It felt like a point gained rather than two dropped as Liverpool drew 1-1 in what was an uncharacteristically poor display in the capital against Fulham.
Bobby Decordova-Reid struck for the hosts in the first half with a crisp finish beyond the grasps of the wonderful Alisson Becker, while Mohamed Salah’s 79th minute penalty rescuing the Reds from a second defeat of the campaign.
It could have been so much worse for the Premier League champions with the Cottagers opening the game in a lively and energetic fashion. The hosts produced the bulk of the game’s best chances within the opening half hour but luckily for the Red’s they had the returning Alisson between the sticks.
In the absence of the Brazilian, Caoimhín Kelleher had stepped up and produced three excellent performances. However, the game against Fulham required world class players to step up in the difficult moments and in those stages, Alisson provided.
The goalkeeper’s first call into action came in just the fourth minute. Portuguese forward Ivan Cavaleiro found himself behind the Liverpool defence and charging towards goal. With just the Red’s keeper to beat, the forward had his powerful effort palmed away by the Brazilian international.
Cavaleiro continued to threaten for the hosts and once again found himself behind the Liverpool rear guard. With only a tight angle available to him, he manipulated the ball perfectly towards the bottom corner only for him to be denied once again by the former Roma man.Embed from Getty Images
Ademola Lookman was a constant threat for the Londoners all afternoon and he would be the next to test the reflexes of Alisson. After beating Alexander-Arnold, he attempted to beat the on rushing Alisson with power, but his effort was dealt with easily as it was parried clear.
The 28-year-old continued to face a bombardment of efforts on his goal and unfortunately it was a matter of time before one beat the world class shot stopper. After being fed the ball on the right side of the box, Bobby Decordova-Reid’s unleashed a powerful and precise shot that flew beyond the grasps of the Reds keeper to give the Cottagers the lead going into the break.
Despite the obvious disappointment of going into the second half a goal down, the game could have been easily out of sight for Klopp’s side had it not been for their £66 million goalkeeper.Embed from Getty Images
Within the opening minutes of the second half, it looked as if it would be more of the same as a mix-up at the back meant Alisson was called upon once again. Robertson’s attempted clearance deflected goalward off the superb Cavaleiro, however the 28-year-old reacted to deal with the danger.
That would be one of the goalkeepers last major contributions to the game as Liverpool eventually found their rhythm. His heroics would not be in vain as Salah converted a penalty with ten minutes remaining to set up a chaotic finish. Ultimately, this did not happen as the Reds struggled to breakdown Scott Parker’s disciplined side, with Curtis Jones fluffing his lines after a superb run as the only notable chance.
Looking back at proceedings a draw was probably a fair result after Klopp’s side took control in the second half, however if it not been for Alisson Becker, Fulham fans would have been celebrating a comfortable victory over the Premier League champions.
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