Liverpool are now within touching distance of the team which beat them last weekend after a very solid and efficient display of football against a rather poor Fulham side.
Brendan Rodgers had some big calls to make in terms of selection heading into the game and he got everything spot on as a goal from Martin Skrtel and a brace from Luis Suarez allowed Liverpool to cash in on an early Fulham own goal.
Here are five things we learned about Liverpool from the 90 minutes.
Liverpool changed from a 3-5-2 system to a more conventional four at the back.
They looked comfortable with Glen Johnson and Aly Cissokho on either side of Skrtel and the returning Daniel Agger.
It shows Rodgers and his side are versatile.
The Danish centre back returned to the back four with Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho missing out.
He looked calm, composed and almost as though he’s never been out of the side.
Liverpool cannot let any side come sniffing around him in the transfer market, regardless of whether they dangle a huge price.
This lad has to play whenever he’s available for Liverpool because he gives the midfield a different edge and an extra dimension.
He is such a good player in so many aspects; he creates space for others, he passes well, he shoots well and he reads the game perfectly based on what’s going on around him.
Liverpool had 68% of the ball throughout the game and a large part of that was down to the Brazilian.
We didn’t learn too much about Suarez that we didn’t already know.
He took his goals well and further proved that he’s near impossible to play against when he’s in the mood to perform.
He led the attack with Daniel Sturridge playing a slightly wider roles at times, where he looked less effective. Sturridge still had a decent game but he’s easier to contain when he plays wide.
SAS are better when they’re both playing through the middle but they need to find a way to adapt to the different systems that their boss wants them to use.
It’s going to come down to the big games in terms of how Liverpool do this season because they’re too good for the teams outside the top bracket.
The response from the Arsenal defeat shows a good level of determination but the real test is going to come in the bigger fixtures heading into a busy winter schedule.
All in all, Liverpool looked good and they played impressive football that would have been difficult for any side this afternoon.
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