Were Liverpool great or were Fulham just poor?

Inevitably when one team plays well, some will say another has played badly. So how did Liverpool and Fulham perform against each other?

Liverpool have been winning yet more plaudits after bouncing back from their disappointing defeat to Arsenal last weekend with a comprehensive victory over Fulham this time around. Though 4-0 will suggest a good performance from the men in red, the visitors didn’t help themselves.

It actually took a little while for Liverpool to get going, but when they got going they punished the Cottagers. Early on in the game there was a bit of fight about Fulham but they seemed to be set up all wrong, their defence was worryingly deep from the off as Liverpool played through the midfield with relative ease – the only time they seemed to be stopped was because of poorly time challenges from Scott Parker.

But as soon as Liverpool broke the deadlock in a fortunate manner courtesy of an own goal from Fernando Amorebieta, it was all downhill from there. Soon after one Steven Gerrard set-piece led to a goal, another followed courtesy of Martin Skrtel. The marking was non-existent as the Slovakian ran into a gaping hole to double Liverpool’s advantage.

Liverpool took advantage of some slack play there, but there was no need for them to be at their best.

The third was probably the best goal of the game as Gerrard played the ball to Henderson who threaded it through to Luis Suarez, but by this time Fulham had accepted defeat. In the introduction of Bryan Ruiz at half time failed to spark any life into the game, then followed a fourth which came from Liverpool’s good pressing.

Liverpool did press well as they went through the gears but there was no real response from the visitors. There was no apparent shift in intensity, and even when Gerrard was withdrawn from the action for Joe Allen to take his place, Liverpool went through a period of play where they managed to string around 30 passes together with relative ease.

Were Liverpool good? Of course, they controlled the game, pressed well and could have scored more given they had over 30 shots on goal, but Fulham’s display was poor given the amount of experience their side possesses. If they continue with more performances like that they’re in serious of danger of falling through the relegation trap door.

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