Fulham vs Liverpool: Looking back at the Reds’ dreadful line-up when they lost at Craven Cottage in 2009

17 Mar

Liverpool will be determined to keep their Premier League title push going when they face Fulham on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men can regain their spot at the top of the table against a side that are 13 points off safety – and you can listen to the match live on talkSPORT, kick-off 2:15pm.


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The Reds boast a plethora of talent in their squad, including their dangerous front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino; a trio capable of causing any defence major problems.

Salah, Mane and Firmino will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing the league’s leakiest defence

But it’s not always been like that for Liverpool – who used to be susceptible to the odd defeat against the Cottagers.

And the Reds suffered one of their worst defeats in west London in October 2009 when Fulham dismantled Rafael Benitez’s side, winning 3-1.

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The game was actually on Halloween, which is rather fitting as it’s quite scary that a club being touted as title challengers before the season started fielded a line-up as bad as this!

So here is the team Rafa put out on that fateful day, if you can dare to look!

WARNING: The squad you’re about to see could cause Liverpool fans major distress

This Liverpool team were well-beaten by Fulham

Substitutes: Peter Gulacsi, Andrea Dossena, Daniel Ayala (subbed on for Kuyt 85), Jay Spearing, Damien Plessis, Nathan Eccleston (subbed on for Benayoun 78), Ryan Babel (subbed on for Torres 63)

The match was a disaster for Liverpool from the get-go.

Bobby Zamora gave Fulham the lead before Fernando Torres levelled the game up just before half-time.

With the game locked at 1-1, Benitez naturally decided to take off Torres and put on the lacklustre Ryan Babel – who now plays for Fulham – on 63 minutes.

Babel came on for Torres and the game really went downhill after that

Erik Nevland restored their the Cottagers’ lead moments later before Philipp Degen and Jamie Carragher were both sent off inside four minutes.

Clint Dempsey added another late on to complete Liverpool’s misery.

There were a few good players on show and it should also be noted Steven Gerrard was injured at the time, but there are players including Degen and Emiliano Insua who Kopites would rather forget ever played for their clu – and the bench is even more scary!

Degen and Carragher were sent off on a miserable day for Liverpool

There will surely not be any repeat of that fateful performance from Klopp’s men today!