The win pushes the Cottagers up to 11th in the table on 14 points and puts them within three points of 8th place Sunderland with some very winnable matches on the horizon against Wigan, Blackburn and Bolton.
The first half was one in which Liverpool looked to be in complete control. The Reds controlled most of the possession but it was Fulham that struck first against the run of play when oft-criticized Bobby Zamora latched onto a Damien Duff cross and put it past Pepe Reina to give the hosts a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute.
Liverpool continued to hold the ball for big chunks of the first half and their relentless attacking finally produced a goal in the 43rd minute as do-it-all striker Fernando Torres found the back of the net to make it 1-1 heading into halftime.
One would think the momentum would be on Liverpool's side after the late equalizer, but Roy Hodgson made some superb substitutions when he replaced Damien Duff and Diomansy Kamara with Erik Nevland and Zoltan Gera. The two would play big roles in the second 45 minutes for the Cottagers.
The first 25 minutes of the first half saw both teams with scoring chances only to be thwarted. It was not until the 73rd minute that the Cottagers took the lead through an Erik Nevland goal. Nevland was the beneficiary of a Pepe Reina clearance that went straight to Zoltan Gera who then found Nevland alone in front of net for the goal.
This match did not go without controversy though as referee Lee Mason showed red cards to both Jamie Carragher and Philipp Degen in the 80th minute. Degen was sent off for a foul on Dempsey and Carragher was sent off for a foul on Zamora. While both fouls deserved a card, I am not sure a red was warranted and I am sure Liverpool will appeal to the FA.
Fulham compounded Liverpool's misery just three minutes later when Clint Dempsey hit the mark on a great feed from Erik Nevland to make it 3-1 Fulham in the 83rd minute, which is how the game would end.
It was a fantastic win for the Cottagers and a deserved one as well. Fulham was the better team on this day and most Liverpool fans would agree with that statement.
Fulham seems to have turned the corner after a rocky league start saw them mired in 17th place. But the month of October, billed as one the tougher months on the Cottagers fixture list was a good one result wise with draws at Manchester City and West Ham and wins over Hull City and Liverpool.
Once again today, Roy Hodgson's depth was on display in the form of Erik Nevland, Jonathan Greening and others. This team has substitutes that can come in and not just pick up paychecks, but that can actually contribute and play. That is something this team has not had in quite some time.
Additionally, I cannot say enough about the play of the defense. With Mark Schwarzer in goal and Aaron Hughes, Brede Hangeland, John Pantsil and Paul Konchesky in front of him, the Cottager defense is one of the best in the Premier League and they show that week in and week out.
For many seasons before Roy Hodgson became the manager, the Cottagers had major problems defending. But with Roy in charge, he has made it a priority to defend first. In you do not concede goals, you have a good chance of winning games. It sound simple, but it is true and it is something that I appreciate watching as a Fulham supporter.
Next up is a road trip to face Roma in the Europa League. This is a big match for the Cottagers in terms of whether they advance or not in the group. With three matches remaining, Fulham could really seal their fate with a win in Italy on Thursday. It will not be easy traveling and playing a strong team like Roma, but this team has shown it can win both at home and on the road and I expect a competitive effort from the Cottagers in Rome on Thursday.
How excited are you about today's win? Did you expect Fulham to win? Which players on this team may not get the press attention and the notoriety of others, but you feel are key contributors and cogs to Fulham's success? I would like to hear from you. Let me know how you feel about things.
A great win my fellow Fulham supporters!! Let's enjoy this one!