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PREMIER LEAGUE: Late show at Fulham sees Liverpool close the gap

Liverpool have twice come from behind to eventually defeat Fulham 3-2 at Craven Cottage thanks to an injury-time penalty from skipper Steven Gerrard.

The Reds, fresh off a 5-1 demolition of Arsenal on Saturday, fell behind inside eight minutes in comical circumstances when Kolo Toure sliced Kieran Richardson's cross into the back of his own net.

Brendan Rodgers' men were able to steady after the early disaster and managed to draw level four minutes before the break when Gerrard played an inch-perfect through ball for Daniel Sturridge to run onto and net his 16th league goal of the campaign.

Rene Meulensteen's Fulham found themselves ahead after the hour-mark through Richardson who pounced on a mistake from Martin Skrtel to make it 2-1 much to the delight of the Craven Cottage faithful.

Less than ten minutes later, however, Liverpool responded again via Philippe Coutinho who received a ball from Sturridge before sending a deflected effort past Maarten Stekelenburg in Fulham goals.

Just as it appeared that both sides would share the points, Cottagers defender Sacha Riether fouled Sturridge in the area in stoppage time which saw Gerrard step up and fire it past the outstretched hand of David Stockdale who had replaced the injured Stekelenburg.

The win has Liverpool within four points of league leaders Chelsea, and three behind second-placed Arsenal, while an unlucky Fulham remain at the bottom of the table, five points from safety.

2013/14 Barclays Premier League season scores

Fulham: 2 (Kolo Toure (og) 8', Kieran Richardson 63') Liverpool: 3 (Daniel Sturridge 41', Philippe Coutinho 72', Steven Gerrard (p) 90+1') Craven Cottage, London - 25,375

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