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Fulham 3-1 Liverpool: All things red at the Cottage

October 31, 2009
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Two fairly atrocious decisions from referee Lee Mason, and some bizarre substitutions from Rafael Benitez made for another woeful afternoon at the office for the Liverpool gaffer.

It was a game that people were cautious about following the 2-0 win over Man Utd last weekend – it’s one of those Liverpool should win but very often don’t. Fulham opened the scoring half way through the first half thanks to Bobby Zamora, before Fernando Torres levelled just before the break with his 10th League goal of the season. However, it went very quickly downhill from there for the visitors, who conceeded to Erik Nevland after 73 minutes before the first of the red cards.

Philipp Degen’s challenge was late. Nothing more. It was worthy of a yellow card. Nothing more. Disbelief was the common emotion when Mr. Mason produced red for the Swiss full-back. Clint Dempsey certainly made the most of the tackle, which on replay shows Degen actually made contact with the American with his back. As for Jamie Carragher’s sending off, it was pretty similar to that one on Michael Owen 6 days ago, apart from being much less of a foul. Carra was guilty of getting on the wrong side of Zamora, a bit of tugging on shirts followed from both parties, before Carragher made a perfectly timed, perfectly legal lunge for the ball. However, the referee saw something that no one else saw and handed the Liverpool skipper his first red card of the season.

Clint Dempsey wrapped up the win for Fulham just before full-time, but all the talk now will be about Benitez’s future, again. Especially after taking a furious Yossi Benayoun off before all the drama unfolded. Time will tell.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2009 12:57 am

    After last weekend Manchester United fans, quite rightly, will probably be suffering quite a bit of frustration following defeat in the first of their two must wins games against this years mediocre Liverpool.

    Sure, Manchester City and Arsenal are crucial, the first for local bragging rights and the second for the Premiership bigger picture, but how can Liverpool lift themselves for the visit of Sir Alex Ferguson and the lads and then revert to type away to Fulham? I say that with respect to Fulham and Roy Hodgson, but, truth be told Fulham are only ever going to be contenders for positions seven, after a good season, down to fifteen.

    Liverpool retain fifth spot courtesy of Manchester City and Aston Villa playing fewer games but they look far from top four material. With a tough looking November fixture list with four away games, including a short trip to Everton and a make or break Champions League rubber against Lyon in France, Rafa Benitez is up against it.

    Big month then for “the Spanish waiter” how he could do with much more than a two man team!!

  2. maserati4200 permalink
    November 1, 2009 10:05 am

    This just illustrates what a poor quality squad Liverpool have. If you don’t have a strong bench, you win nothing.

    Taking Yossi Benayoun off was madness, although in character for Benitez and his cautious approach – he was happy with a draw at that point.

  3. November 1, 2009 10:51 am

    George i think this piece needs to focus more on Liverpool’s inadequacies rather than those of the referee

    Degen’s red was harsh, but he did dive in with both feet off the ground, which constitutes dangerous play..were gonna see more reds in the coming months for such tackles…and yes Dempsey did make the most of it and this probably convinced the ref

    Carragher should have gone earlier for his ‘convenient’ lean and lunge across Zamora in the area as the last man. As you said he got the wrong side of the man and the law states you must not make any tackle from behind, which Carra did. He defo got his toe on the ball, but the law states it is still a foul. The shirt tug didnt help his case. He was the last man so if the ref calls a foul he has to see red.

    I have no idea what the fcuk is going on at Anfield. Rafa’s decision making is seriously flawed and i felt that after they beat us that this would happen, with no Gerrard. A loss midweek would surely be the end of Benitez, if they get knocked out of Europe. They cant keep patching Torres up and expect him to win them every game. City are gonna push Liverpool hard for fourth spot

  4. George permalink
    November 1, 2009 1:51 pm

    Well I think everyone knows the inadequacies Liverpool have – we’ve talked a lot about them on WDKF recently, and I felt the referee had a shocker. As did most of them this weekend to be frank.

    Benitez surely has to go soon. We’re playing awful right now, his decision making is bizarre and no one seems to have any confidence at all. Something has to change, I’ve been saying it for a long time now.

  5. November 1, 2009 4:41 pm

    Did I read somewhere something about Liverpool not being financially able to sack Benitez as he’s only this year signed a new contract and he’d be looking at over £10 million payout?

  6. Desmond permalink
    November 2, 2009 11:54 am

    The payout is reported to be arnd 15 – 20 million because he just signed a 5 year contract that will cummulate to that amount. Then, read somewhere, they are going to let a player go to have enough funds to give reina a new contract. Damn, initially it was funny but now its just sad.

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