YNWA takes a look back at past memorable home League encounters as we welcome Fulham for our 24th League meeting at Anfield on Wednesday. So far we have won sixteen and drawn seven, with Fulham yet to take home all the points. The Cottagers have also visited L4 six times in cup competitions, returning without a victory on all these occasions too.
We were held to a goalless draw in April of this year, the first home game we had failed to score in for eleven months. Our meeting with Roy Hodgson's Cottagers in November 2008 also ended without score, with sections of the Anfield crowd expressing their dissatisfaction with Lucas Leiva's performance. Rafael Benítez took charge of the reds for the 200th time in November 2007 as we struggled to break down Fulham before Fernando Torres struck a late opener. Steven Gerrard then converted a penalty to secure a 2-0 victory, Rafa's 115th to date.
Rafa's half century
Rafael Benítez won his fiftieth League match in charge of the reds, in his 93rd game in December 2006, a resounding 4-0 victory. Pepe Reina kept his 28th clean sheet in his first fifty League games, a new club record. Jamie Carragher grabbed his first League goal in eight years, after Steven Gerrard had opened the scoring by converting the rebound of his saved penalty kick. Luis García and Mark González completed the scoring.
Other thumping wins
We won 5-1 in March 2006 to turn around a barren spell of only five goals in the previous ten games. Robbie Fowler struck the first goal of his second spell before Collins John equalised, and we went in at the break 2-1 ahead thanks to a Michael Brown own goal. Fernando Morientes was also on target before a late strike from Peter Crouch and Stephen Warnock's only ever reds goal.
We secured our record home League win over the Cottagers in November 1955, who went home on the wrong end of a 7-0 scoreline. Billy Liddell netted a brace, with John Evans, Alan Arnell, Geoff Twentyman, Alan A'Court and Jimmy Payne all also on target. However, we outdid this in September 1986, winning 10-0 at Anfield in the League Cup. Jack Smith nabbed a brace, with Billy Liddell and Jimmy Payne also on target in our 4-0 win in October 1951.
Fernando Morientes grabbed his first Anfield goal in February 2005 before Andrew Cole's equaliser made him the only opposing player to score against the reds in the Premiership with four different clubs, having already done so for Newcastle United, Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers. Sami Hyypiä and Milan Baroš struck in the second half to secure a 3-1 victory.
In April 2003, Michael Owen scored in his hundredth different reds game as we won 2-0 in Gérard Houllier's 250th game in sole charge. It was his 134th reds goal in a total of 254 games. Emile Heskey nabbed our other goal in Jean Tigana's final game in charge of Fulham. Alan A'Court bagged his 63rd and final reds goal as we won 2-1 in December 1962 with Roger Hunt grabbing our first.
More goalless meetings
Steven Gerrard had another penalty saved as we were held to a goalless draw in April 2004. Fulham's Zesh Rehman became the first British-born Asian player to appear in the Premiership. El-Hadji Diouf made his eightieth and final reds appearance as a substitute, while Jamie Carragher played his 300th game for us. Another goalless draw in December 2001 began that season's poor run of only one win in nine Premiership games.
Our last League encounter at Anfield of the century came in April 1968, with Ian Callaghan and Tony Hateley adding to a brace from Roger Hunt. Fulham were sitting at the bottom of the table, and were just weeks from relegation. Billy Liddell scored a hat-trick in a Second Division meeting in September 1954, including two penalties. John Evans was also on the scoresheet, with Bobby Robson netting for the visitors. Liddell's goal from open play was struck so hard that it rebounded off the stanchion and flew back out onto the pitch.
Fulham's best scoring feat at Anfield came in October 1956, although they went down 4-3 thanks to goals from Alan A'Court, Johnny Wheeler, Billy Liddell and Jimmy Melia.
First time out
Our first League meeting at Anfield resulted in a 1-1 draw in April 1950, with Willie Fagan bagging our goal.