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Fowler leads Liverpool past Fulham

Robbie Fowler scored his first goal in nine games since his return to Liverpool, helping the Reds beat Fulham 5-1 in the English Premier League.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2006 17:30 IST

Robbie Fowler scored his first goal in nine games since his return to Liverpool, helping the Reds beat Fulham 5-1 in the English Premier League.

Elsewhere, West Ham beat Bolton 2-1 in a FA Cup fifth-round replay to set up a quarterfinal with Manchester City. In next week's other quarterfinals, Chelsea hosts Newcastle, Liverpool goes to Birmingham, and Middlesbrough visits Charlton.

Fowler had 120 goals in 236 appearances during his first nine-year spell with Liverpool. His 16th-minute header spurred Fernando Morientes and Peter Crouch also to score their first league goals of 2006.

Fulham midfielder Michael Brown turned the ball into his own net and Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock added a fifth. Collins John's reply for Fulham was a first-half equalizer before Liverpool took control.

The victory moved Liverpool within two points of second-place Manchester United, while Fulham stayed two places above the relegation zone.

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez dismissed speculation that he had signed a new deal with Liverpool but said talks were ongoing. He was two years into a five-year contract.

"We are talking about the future," he said. "I have three years left on my contract here so there is no hurry, I have not signed anything."

Liverpool's recent lack of scoring led to last week's elimination from the European Champions League and some poor performances in the English league.

First Published: Mar 16, 2006 17:30 IST