LIVERPOOL climbed to their highest Barclays Premier League position of the season with a narrow home victory over Fulham.
The Reds are now unbeaten in their last three under Kenny Dalglish John Pantsil's second-half own goal settled the encounter gave Liverpool back-to-back wins for the first time since early November.
The Mersey men move up to seventh, within five points of sixth-placed Sunderland having played the same number of games.
Until Pantsil put through his own net the main talking point was the goal Fernando Torres had disallowed after just six minutes.
The all-important goal came in the 52nd minute.
Dirk Kuyt's interception of Dempsey's pass took the ball into the path of Torres on the edge of the penalty area and he unleashed a shot which deflected off Brede Hangeland and rebounded back off the post.
Pantsil and Stockdale got in the way of each other in the resulting melee with the defender, under pressure from Meireles, slicing an attempted clearance over his own goalline.