Keen to build upon their midweek thrashing of LASK in the UEFA Europa League, Liverpool welcomed Fulham to Anfield on Sunday – keen to return to winning ways in the Premier League after being pinned back to a 1-1 draw against Manchester City at the Etihad last weekend.
LIV: Kelleher; Tsimikas, van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold; Gravenberch, Mac Allister, Szoboszlai; Diaz, Núñez, Salah
FUL: Leno; Robinson, Ream, Bassey, Tete; Palhinha, Reed; Iwobi, Pereira, Wilson; Jiménez
A frenetic afternoon on the banks of the Mersey saw Liverpool take an early lead after just twenty minutes, with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick crashing against the woodwork before an unfortunate deflection from Bernd Leno carried it over the line.
But their lead would last just four minutes, with ex-Liverpool winger Harry Wilson restoring parity for the visitors as he received Antonee Robinson’s cross and poked the ball through the legs of the deputising Caiomhín Kelleher.
Many had thought that Manchester United’s Alejandro Garnacho had sealed the Goal of the Season award for his superb acrobatic effort against Everton – but with 38 minutes played at Anfield, Alexis Mac Allister picked out the top corner from thirty yards away, stunning Leno as the home crowd erupted.Embed from Getty Images
Kenny Tete would spoil the party as he equalised once more in first-half stoppage time, and after a relatively uneventful second half, it was Bobby Decordova-Reid that smashed the Cottagers into the lead with an 80th minute header.
Yet as Jürgen Klopp had alluded to in his pre-match press conference, Anfield is likely to appear in Fulham’s nightmares for some time to come – as a spectacular quickfire double from Wataru Endo and then Trent Alexander-Arnold completed a sensational comeback.Embed from Getty Images
Still unbeaten at Anfield this season, Liverpool cut Arsenal’s lead at the top of the Premier League table to just two points. Klopp’s men head to Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane in midweek, while Fulham welcome Nottingham Forest to Craven Cottage.