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Liverpool: Reina, Enrique, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Lucas, Henderson, Gerrard, Sturridge, Suarez, Coutinho
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Steven Gerrard: My Liverpool and England team-mates are always ribbing me for my dress sense

Gerrard: My team-mates from London and abroad are always ribbing me for my dress sense

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Vaz Sayed

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11:33 GMT, 22 February 2013

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12:05 GMT, 22 February 2013

It seems captaining club and country doesn't exclude Steven Gerrard from a bit of friendly ribbing from team-mates.

The Liverpool skipper has revealed he and old friend Jamie Carragher are often made fun of for their fashion sense.

Gerrard told players from London and abroad like to poke fun at the 'Scouse style', while Carragher conceded the two of them have been responsible for some 'rascal' gear.

Shell shock: Steven Gerrard (centre) has revealed his teammates make fun of his clothes

Shell shock: Steven Gerrard (centre) has revealed his teammates make fun of his clothes

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard shows his dejection during the UEFA Europa League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

Jamie Carragher during the Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Liverpool and Zenit St Petersburg

(Above) Stephen Gerrard (left) and Jamie Carragher (right) in action for Liverpool in the Europa League, it was Carragher's last European game for the club. The pair in training (below)

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher during a training session at Melwood Training Ground, Liverpool.

Suited and booted: (left to right) Jonjo Shelvey, Jay Spearing and Steven Gerrard before the FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Liverpool which the Blues won 2-1

Suited and booted: (left to right) Jonjo Shelvey, Jay Spearing and Steven Gerrard before the FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Liverpool which the Blues won 2-1

In a joint interview with Four Four Two magazine Carragher said: 'You've had some real rascal gear haven't you'

Gerrard said: 'I think we're both guilty of wearing some rascal gear over the past 14 or 15 years. We try to keep our feet on the ground and stick to what other Scousers are wearing. We don't want to change too much.

'The London lads and foreign lads don't appreciate the Scouse dress sense, so we've developed some thick skin from the stick we've taken!'

Scousers have had the mickey taken out of their fashion sense for years after they became notorious for wearing shell-suits and white trainers.

Trend setter: Liverpool legend John Alrridge in his Tranmere days

Trend setter: Liverpool legend John Alrridge in his Tranmere days

Infamous: Liverpool wore white suits to the 1996 FA Cup final, they lost 1-0 to Mancheter United

Infamous: Liverpool wore white suits to the 1996 FA Cup final, they lost 1-0 to Mancheter United

Outside influences: Liverpool's foreign players like Daniel Agger (right) often mock the local stars for their clothes

Outside influences: Liverpool's foreign players like Daniel Agger (right) often mock the local stars for their clothes

And their WAGs haven't escaped criticism either with their Scouse-brows, going out in public with hair curlers in and even led to the Liverpool Fashion Show from banning the 'Scouse look' last year.

A source said: 'It's fair to say both Steven and Jamie have had some fashion howlers over the years.

'When Steven was younger he tried to keep up with emerging fashions more but he ended up with some huge fashion disasters.

'Over the years he's taken a bit of stick so him and Jamie now stick to a more conventional dress which ties in with what a lot of the Scousers are wearing.

'But that has also led to a lot of mickey taking because their more stylish team mates tell them that they haven't got a clue about clothes. They'll never be able to pull off what the likes of David Beckham and Mario Balotelli can get away with.'

At your side: The pair have been loyal servants to the club and are adored by the Kop fans

At your side: The pair have been loyal servants to the club and are adored by the Kop fans

Jamie Carragher returns to Liverpool training as Brendan Rodgers says he almost quit in the summer

Still got a job to do! Carragher going strong in training as Rodgers reveals he had to persuade legend to give him one more year

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Graeme Yorke

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15:22 GMT, 8 February 2013

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15:33 GMT, 8 February 2013

Jamie Carragher returned to training today with the praise of some of world football's most famous faces still ringing in his ears.

And it was also revealed that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had to persuade the club legend to extend his career into this season.

The Liverpool defender announced yesterday that this campaign would be his last, bringing the curtain down on a 16-year professional career at Anfield.

Job to do: Jamie Carragher returned to training today a day after announcing his retirement

Job to do: Jamie Carragher returned to training today a day after announcing his retirement

Job to do: Jamie Carragher returned to training today a day after announcing his retirement

Bootle-born Carragher, at the club since
the age of nine, has so far made 723 appearances, putting him behind
only Ian Callaghan on the Reds' all-time list.

Rodgers said: 'He is irreplaceable, he's been a giant
for me since I came to the club.

'Jamie had thoughts about this last summer when I
arrived but we had some good conversations and I persuaded him to
stay on.'

Team-mates and managers, as well as wider faces from the game, were quick to hail the one-club man as well.

Former Anfield bosses, including Kenny Dalglish and Rafael Benitez, added their voice today.

Dalglish said: 'Jamie's decision was a surprise to me because he has just played as well as anyone against Arsenal and Manchester City.

'I thought he had a bit left in him yet but he knows himself better than anybody and if he thinks it is time to hang up the old boots that is totally his prerogative.

'It is always a difficult decision for a footballer – as hard a decision as you can face as a professional.

'It is more difficult because playing is the best part of your career – especially at the level he has played at and is playing at.

'We just have to be grateful that Liverpool has had a servant like Jamie. As a local boy it is always special and Jamie is a local boy who has never once got carried away with it all and who can relate to the supporters. That's really important.'

Speaking at his Chelsea press conference, Rafael Benitez also paid tribute.

'To play more than 700 games for any team in football is a really great achievement; more than 700 games for just one club is even better.

'Nobody can argue about the character, determination and professionalism of Carra. He was a key player for us. In 2007, John Terry, a very good centre-back, said Carra was one of the best centre-backs at that time.'

Here to help: Manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for the Liverpool defender

Here to help: Manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for the Liverpool defender

In with the new: Philippe Coutinho provided some fresher legs ahead of Carragher at Melwood

In with the new: Philippe Coutinho provided some fresher legs ahead of Carragher at Melwood

Sportsmail revealed this morning that Sky Sports looked set to win the TV battle for the services of Carragher.

All the major networks are keen to employ the Liverpool defender as a pundit but Sky are expected to pull out the stops to land him, with station boss Barney Francis desperate to see off any bid from new rivals BT Sport.

So while one man heads into the final months of his Anfield career, another is at the very start.

Philippe Coutinho was a January capture from Inter Milan, and could be in line to feature this weekend after overcoming an injury.

Rodgers added: 'He had been injured but trained this morning. He is a young player who is very exciting and I have high hopes for. He trained with group and we will observe him.

'He is a top young player and bringing him into the group adds great competition. It is important to have players trying to get in the side. We wanted to build a competitive squad.'

Jamie Carragher can stand alongside Tony Adams and John Terry – Jamie Redknapp

I wasn't sure about Carra at first. In training, we all wanted to face him… but he's turned into a great player and can stand alongside Adams and Terry as a defensive giant

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Silver lining: Jamie Carragher lifted the League Cup in 2012 – it will almost certainly be his last domestic trophy

Warrior: A brave defender, Carragher would put his body on the line for Liverpool

Warrior: A brave defender, Carragher would always put his body on the line for Liverpool

Of all of my team-mates, nobody has worked harder than Carra to become the player he is. He deserves everything he has achieved in an age when young players are too quick to leave the training ground and shy away from the work required to master their art.

When he first came into the Liverpool squad, I wasn't sure. In training, Gerard Houllier would set us up one-on-ones – attack versus defence – and we all wanted to face Carra.

Passion: Carragher in action against Manchester United's Wayne Rooney

Passion: Carragher in action against Manchester United's Wayne Rooney

Strength: Carragher was a regular for England during his earlier years

Strength: Carragher was a regular for England during his peak

But after one summer, he came back with a
different approach – and began to stop everyone who tried to go past
him. He was fitter, faster, stronger. Since then, he has enjoyed a
wonderful career and can stand alongside Tony Adams and John Terry as a
defensive giant.

I would advise any young defender to travel to Liverpool and watch him play while you still can. The way he leads, the way he reads the game, the way he defends.

In quieter moments at a packed Anfield, you can hear his voice as he organises and manages on the pitch. In a time when players move from club to club like mercenaries chasing the money, Carragher has stayed loyal to one club.

Tony Adams

John Terry

Leaders: Carragher can claim to be among defensive greats such as Tony Adams (left) and John Terry

He could have finished in America or China, but it means more to him to be a one-club man for Liverpool than it does to grab a few more quid from the game.

He's a funny man, a magnificent defender and a great friend.

United striker Javier Hernandez still can"t understand Scouser Wayne Rooney

I haven't got a clue, Roo! United striker Hernandez still can't understand Scouser Wayne

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Graeme Yorke

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10:47 GMT, 15 January 2013

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11:01 GMT, 15 January 2013

Wayne Rooney's foreign team-mates at Manchester United are struggling to understand him because of his strong Scouse accent.

Striker Javier Hernandez admits
he still has problems understanding Roo's lilt – despite playing
alongside him for three years at Old Trafford.

Stong accent: Scouser Wayne Rooney

Stong accent: Scouser Wayne Rooney

The Mexican, aged 24, says he can differentiate between forward Danny Welbeck's Mancunian accent and Rooney's Liverpool twang – but sometimes struggles to make out what the Scouser is saying.

He said: 'When I first came here, everyone that spoke English sounded exactly the same.

'But now I know the accents. Mind you, it's still difficult to understand Wazza sometimes, though!'

Team talk: United's Javier Hernandez (left)

Team talk: United's Javier Hernandez (left)

Recalling when he joined United in 2006, Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic, 31, said of Rooney: 'I thought he spoke German because his accent is different.'

Ex-England boss Fabio Capello once even suggested Rooney struggles to speak English. Wayne himself has admitted he can only just about understand Liverpool star Jamie Carragher's Scouse accent.

Jon Walters own goals against Chelsea – relive some of the best ever

Walters at the double… for Chelsea! After Stoke midfielder's two own goals, relive some of the best (or worst) ever

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Rik Sharma

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16:31 GMT, 12 January 2013

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17:17 GMT, 12 January 2013

With a surging run ahead of two Chelsea players, Jon Walters flung himself through the air and powered a bullet header in to the back of the net. Sadly for him, it was his own net.

To the dismay of his manager Tony Pulis, he was at it again in the second half, becoming only the fourth player in the Premier League to bag a brace of own goals (following Jamie Carragher, Gary Breen and Michael Proctor).

The cherry on the cake was a late penalty miss for the Irishman, which turned a disastrous afternoon into one that beggars belief.

In honour of Walters' spectacular day, Sportsmail took a look back at some of the classic own goals which have been scored in the past.

Oh no: Jon Walters afternoon got worse the longer it went on

Oh no: Jon Walters afternoon got worse the longer it went on

Lethal: Walters made no mistake as he headed his side behind

Lethal: Walters made no mistake as he headed his side behind

John Arne Riise

Chelsea were the beneficiaries yet again as the flame-haired Norwegian made his mark. With Liverpool on the brink of taking a 1-0 Champions League semi-final lead back to Stamford Bridge, up popped Riise to even the score, beating his own keeper Pepe Reina with a classy header in the 94th minute. It finished 1-1 and Chelsea won the second leg 3-1.

Peter Enckelman

In the first Birmingham derby since the Blues won promotion to the Premier League in 2002, Aston Villa goalkeeper Peter Enckelman carved his name into Brummie folklore with a howler of epic proportions.

With City winning 1-0, captain Olof Mellberg harmlessly chucked Enckelman the ball from a throw-in. The young stopper misjudged the slowly-rolling ball, which ran under his foot and into the net. Birmingham won 3-0.

Lee Dixon

Full-back Lee Dixon made a mockery of Arsenal's famously tight defence in the early 1990s when he lobbed team-mate David Seaman from distance to send opponents Coventry on their way to victory against George Graham's side.

Iain Dowie

Iain Dowie ended a worrying goal drought during his time at West Ham with a perfectly-executed header past Ludek Miklosko which even his own fans must have been tempted to applaud. Dowie's equaliser for Stockport helped them on their way to a 2-1 win in 1996.

Djimi Traore

Rafael Benitez's first FA Cup tie as Liverpool boss ended in humiliating defeat at Burnley in 2005 after French defender Traore performed a perfect pirouette in the six-yard box, comically dragging the ball into his own net with his heel as he twirled to hand victory to the Coca-Cola Championship club.

Jamie Pollock

An own goal that would have been one of the goals of the season had it been scored at the other end. Playing against QPR in 1998, Manchester City defender Pollock flicked the ball over an opponent's head before trying to head the ball back to his goalkeeper, who was in no man's land and could only watch as the ball sailed into the net.

Chris Brass

Probably the funniest own goal ever scored came from Bury's Chris Brass, whose attempted clearance against Darlington in 2006 hit his own face and careered into the net. To add injury to insult, Brass suffered a broken nose in the process. However, Bury did come back to win late on.

P.S.

OFI Kreta's Mirnes Sisic launched the ball miles into the night sky – directly above his head, only for it to fall back down into the net past the flapping keeper. The opponents Panionios scored an own goal to level it out later on, before ANOTHER own goal was scored by Kreta to throw the game away.

Stoke 3 Liverpool 1 match report: Jon Walters scores two

Stoke 3 Liverpool 1: Britannia rules again as Walters double sends Reds packing

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21:37 GMT, 26 December 2012

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21:50 GMT, 26 December 2012

Jon Walters struck twice to maintain Stoke's unbeaten home record in the Barclays Premier League this season as Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side squandered a 1-0 lead at the Britannia Stadium.

Steven Gerrard's penalty in the second minute gave Liverpool the perfect start but the home side were soon level as Walters capitalised on a Martin Skrtel slip and finished neatly.

Kenwyne Jones gave the Potters the lead shortly afterwards, scoring a third goal of a frantic opening 12 minutes of the match. Walters then completed the scoring as he volleyed home from the edge of the box shortly after half-time.

Double salvo: Walters (second left) netted twice for Stoke

Double salvo: Walters (second left) netted twice for Stoke

Match facts

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson, Kightly (Whitehead 70) Nzonzi, Whelan, Etherington (Shotton 82), Walters, Jones (Crouch 78).

Subs not used: Sorensen, Adam, Upson, Jerome.

Goals: Walters 5, 49, Jones 12.

Booked: Shawcross, Cameron, Whelan.

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Gerrard, Lucas (Henderson 59), Downing (Cole 77), Shelvey, Suso (Sterling 46), Suarez.

Subs not used: Jones, Coates, Carragher, Allen.

Goal: Gerrard (pen) 2.

Booked: Suarez.

Referee: Howard Web.

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Spot on: Gerrard gave Liverpool a second-minute lead

Spot on: Gerrard gave Liverpool a second-minute lead

Spot on: Gerrard gave Liverpool a second-minute lead

Back in it: Walters slots home past Pepe Reina

Back in it: Walters slots home past Pepe Reina

Keeping up with the Jones': Stoke striker Kenwyne goes head over heels after putting Stoke in front

Keeping up with the Jones': Stoke striker Kenwyne goes head over heels after putting Stoke in front

Keeping up with the Jones': Stoke striker Kenwyne goes head over heels after putting Stoke in front

Keeping up with the Jones': Stoke striker Kenwyne goes head over heels after putting Stoke in front

Livewire: Luis Suarez was impressive once more for Liverpool

Livewire: Luis Suarez was impressive once more for Liverpool

Livewire: Luis Suarez was impressive once more for Liverpool

Man of the match: Walters made the difference for Stoke

Man of the match: Walters made the difference for Stoke

Phil Neville plays 500th Premier League game

History boy Neville joins Premier League 500 club as Everton skipper faces Wigan

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Phil Neville made history on Boxing Day when he became only the seventh player to make 500 appearances in the Premier League.

The Everton captain’s landmark could have come sooner were it not for surgery to correct a knee problem in November.

He wasn’t going to allow for any further delays. The club advised that Neville, who turns 36 next month, would be sidelined for up to eight weeks following his operation.

500 not out: Everton captain Phil Neville (right) in action against Wigan on Boxing Day

500 not out: Everton captain Phil Neville (right) in action against Wigan on Boxing Day

Fergie's fledgling: Phil Neville was at United from 1995

Fergie's fledgling: Phil Neville was at United from 1995

End/start: Neville left Manchester United in 2005

End/start: Neville left Manchester United in 2005

Skipper: He has led Everton with distinction since 2007

Skipper: He has led Everton with distinction since 2007

NEVILLE IN NUMBERS

19: Seasons in the Premier League… 11 at United and eight at Everton

3: Red cards 82: Yellow cards 9: Goals scored
263: Matches for United 444: starts

MILESTONES

First game: United v Manchester City (February 11, 1995)

100th: United v Middlesbrough (May 9, 1999)

200th: United v Southampton (November 2, 2002)

300th: Everton v Tottenham (August 26, 2006)

400th: Everton v Aston Villa (April 12, 2009)

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Ryan Giggs 607
David James 572
Gary Speed 535
Frank Lampard 531
Emile Heskey 516
Sol Campbell 503
PHIL NEVILLE 499
Paul Scholes 495
Jamie Carragher 491
Mark Schwarzer 486
*Brother Gary played 400

But the warrior player reported fit for duty against West Ham on Saturday, after just 36 days.

Fondly sometimes known as the quieter brother to Mail on Sunday
columnist Gary, Neville left Manchester United in 2005 – and Toffees
boss David Moyes has more than banked the value of his 3.5million
signing.

This achievement, by its nature,
intimates his best days are behind him. But Neville’s open-minded and
modest approach to his game is shown in the way he is constantly
striving to improve, a credit to footballers of all generations.

And as Moyes observes, it’s a quality he has had throughout his career.

‘People would be amazed by the amount of work and conditioning Phil has put in to get himself right,’ said Moyes.

‘He continually works hard. He is in
every morning at 8.30am, he doesn’t leave until late. The rehabilitation
work he puts himself through — never at any stage does he complain.

‘He just continually pushed himself
to try and get back. The biggest impact that it should have on everyone
is the manner of what he has done.’

In a sparkling career stretching over 19 years, the defender has won virtually every honour in the game.

With six Premier League titles, a
three-time holder of both the FA Cup and Charity Shield and the 1999
Champions League trophy and Intercontinental Cup in the same year, the
titles which have eluded him are of little concern.

Better together: His relationship with David Moyes has helped Everton thrive

Better together: His relationship with David Moyes has helped Everton thrive

In fact, Neville’s illustrious,
10-year spell with Manchester United can account for both the silverware
and his flawless attitude.

Moyes added: ‘It says a lot about
what he’s done. But it doesn’t surprise me because his mentality and his
attitude to the game have been great since he came from Manchester
United.'

Neville has six months remaining on his current contract but there are no clues as to where, or when he career may end.

Pedigree: The midfielder has played for England 59 times, though not since 2007

Pedigree: The midfielder has played for England 59 times, though not since 2007

‘He’s been a great signing,’ Moyes
said. ‘The best person to talk about (the future) is Phil because I’ve
already spoken to him and he just wants to see how his body is.

‘He's just back from a knee operation
and he would be the first one to say that we should just see how his
knee is. I don’t think he sees any great panic in it at this moment in
time.’

While Neville has always wanted to
lift a crown with Everton as a team, this great individual record will
certainly shine on as a highlight.

SPORTSMAIL'S FIVE FAVOURITE NEVILLE MOMENTS
Phil Neville's Manchester United debut v Manchester City (February 11, 1995)

Manchester United debut v Manchester City (February 11, 1995)

Neville played at right back (right) in the fabled defence that included Bruce, Pallister and Schmeichel, as Paul Ince, Andrei Kanchelskis and Andy Cole secured a 3-0 win.

Setting up Eric Cantona at St James’ Park (March 4, 1996)

His surge down the left flank and cross for Cantona led to United beating Newcastle 1-0 and the victory gave Ferguson’s side the impetus to go on to win the Premier League title. It was the first of Neville’s six gongs.

Winning goal at Chelsea (February 28, 1998)

Neville has only scored nine goals in his 499 appearances to date but this, in a 1-0 victory, was the pick of the bunch, a bending right-foot effort that gave Dmitri Kharine no chance.

Everton debut v Manchester United (August 13, 2005)

If there were any doubts Neville would
struggle to adjust to life after Old Trafford, they were banished in
his first Everton game. Everton may have lost 2-0 but he was
outstanding.

Season-changing tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo (October 25, 2008)

Everton were in the doldrums when they
faced his old side, and losing 1-0, but a thundering challenge on
Ronaldo (below) altered the course of the game – Everton drew 1-1 – and sparked a
run that carried them to fifth.

Phil Neville's season-changing tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo (October 25, 2008)

Stoke v Liverpool live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Stoke v Liverpool – as it happens from the Britannia Stadium

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Stoke's home game with Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium concludes the Boxing Day action. The Potters battled to a well fought 0-0 draw at Tottenham last weekend but face a Reds side fresh from beating Fulham 4-0.

STOKE v LIVERPOOL: KO 7.45pm

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson, Kightly, Nzonzi, Whelan, Etherington, Walters, Jones.

Subs: Sorensen, Adam, Whitehead, Upson, Crouch, Shotton, Jerome.

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Gerrard, Lucas, Downing, Shelvey, Fernandez Saez, Suarez.

Subs: Jones, Cole, Henderson, Coates, Carragher, Allen, Sterling.

Referee: Howard Webb

7.32pm: Stoke are unbeaten at The Britannia this season from the eight games they have played at home.

7.30pm: Team news is in and for Stoke winger Michael Kightly returned to the Potters team as manager Tony Pulis made only one change.

Ryan Shotton made way with midfielder Charlie Adam returning to the bench after compassionate leave following the death of his father.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers named the same side which beat Fulham on Saturday, meaning young Spaniard Suso kept his place ahead of Raheem Sterling.

7.25pm: Both Stoke and Liverpool are level on 25 points in the table with the Reds ahead on goal difference. Both teams will hope a win can move them closer to the European places.

7.20pm: Good evening and welcome to the final of the Boxing Day fixtures, it has been quite a day so far and you can read all of the match reports and reaction for the games so far – here

Conclusion: Stoke host Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium to bring a climax to the Boxing Day action

Conclusion: Stoke host Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium to bring a climax to the Boxing Day action

Liverpool 4 Fulham 0 – match report

Liverpool 4 Fulham 0: Jol's men crash and burn as Downing turns on the style

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Liverpool winger Stewart Downing had a rare day to remember at Anfield as his first Barclays Premier League goal for the club wrapped up a comfortable victory.

Only last week the England international had admitted he may leave next month after manager Brendan Rodgers said he could go.

If that was the incentive to put himself in the shop window it worked as he registered his first league assist in setting up Steven Gerrard – after Martin Skrtel's opener – and capped his performance with a goal of his own before Luis Suarez added an injury-time fourth.

Reds in raptures Liverpool will be smiling over Christmas after a comprehensive victory

Reds in raptures Liverpool will be smiling over Christmas after a comprehensive victory

Good start: Martin Skrtel fired in after some poor defending to get Liverpool on their way

Good start: Martin Skrtel fired in after some poor defending to get Liverpool on their way

Match facts

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Gerrard, Lucas, Shelvey, Fernandez Saez, Suarez, Downing.

Subs: Jones, Sahin, Henderson, Carragher, Allen, Sterling, Wisdom.

Booked: Glen Johnson.

Goals: Skrtel 8, Gerrard 36, Downing 51, Suarez 90.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Kacaniklic, Karagounis, Baird, Richardson, Dejagah, Berbatov.

Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Kasami, Briggs, Rodallega, Frei, Tavares.

Booked: Karagounis, Dejagah.

Att: 44,570.

Ref: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

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The 20million signing has been held
up as an example of Liverpool's wastefulness in the transfer market over
the last few years.

Previous manager Kenny Dalglish
certainly did not get his money's worth out of the winger and Rodgers
has so far hardly attempted to as this was only Downing's sixth Premier
League start of his reign.

He has mostly been confined to the
Europa League and has even been played at left-back occasionally as
Rodgers tried to find some use for him.

But in a more familiar advanced
right-wing role he was able to showcase some of his talent with his
first assist and goal in 17 months and 45 league matches at the club.

In fairness Fulham, who have won just
one of their last nine league matches and only one of their last 10 away
from home, were very accommodating and festively came bearing gifts
aplenty.

Martin Jol's side left gaping holes
all over the pitch and, unlike Aston Villa last week who were rewarded
for all their harrying and hustling with a 3-1 win, Liverpool had plenty
of time to take advantage.

As a result they moved up to eighth in the table, their highest position of the season, and five points adrift of the top four.

Unlike the previous week when
Liverpool dominated the opening half-hour but failed to score and paid
the price they got the break they needed early on.

Lashed home: Martin Skrtel's strike flew past Mark Schwarzer in the Fulham goal

Lashed home: Martin Skrtel's strike flew past Mark Schwarzer in the Fulham goal

Doubling up: Steven Gerrard tucked home the second goal with a cool finish

Doubling up: Steven Gerrard tucked home the second goal with a cool finish

Gerrard's eighth-minute corner picked
out Skrtel, who had barely moved, and with former Reds full-back John
Arne Riise slow to close down the Slovakia international he brought the
ball down and smashed a volley past Schwarzer.

The centre-back was then required in
the penalty area he is more comfortable in when he slid to block former
Liverpool reserve Alex Kacaniklic's shot.

Daniel Agger's miss from just three
yards – blazing into the top tier of the Anfield Road stand from Luis
Suarez's cross – may have resurrected fears about not being clinical
enough in front of goal.

Leading the way: The Liverpool skipper celebrates his goal with Luis Suarez (and below)

Leading the way: The Liverpool skipper celebrates his goal with Luis Suarez (and below)

Gerrard celebrates with Suarez

Gerrard celebrates with Suarez

Goalkeeper Jose Reina almost making a
mess of Kieran Richardson's swerving shot, diving one way and having to
save with his legs, served as another warning.

But those insecurities were put to bed in the 36th minute with Downing's first significant intervention.

The England international's
brilliantly-disguised reverse pass from the edge of the penalty area
deceived everyone except Gerrard.

Liverpool's captain seized on the
flatfootedness of Fulham's defenders to clip a shot across Schwarzer and
just inside the far post.

Impressive: Brendan Rodgers will be delighted with his side's performance

Impressive: Brendan Rodgers will be delighted with his side's performance

In on the act: Stuart Downing fired home the third

In on the act: Stuart Downing fired home the third

Suso scuffed a shot wide and Suarez
fired straight at the goalkeeper before the interval but within six
minutes of the second half the result was put beyond any doubt.

Gerrard, who had one of his better
days spraying passes all over the field, picked out Downing on the right
wing and he cut inside before blasting home a shot which appeared to
release months of pent-up frustration.

Taking the plaudits: Downing played extremely well as Liverpool romped to victory

Taking the plaudits: Downing played extremely well as Liverpool romped to victory

Down he goes: Suarez falls to the ground

Down he goes: Suarez falls to the ground

The 28-year-old played like a man with
a point to prove at times and saw another blistering drive sail just
over the angle of crossbar and post.

Schwarzer did well to block Gerrard's
close-range shot a Liverpool continued to press, Reina did less well
with Berbatov's long-range effort which squirmed from his grasp and
required Skrtel to clear.

But that was a rare moment of concern
on what was a trouble-free evening as Liverpool recorded only their
fourth home league win of the season when Suarez side-footed home in
added time for his 11th league goal of the season – equalling his tally
from the whole of last season.

Hard times: Dimitar Berbatov (right) was ineffectual as the Cottagers struggled

Hard times: Dimitar Berbatov (right) was ineffectual as the Cottagers struggled