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Premier League Match Report & Player Ratings | Liverpool tested at Anfield but come away with 1-0 win over Fulham

A loan goal scored by Mohamed Salah was the difference maker on a night at Anfield that finished with Liverpool making it five wins from their last five to keep their late push for the top-four alive and kicking

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Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool remained on course for a possible dramatic late push into the top four after the Reds made it five wins on the spin of late thanks to a 1-0 win against a credible mid-table outfit in Fulham.

The immensely popular German manager has pushed his rag-tag outfit to the limit of late after the club received invaluable pieces of the puzzle back thanks to a return to fitness, and that regaining of depth in quality has begun to tell a different story after Liverpool looked to be on course to shockingly finish outside of the top six.

It was a really bright start for Liverpool in the opening ten minutes, with the Reds creating a number of half chances while right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold continued to show his quality while being tasked as a pseudo-central midfielder when the club broke forward in attack.

Fulham grew into proceedings and started to show a bit more positivity in their play just before the half-hour mark, showing more of what got them into the position they currently reside in the table under Marco Silva this season.

All the good work the Cottegers had done to work themselves into the match was undone by a moment of madness in the 38th minute by Issa Diop after the former Ligue 1 standout conceded a penalty when he was judged to have taken down Darwin Núñez in the box in the wake of the Uruguayan dispossessing the Frenchmen. Mohamed Salah expectedly dispatched his penalty past Bernd Leno to give the Reds a 1-0 lead in front of home support at just the right time for Klopp’s men.

Changes came in the second half for both Liverpool and Fulham, but by the 75th minute, the Reds had been unable to double their lead while giving the Cottagers a glimmer of hope that they could secure at least a point on their travels to the northwest of England. Brazilian center-forward Vinícius had a glorious chance to pull them level on the scoresheet just before the 80th minute, but his compatriot in Alisson did so well to turn his tight-angled effort at the near post away for a corner.

Fulham certainly did a fantastic job making their presence felt in one of the most difficult grounds to travel to anywhere in European football, but the late resurgence that continues during the bookend of the 2022-23 Premier League season shows that Liverpool may not be in the deep end as many suggested earlier.

That result sees the Reds extend their lead on 6th-sitting Tottenham to five points with just four matches remaining while also closing the gap to bitter rivals Manchester United to just four points. Fulham still appears to be on course for their first top-half finish since 2011-12 and maintain a five-point lead over fellow capital outfit Crystal Palace.

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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