Unconvincing Liverpool edge past Fulham
A James Milner penalty spared Liverpool’s blushes and ensured that Jurgen Klopp’s side go into the international break on top of the Premiership.
Liverpool went into the game on a high after their impressive 3-1 mid-week win against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Their slow start and sluggishness on the ball may have been down to their European hangover and sheer excursions of going to Munich and back.
Jurgen Klopp’s men took the lead in the 26th minute as a fine one-two between Mane and Firmino, saw the Senegalese sensation quickly fire in his 17th league goal of the season.
Liverpool continued to spray misplaced passes in the second half as Fulham began to creep into the game.
André-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s shot was headed in by Floyd Ayité, only for the linesman to deny Fulham with offside as Liverpool were let off the hook.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, whipped in a classy corner only for Sadio Mane’s header to come back off the crossbar.
Jurgen Klopp decided to introduce James Milner, yet seconds after coming on, his terrible sliced clearance caused mayhem and confusion between captain Virgil Van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson, which former Liverpool winger Babel pounced to score an easy goal.
If Liverpool’s title bid was to suffer yet another away draw and more dropped points, fans would be left seething especially after conceding such a poor goal.
However, James Milner quickly became the hero again as Mohammad Salah’s palmed shot away saw Sadio Mane bundled over by Fulham’s goalkeeper, giving the referee no choice but to point to the spot.
Milner coolly slotted down the middle as Liverpool and their travelling fans celebrated joyously.
Milner’s penalty was so Gerrard-esque it would have given Liverpool fans fond memories of when Steven Gerrard often bailed his side out with his fabulous spot kicks.
At the final whistle, manager Jurgen Klopp, punched the air with joy and celebrated as Liverpool finally stormed back to the top of the Premiership, two points clear of Manchester City, who have a game in hand.
Next up for Liverpool is Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday 31st March, which promises to be an exciting spectacle.
Fulham 1 vs 2 Liverpool
Mane 26, Milner (pen) 81
Competition: Premier League
Date: Sunday 17th March 2019
Venue: Craven Cottage
Man of the Match: Sadio Mane. Continued his outstanding goal scoring form and helped get the penalty his side needed to secure a vital three points.
James Spencer, Thoughts from the Stands
Some massive matches coming up, so below are all of our April fixtures and kick off times:
Sunday 31st March
Liverpool 16:30 Spurs – Live On Sky
Friday 5th April
Southampton 20:00 Liverpool – Live On Sky
Tuesday 9th April
UEFA Champions League
Liverpool 20:00 FC Porto – Live On BT Sport
Sunday 14th April
Liverpool 16:30 Chelsea – Live On Sky
Wednesday 17th April
UEFA Champions League
FC Porto 20:00 Liverpool – Live On BT Sport
Sunday 21st April
Cardiff City 16:00 Liverpool – Live On Sky
Friday 26th April
Liverpool 20:00 Huddersfield Town – Live On Sky