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Monday 24 December 2012

Rodgers praises Downing after four-goal win

Reds score twice in either half to seal emphatic victory against Martin Jol's side

Steven Gerrard rifles Liverpool's second goal past Fulham's Mark Schwarzer

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing had a day to remember at Anfield as his first Barclays Premier League goal for the club wrapped up a comfortable 4-0 victory over Fulham

Only last week the England international had admitted he may leave next month after manager Brendan Rodgers said he would not stand in his way if he wanted to leave.

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.

View the details of the match, stats and the best photos from Anfield and read our report after the final whistle with manager reactions.

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