What a match at Craven Cottage! Time to round-up the key stats from the match and the season so far.
- Every outfield player for Liverpool completed more passes than Fulham’s top passer, Lewis Holtby, who was accurate with thirty-two passes.
- The whole Fulham team created six chances and completed five dribbles; Raheem Sterling created four chances and completed four dribbles on his own
- Daniel Sturridge scored a goal and assisted another in the same match for the sixth time for Liverpool. He has never got an assist for the Reds without scoring in the same game.
- His assist for Coutinho was Sturridge’s fourth of the season, and the first that wasn’t for Luis Suárez.
- Via @infostradalive:
Daniel Sturridge’s has scored in his last 7 PL appearances – the first Liverpool player to do so in the Premier League.
- Sturridge now averages a goal contribution per game for Liverpool – thirty goals and seven assists in thirty-seven appearances:
- Liverpool have now scored fifty-eight goals when both Sturridge and Suárez have been on the pitch together at a rate of one every thirty-four minutes. With three tonight, that seems about right!
- Via @Optajoe:
9 – Steven Gerrard has matched his best ever total of assists in a PL season (level with 2012-13 & 2008-09). Vintage.
- The skipper now has ten assists for the season in all competitions, which is the joint-most for Liverpool, along with Suárez.
- Gerrard assisted Sturridge for the fourth time this season; only Henderson to Suárez, with five, has been a more productive combination in 2013/14.
- Luis Suárez hit the woodwork for the sixth time this season; no other player in the league has done so more than three times.
- Joao Teixeira came on to make his Liverpool debut. He is the ninth player to do so this season, and the 22nd under Brendan Rodgers.
- The Reds scored three goals, including a penalty, hit the post, scored an own goal and committed a defensive error leading to a Fulham goal. Never dull, is it?!
- It’s not all good though: Liverpool have now conceded two-or-more in nine of their thirteen away league games this season, and nineteen out of thirty-two in total under Rodgers (read more on that here).
- The Reds have now scored for sixteen league games in a row. This is the longest such run by any team in the top flight this season, and Liverpool have only had a longer run in one previous Premier League campaign.
- Liverpool have now scored sixty-six goals this season; they’ve only scored more in eight of the previous twenty-one complete Premier League seasons.
- The Reds have now scored ninety-three goals in their last thirty-eight league games – for the period since 2004/05, this is a new club record.
- Liverpool have now taken sixteen points more than they got from their corresponding fixtures last season. This is currently a larger improvement than every other team in the division.
- Liverpool now have more points (fifty-three) than they earned in the whole of 2011/12, with twelve games still to play.
- The Reds have taken a quite incredible seventy-eight points from their last thirty-eight league games. The last time they had done so well? After the Fulham away match in October 2009.
- This was the Reds’ first win after going behind since the corresponding fixture at Craven Cottage last season.
- If Liverpool win their next match, they will have more points after twenty-seven games than in every previous Premier League season. Yes, even 2008/09!
Not a great performance by any means, but a fantastic result. And now you’re going to believe us?!
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