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EPL: Liverpool ensure happy return of Dalglish at Anfield

January 27, 2011 08:40 IST

Liverpool beat Fulham 1-0 on Wednesday to hand Kenny Dalglish his first home victory since returning to Anfield for his second spell as manager.

It took a scrappy 52nd minute own goal from John Pantsil to secure the three points and Liverpool's second consecutive Premier League win after the weekend victory over lowly Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The win lifted Liverpool to seventh in the standings with 32 points.

Pantsil sliced into his own net after a Fernando Torres shot deflected off the post into his path.

Liverpool could have taken an early lead when a rejuvenated Torres latched onto a pass from Raul Meireles and clipped it into the net only to be pulled back by the linesman's flag.

While Fulham keeper David Stockdale made fine saves to deny Meireles from eight yards and a long-range effort from Glen Johnson in a first half largely dominated by the Reds.

But after taking the lead, Dalglish's side failed to press home their advantage and allowed the visitors to maintain a foothold in the game.

Fulham pressed hard in the closing minutes and should have levelled when Moussa Dembele saw a shot from eight yards scrambled away by Reds keeper Pepe Reina.

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