Football - Sturridge treble sinks Fulham

Daniel Sturridge wreaked havoc on his return to west London, firing Liverpool to an easy 3-1 win at Fulham with a superb hat-trick at Craven Cottage.

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Daniel Sturridge scored a hat-trick as Liverpool beat Fulham

Sturridge had not scored against the Cottagers during his time at the club's local rivals Chelsea or while he was at Manchester City, but he took Martin Jol's team apart with three well-taken strikes. Three minutes after Dimitar Berbatov had nodded Fulham ahead, the England striker turned Aaron Hughes inside-out before smashing the ball into the roof of the net.

The 23-year-old latched on to Philippe Coutinho's deflected pass before beating Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer to make it 2-1 and he rounded off the win at the death with a clever chip over the Australian stopper, who was playing possibly his last match for the club.

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