverpool.

But out of the blue Sturridge made it 1-1 after being sent clear by a stunning defence-splitting pass from England skipper Gerrard.

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