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Luis Suárez’s irrepressible return from his early-season suspension continued apace but, against a Fulham defence that conceded three first half goals for the second successive week, it said as much about the opposition as the South American’s goalscoring prowess.

The controversial forward claimed one, possibly two, of the three goals that Brendan Rodgers’ side scored within the space of 13 first half minutes, a period that posed further questions about the job security of Fulham manager Martin Jol.

The fact that the first two came from Steven Gerrard set-pieces, appallingly defended by the visitors, underscored the weaknesses that have seen Fulham planted deep in the early season relegation frame.

The first, after 23 minutes, was a free-kick from the right of the field which Suárez converted with a header that took a kindly deflection off the shoulder of defender Fernando Amorebieta and which, initially at least, was credited as an own goal.

Three minutes later, and in almost identical fashion, Gerrard’s right-wing corner found the unmarked Martin Skrtel who steered a stooping header past Maarten Stekelenburg.

Impressive Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho could count himself unfortunate not to add his name to the scoresheet with a series of impressive, long-range shots, one of which drew a stunning, acrobatic save from Stekelenburg.

But after 36 minutes, any vague notion of a Fulham recovery was removed when Gerrard’s sweeping pass found Jordan Henderson. His threaded pass, in turn, played in Suárez, ahead of a defence conspicuous by its absence, and the low finish past Stekelenburg was as technically perfect as it was predictable.

The second half opened with early chances spurned by Daniel Sturridge and, surprisingly, Suárez before the latter claimed his second of the day on 53 minutes.

Again, it came courtesy of shoddy defending as Kieran Richardson dithered on the ball and was dispossessed by Gerrard who played in Suárez for yet another excellent finish and his eighth league goal in six games since his return from suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic.

Source: Telegraph

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