Liverpool avoided defeat against Fulham. Mohamed Salah’s penalty in the final 10 minutes made the duel 1-1.
In the match that was held at Craven Cottage, Sunday. Liverpool played poorly in the first half and allowed Fulham to control the match.
Fulham took the lead through Bobby Decordova-Reid in the 25th minute. In the second half, to be precise in the 79th minute, Liverpool were saved by Salah’s penalty which made them equal Tottenham Hotspur’s points, 25 points.
The Reds are in second place on goal difference. While Fulham is in 17th position with eight points from 12 matches.
Fulham shocked Liverpool when they dared to attack from the minute. Liverpool’s back line was troubled when in the fourth minute, Ivan Cavaleiro escaped the offside trap and shot into a tight angle that Alisson Becker could have tipped off.
Fulham threatened in the 14th minute, Cavaleiro became the actor again. This time Cavaleiro took advantage of the Liverpool defenders’ negligence when receiving Ademola Lookman’s through ball, but Alisson quickly blocked his shot.
Liverpool came close to a penalty in the 18th minute when Fabinho looks to foul Cavaleiro. However, VAR canceled it because Fabinho won the ball not the foot.
Fulham was rewarded for their persistence in pressing Liverpool when they took the lead in the 25th minute. Starting with a violation against Salah who was not considered a referee, Fulham made a quick counterattack.
Lookman fed Bobby Decordova-Reid who touched the ball once, before sending it to the far post without Alisson being able to block. Behind 0-1, Liverpool tried to get up looking for goals as quickly as possible.
However, Fulham was able to defend well and made Liverpool distracted. Liverpool were only able to escape the pressure after 35 minutes and five minutes later Sadio Mane got a well-made ball which he headed, but it still floated.
Likewise Mohamed Salah in the 44th minute when he was able to escape from the opponent’s control, even though his shot went wide. Liverpool remained behind 0-1 at the end of the first half.
At the start of the second half, Fulham and Liverpool had exchanged attacks. Cavaleiro was again a threat to the visitors’ defense when he fired in a powerful strike that forced ALisson into a close-range save.
After that, it was Liverpool’s turn through Mo Salah’s long-range shot which Alphonse Areola pushed over. In the 61st minute, Areola returned to action when he warded off Jordan Henderson’s shot from close range.
Liverpool’s attempt to equalize the score finally came to an end in the 78th minute when Gini Wijnaldum’s free kick hit Aboubakar Kamara’s hand. Penalty was awarded and Mo Salah executed it perfectly, although Areola managed to guess the direction of the ball..
The 1-1 score made the match heated up in the last 10 minutes. Jones in the 83rd minute made a solo run from the middle of the field to the penalty box. Unfortunately, the execution of his right leg was too weak and easy to catch Areola.