Reds sink Fulham~deep into trouble

Date published: Saturday 19th April 2008 5:32

Rafa Benitez risked the wrath of Fulham’s relegation rivals by fielding another weakened Liverpool team in west London – a gift which Fulham snapped up almost a year ago with a 1-0 win.

This time the Spaniard made eight changes but once Liverpool had seen off Fulham’s inevitable early flurry and taken a 16th-minute lead through a cracking finish by Pennant they always looked likely to justify their manager’s decision.

Andriy Voronin’s pass provided the perfect lay-off for Pennant to drill a right-footed shot high inside keeper Kasey Keller’s post.

Clint Dempsey’s header finished just wide on 70, but seconds later Crouch sealed the points with a low finish which Keller should have saved.

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