Fulham have had a formidable home record since the turn of the year with six wins and a draw in seven outings and only Blackburn during this run have managed to breach the Cottagers defence.
The Reds themselves have had a resurgence of form under Dalglish and they took the lead after just 31 seconds. Schwarzer’s poor clearance went straight to Maxi Rodriguez who swept home the opening goal.
On six minutes the Argentinean then doubled the visitor’s advantage. Glen Johnson sends a cross to the far post and Maxi squeezes the ball past the Australian keeper who really should have done better.
By the 16th minute it is game over as Dirk Kuyt scores his ninth goal in the last eight games. The Dutchman tries his luck from out wide and the embarrassed Cottagers keeper allows the ball to squirm through his grasp and over the line.
Mark Hughes clearly had strong words at the interval with his player’s and they pulled a goal back almost immediately.
Liverpool’s defence gave time and space for Moussa Dembele to reduce the deficit. But any hopes of a dramatic comeback were quickly dashed as the visitor’s scored twice in quick succession.
Maxi duly earned himself his second hat-trick in three games when he collected a loose ball, strode forward and hammered a 25 yard screamer past Schwarzer.
From the Cottagers point of view though it was too little, too late as the subdued reaction to the goal testified.
Referee: Lee Mason
Venue: Craven Cottage
03 Salcido (yellow card)
06 Baird (yellow card)
07 Sidwell (yellow card)
13 Murphy (yellow card)
23 Dempsey (yellow card)
29 Davies (Zamora 46)
22 Gudjohnsen (Johnson 67)
30 Dembele (Kakuta 76)
25 Reina (yellow card)
02 G Johnson
37 Skrtel (yellow card)
04 Meireles (Shelvey 48)
17 Maxi (Cole 82)