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Skrtel switches focus to Fulham

9 February 2014 11:14

Martin Skrtel has called on Liverpool to look forward following their stunning 5-1 demolition of Arsenal on Saturday.

Centre-back Skrtel was the unlikely source of the Merseysiders' opening two goals at Anfield, with the Slovakia captain converting two Steven Gerrard set-piece deliveries inside the first 10 minutes.

That brace set the ball rolling for a scintillating Liverpool display, which saw them move four goals to the good by the 20th minute thanks to further strikes from Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.

Brendan Rodgers' fourth-placed side now sit just six points behind new Premier League leaders Chelsea after a run of six top-flight games without defeat - reigniting talk of a potential title challenge.

However, while revelling in a superb performance against Arsene Wenger's men, Skrtel feels it is vital for Liverpool to abide by the mantra of taking each game as it comes and is refusing to look any further ahead than Wednesday's trip to bottom-placed Fulham.

"It was a perfect win for us," the 29-year-old told the club's official website.

"We knew before the game it was going to be tough, and it's always special when you play big teams like Arsenal.

"We just wanted to start the game well and show we were ready for them - to be leading 4-0 after 20 minutes was perfect. We're just happy we got three points from the game.

"We are ready. We beat Everton 4-0, we beat Arsenal 5-1 - they are big wins and big points for us. Now we have to be focused for the next game we play, on Wednesday.

"We need to get three points there as well - we're going from game to game, trying to get as many points as we can.

"We'll see where we finish at the end of the season. We know what we're playing for - we're fighting for our life to get into the top four."

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2 - 3

Competition
Premier League
Date
12 February 2014
Game week
26
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
2 - 3
Venue
Craven Cottage (London)
Attendance
25375

Goals

K. Touré (OG) 8'  
1 - 0
1 - 1
41' D. Sturridge
 (assist by S. Gerrard)
2 - 1
2 - 2
2 - 3
90'+1 S. Gerrard (PG)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
4 90+1'
3
27 50'
33
7
15 63' 64'
6 9'
10
19
39
Coach: R. Meulensteen
# Player Bookings
22
4 8'
37
20
38
8 90+1' 90+2'
14 77'
10 56' 72'
31
7
15 41'
Coach: B. Rodgers

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
53
5
1
9
12
24
34

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 35 +52 80
2 35 +41 75
3 34 +56 74
4 35 +21 70
5 35 +23 69
6 35 +2 63
7 34 +16 57
8 35 +5 49
9 35 -15 46
10 35 -10 44
11 35 -13 43
12 35 -10 37
13 35 -4 36
14 34 -9 36
15 34 -14 35
16 34 -13 33
17 35 -28 32
18 35 -34 30
19 35 -42 30
20 34 -24 29

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