Finishing above Liverpool would be momentous feat for Fulham
Sharethematch.com looks at Fulham's 1-0 win at Anfield, and the effect it may have on Liverpool's bid to win the FA Cup
Fulham can leapfrog Liverpool in league table
So Tuesday night’s game at Anfield might not have been as important as the Manchester derby 24 hours earlier that was settled by the same score-line, but trying telling Fulham supporters that.
Manchester City’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United was a huge result, but Fulham’s win at Liverpool was momentous in its own right – even if the Reds did make nine changes.
Not only was it the Cottagers’ first win at Anfield, but it gives Fulham a real chance of finishing above Liverpool in the Premier League with the London outfit level on 49 points.
When Fulham first reached the top flight in 2001, Jean Tigana’s men were touted to be among the title contenders for the following campaign.
It didn’t turn out that way and Fulham endured season after season of scrapping at the bottom to avoid relegation and even surviving on the final day at Portsmouth in 2008.
But since then the Cottagers have become an established Premier League outfit and even a side to be reckoned with in Europe – under Roy Hodgson at least.
And if Fulham were to finish above Liverpool – even if the Reds are not as strong as they once were – it would be another big step in the Londoners’ progression.
Dalglish has handed the momentum to Chelsea
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish admitted after their home defeat by Fulham that his side’s attitude was poor – but that’s an understatement.
Defeat against Martin Jol’s men left the Reds with a frankly embarrassing record of five home league wins from 18 games this season.
That is worrying enough in itself but for a team with an FA Cup final on Saturday it’s even more worrying.
It is understandable Liverpool would have one eye on the final and make sweeping changes ahead of the Wembley showpiece.
But Dalglish allowed bad habits filter into his side ahead of the season-defining clash.
Say what you want about Chelsea and whether Roberto Di Matteo should have the job full-time, but what the Italian has built at Stamford Bridge is momentum.
The momentum is with the Blues this weekend and, changes or no changes, Dalglish has handed the initiative – and most likely the victory – to Di Matteo’s side.