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Rodgers wary of Fulham after Old Trafford point

11 February 2014 08:46

Brendan Rodgers has warned his Liverpool players not to underestimate bottom side Fulham on Wednesday after their Old Trafford heroics.

Despite propping up the rest of the Premier League and suffering FA Cup humiliation against League One Sheffield United last Tuesday, Fulham took the lead at Manchester United on Sunday and then equalised in the 94th minute through Darren Bent to earn a 2-2 draw.

Liverpool head to Craven Cottage fresh from hammering Arsenal 5-1 at the weekend and having thumped Fulham 4-0 at Anfield back in November, but Rodgers is wary of Rene Meulensteen's men.

"Every game is critical for us, whether it's the top team or the bottom team," said the Liverpool manager.

"I think you saw (on Sunday) they've got some very good players. They showed great resilience in the game, they took the lead.

"I know some of the players there - brilliant professionals, Steve Sidwell I've worked with, Scott Parker, Damien Duff, all players that are outstanding players with good experience.

"But we understand that it won't be an easy game, because there are no easy games and obviously away from home in the Premier League it is difficult, but we have a belief and a confidence in our play and hopefully we can take that into Wednesday's game and get another good three points."

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight games in all competitions and are on course to secure a return to the UEFA Champions League next season.

Rodgers added: "I keep the focus on improving the players, improving their performance level and you can see the continuation of that development that we've made in the last 18 months that we're going to be a match.

"So my focus is just on improving that."

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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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23:26
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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 1 +2 3
2 1 +2 3
3 1 +1 3
4 1 +1 3
5 1 +1 3
6 1 +1 3
7 1 +1 3
8 1 +1 3
9 1 +0 1
10 1 +0 1
11 1 +0 1
12 1 +0 1
13 1 -1 0
14 1 -1 0
15 1 -1 0
16 1 -1 0
17 1 -1 0
18 1 -1 0
19 1 -2 0
20 1 -2 0

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