Stability for Liverpool
Even if Liverpool’s second home victory of the week was underwhelming in comparison to the excitement and ferocity of the first, it was still a nice change for Jürgen Klopp. A fifth straight Premier League victory, Liverpool’s finest run of the season, kept alive the slim possibility of qualifying for the Champions League and marked yet another significant turning point in Mohamed Salah’s illustrious Anfield career.
This time, Marco Silva was the irate manager on display. The manager of Fulham said that Darwin Nunez had dived to win the game-winning penalty and ruin his team’s otherwise excellent defensive performance. Salah scored, identical to his performance against Tottenham on Sunday, and became the first Liverpool player to score in eight straight home matches. Also read: Premier League Hall of Fame new inductees.
A Hope for top four
Salah’s accuracy and Alisson’s skill in goal were crucial to Liverpool’s triumph, which reduced United’s lead to four points in fourth place despite Erik Ten Hag’s team having two games in hand. Carlos Vinicius was denied by the Liverpool custodian in a tense finish, while Bobby Decordova-Reid also missed a good opportunity in stoppage time.
Salah, Nunez, and Luis Diaz would have been most people’s pick for Liverpool’s first-choice forward line at the beginning of the season, and it was also an exciting prospect as well. However, due to the Colombian striker’s serious knee injury and the Uruguayan forward’s challenging debut season, the trio has remained little more than an idea. For the fifth time, the trio began together against Fulham, and they showed ever, the trio began together against Fulham, and they have shown both moments of great promise and rust.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Salah, and Diaz all came close to starting the scoring from sharp Liverpool raids, but Fulham was handling the pressure with ease till Diop gave the hosts a breakthrough. Tim Ream’s season-ending injury forced the center defense to start, and he took too slow to react to an Adarabioyo ball that crossed his penalty area.
Nunez had already darted in to grab the ball off Diop’s toes when he swiped at a clearing and failed, falling over the challenge. As soon as VAR confirmed the on-field ruling, referee Stuart Attwell pointed to the spot, and Salah buried the resulting penalty kick through the middle of Bernd Leno’s net.
Fulham kept Liverpool at bay during the second half, but they lacked the menace that energized their first-half effort. However, it came back late when Vinicius sprinted into the penalty area after Willian broke into space down the left and squared to him.
He was able to go through Liverpool’s defensive line with his first touch, leaving Alisson as his only close-range opponent. Not for the first time this year, the Brazil international came to his team’s help with an outstanding reaction save, blocking Vinicius’ attempt with a powerful right arm to put Liverpool on track for yet another spirited victory.
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