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Liverpool 4-0 Fulham Prem 11 1314 Mirror

last updated Monday 11th November 2013, 1:44 PM
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Simon Mullock at The Mirror

Liverpool (3) 4 Fulham (0) 0

Luis Suarez stars as Anfield hammering puts Jol under huge pressure.

The Reds romped to victory, but the Cottagers' Dutch boss is now under the spotlight as they slide down the table.

Hollywood star Mike Myers wasn't the only comic genius at Anfield for this one.

The man behind Austin Powers and Wayne's World would have enjoyed seeing his beloved Liverpool make absolute mugs of a Fulham team about as organised as the Keystone Cops.

Luis Suarez scored twice either side of a Martin Skrtel strike as Fulham's ­resistance evaporated completely after a Fernando Amorebieta own goal.

But if Myers had taken the time to listen to Martin Jol trying to explain his team's latest capitulation, he wouldn't have been able to keep a straight face.

For the second week in succession, the Londoners raised barely a whimper in defeat.

And Jol's only excuse afterwards was that when teams like his face the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United, they shouldn't expect anything more than a chastening experience.

Last week, United scored three times in the first 22 minutes at Craven Cottage.

This time, it took Liverpool slightly longer to get the scoreboard ticking - but the scale of humiliation was just the same.

Jol admitted: "Against teams like Manchester United and Liverpool you hope for a result, but it's not the end of the world if you don't get one.

"What we have to do is keep trying to get results against more normal sides. Hopefully, in the next seven or eight months, we'll get results against top sides as well.

"But losing this game isn't the end of the world. I think there are a lot of teams we can get results against.

"There are maybe seven or eight who are no better than us and they are the games where we have to get results."

You would have to laugh if Fulham's predicament wasn't so serious - and you can be sure that owner Shahid Khan won't be amused.

If Fulham produce any more performances like this, Jol won't be long for Craven Cottage.

Apart from an early Suarez shot that was smartly saved by Maarten Steklenburg, the visitors held the Reds at arm's length with some ease in the opening 23 minutes.

But as soon as Brendan Rodgers' men turned up the heat, they melted like a candle in a bonfire.

There was an element of luck about the opening goal, Steven Gerrard's whipped free-kick flicking off Suarez's brow and only beating ­Steklenburg thanks to a double deflection off Amorebieta's head and arm.

But if the Venezuelan defender could claim misfortune for that, he was certainly culpable for ­Liverpol's second goal three minutes later.

Once again Gerrard's delivery was perfect, his delicious outswinging corner being met by Skrtel as he left Amorebieta for dead to bullet home.

Only a stunning save from Steklenburg prevented Coutinho joining in the carnage before Suarez made in three in the 36th minute.

Once again Gerrard was heavily involved, first embarrassing Berbatov with a nutmeg and then switching play to Jordan Henderson on the right flank.

Henderson's precision pass into the path of Suarez was just as impressive and the Uruguayan's right foot did the rest.

It was now a case of how many Liverpool could score.

In the end, despite several chances, Suarez only added one more in the 54th minute, with another right-foot finish.

It was enough though and Gerrard was replaced in the 67th minute to a standing ovation.

"I said to the players when I arrived that we don't make the most of Steven," said Kop boss Rodgers.

"His delivery is as good as it gets and we are now much more aggressive when he puts the ball in there. It was a very good performance. We had 30 shots on goal, so we were very dominant."

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