Liverpool 0-0 Fulham

Premier League
Sunday 11 April 2010 - 3:00 pm
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There was a minutes silence in honour of the 21st anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster this coming Thursday

Liverpool left their hopes of finishing in the top four in shatters today at Anfield, as all the reds could muster was a draw against a determined Fulham side. With Torres out of the squad with a knee problem and Kuyt and Lucas on the bench, all three scorers from the team that took Benfica apart in midweek were missing. Instead, it was left up to young French striker Ngog to shoulder the responsibility of bagging the goals. It was soon evident that it was going to be a tough afternoon for the Frenchman and his fellow team mates as Fulham set their stall out to be very tough to penetrate.

As this was to be the last game before 15th April, a minutes silence before kick off was impeccably observed in memory of the 96 people who lost their lives at Hillsborough 21 years ago this week.

Within the opening minutes Liverpool had already tested Schwarzer with Maxi and Aquilani going close. In the 23rd minute Liverpool made a great move into the Fulham box which seen Aquilani have his overhead kick saved. Moments later he latched onto a great Babel cross to head over the bar. It seemed like Liverpool were going to be knocking on the door of Fulham and keep testing their resolve. It looked like only a matter of time until Liverpool picked up a goal.

But Fulham had obviously come to park the bus in front of goal at Anfield as Liverpool heavily dominated the possession. As the first half progressed it was becoming a frustrating afternoon for the reds in the final third.

Second half started off in the same manner as the first. Liverpool trying to get the better of a tough wall of Fulham players. Aquilani again getting in on the action. In the 48th minute Aquilani was presented with a shot in the box. But his effort was weak and was easily dealt with by the Fulham keeper. Minutes later Ngog broke down to the byline and passed the ball inwards to Maxi, who then presented the ball to Aquilani on the edge of the box. He gave a crafted curl to his shot but again, Schwarzer was equal to it.

Liverpool continued to press Fulham in their own half but in the final third, for all the possession, Liverpool just couldn’t find the breakthrough. In the 63rd minute, Ryan Babal cut in from the left and drilled a great shot to the near post. It was on target but again, Schwarzer was on hand to keep the Fulham goal safe. But it was reds defender Kyrgiakos who was probably presented with the best chance of the match. As the ball was played into the area from Kuyt, Kyrgiakos found himself with a free header from five yards out, but the big man could only head his chance over the bar. It was looking more and more likely it wasn’t going to be Liverpool’s day.

The Liverpool performance wasn’t a bad one. There’s been plenty worse this season. But there just seemed to be that bit of drive or urgency missing. Although credit has to go to Fulham for coming to Anfield and doing a job of keeping the reds out in the final third, Liverpool lacked that bit of spark to catch them out or that bit of scrappiness to carve an opening out when the opposition box was congested.

When Liverpool disposed of Benfica on Thursday evening just gone, we had the Anfield crowd in full support, Kuyt on hand to score a scrappy goal, Lucas on board to break free and surprise the opposition and Torres on hand to be his ruthless self. Apart from Kuyt getting 20 odd minutes on the pitch in the second half and a forced change with Torres being out injured. All these things were missing against Fulham when perhaps they shouldn’t have been.

Rafa Benitez

I am a little bit disappointed, normally when you control the game and have chances you can score. We know the fourth position is a little bit far away.

They were deep, they were well organised and we had to score. We had one or two chances, their keeper was good, but it’s not easy to find space when they have players behind the ball.

We needed to be patient and it was not easy to find the final pass in the final third.

I am disappointed because I feel that we had plenty of possession

LIVERPOOL: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Agger, Mascherano, Aquilani (Kuyt 64), Babel (Benayoun 71), Gerrard, Maxi, Ngog (Pacheco 78).

FULHAM: Schwarzer, Konchesky, Hangeland, Hughes, Baird, Duff, Murphy (Dikgacoi 75), Etuhu, Greening (Riise 82), Nevland, Zamora (Okaka 67).

Ref: Andre Marriner

Attendance: 42,331

8 comments on
Liverpool 0-0 Fulham

  1. I don’t understand why he dose’nt try Pecheco and Babel up front and giggle things around in mid to try and include Masch, Gerro and Aquallani or at the very least go with two up front ! I mean it hardly ever works that well with Torres on his own so how is it going to be any better with Ngog or Kuyt ?

    We could do with being more attack minded all in all not so predictable at times…

  2. Without Torres we rarely stand a chance of scoring.Rafa ignored the need to sign another forward during the transfer window. .N’go is average and Pecheco hasn’t been given a chance so what do we expect??

    We seem to have a clearout every season replacing departed players with complete rubbish like Aquilani,for this reason the team hasn’t been strong or settled for a while.It’s easy to make a shopping list but far more difficult to purchase in the market without the required funds.Even if we had £200 million Benitez would waste it on garbage,i wouldn’t trust him with a penny so don’t blame the Yanks for being tight fisted!

    Both Yanks and Rafa out at the end of the season…

  3. new owners, new players new season, hope england get smashed out of the world cup and i hope torres gets better for the long term, it is to much now that he gets injuried as he does?.

    clear out is needed,
    babel, reira, degen, itandge, cavalieri, itandge, plessies, darby, spearing, nemeth, san jose, aurelio, benayoun, el zhar.

    that lots gets us £ 40 million plus.

    we need

    left back
    left winger/ wideman/
    creative playmaker/ right sided winger;


    • Samuel Charles, I totally agree with you. 80% of the players you’ve mentioned are not worthy to wear that Red shirt at all. I also agree with the positions that need replacement urgently. Question is, will Rafa do it or does he also need to go?

      • YE i agree with most on that list but im pretty sure we’ve not got two itandge’s lol, but we do need to heavily invest in the squad now otherwise it really will be over.
        At the very least we need a good 60 – 80 million to invest ( its that bad) Because we’ve lost three quality players last summer in HYPPIA , ALONSO and to a lesser extent Arbeloa we were already up against it to start with but there are some areas that have needed strengthening for five years ! and this has to be addressed asap. Lets hope it dose ……

  4. This had nil nil written all over it as soon as torres wasn’t going to play and then with both kuyt and yossi not starting out goes the urgencey in attack ! We did ok but posession counts for nothing if we dont score ( did we learn nothing from this fixture last season ?)
    Im sick of all the excuses too apart from a great result in “Europe” we’ve had two draws against teams we should be going for the throat of and it’s a joke how the team always seems up for Europe and not the league !!!!

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