- End of 2nd Half
- 2nd Half
- Milner (P)81'
- Zambo Anguissa66'
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Fulham - Liverpool
Premier League - 17 March 2019
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FT: Fulham 1-2 Liverpool. Milner's late penalty sends Liverpool two points clear of Man City having played a game more, after Reds old boy, Babel had cancelled out Mane's first-half opener.
- Yellow cardJoe BryanFulham
Bryan booked for fouling Mane.
- OffMohamed SalahLiverpool
- OnDaniel SturridgeLiverpool
LIVERPOOL CHANGE: Sturridge on for Salah.
Three minutes added.
Salah turns on the right of the area and flashes wide of the far post.
Liverpool still probing for a third. The best form of defence is definitely attack for the Merseysiders.
Mane brilliantly leads a Liverpool counter. He drives at the Fulham defence and feeds Salah, who can't beat Rico with a low shot just inside the area. The goal drought continues.
Wijnaldum curves just wide of the post from 25 yards after smart play from Milner and Salah found the Dutchman in space.
Liverpool on the attack again now. They want to make sure of the points after a massive scare courtesy of that Babel goal.
- OffTom CairneyFulham
- OnNeeskens KebanoFulham
FULHAM CHANGE: Kebano on for Cairney.
- Goal by penaltyJames MilnerLiverpool
GOAL! Milner restores Liverpool's lead with a clinical spot-kick down the middle.
PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL. Rico fumbles Salah's shot and takes down Mane as he looked to follow up.
A succession of Liverpool corners come to nothing.
Origi takes aim from 25 yards but sees his pile-driver deflect behind.
If Liverpool are going to win the title they surely have to win here. A very big 11 minutes or so remaining.
Salah rolls his man on the right-side of the box, but can't get a clean shot away from a narrow angle and Rico easily saves.
As it stands, Liverpool would move level on points with City but behind the champions on goal difference having played a game more.
That could be a HUGE goal in the title race.
- GoalRyan BabelFulham
GOAL! Fulham are level! A long clearance from Rico is miscued into the air by Milner. Van Dijk looks to mop up with a header back to Alisson, but there's a mix up and Babel is allowed to ghost in and easily convert against his old club.
OFF THE BAR! Mane rises at the near post to meet Alexander-Arnold's left-wing corner, but sees his flick header crack the top of the bar.
- OffAdam LallanaLiverpool
- OnJames MilnerLiverpool
LIVERPOOL CHANGE: Milner on for Lallana.
FULHAM CHANGE: Christie on for Fosu-Mensah.
- OffJean Michaël SeriFulham
- OnRyan SessegnonFulham
LIVERPOOL CHANGE: Firmino off, Origi on.
Salah bursts into the right side of the area once more, but Ream reads it again and frustrates the Reds No.11.
It's back underway and Liverpool almost mark it with a bang. TAA fires another super ball into the box, but Firmino can't climb enough to get on the end of it.
Play has been stopped for Cairney to receive some treatment.
Klopp is finally looking to his bench. Origi and Milner appear to be the men given the nod.
Anguissa sees a fine volley well held by Alisson after Liverpool had failed to clear their lines. Babel had led a counter for the hosts and the Reds were lucky to survive.
Liverpool look to re-establish their authority. Firmino twists on the right of the box and clips a dangerosu ball to the far post, but Salah is beaten to it by a Fulham head.
- Yellow cardAndré Zambo AnguissaFulham
Anguissa booked for the home side.
- OffJean Michaël SeriFulham
- OnRyan SessegnonFulham
FULHAM CHANGE: Sessegnon on for Seri.
Ayite nods in Anguissa's miscued shot - but he's flagged offside. A warning and a let off for Liverpool!
Worth pointing out it was Ream who made that fine challenge on Salah. It's not the first time he's stopped the Liverpool man this afternoon wither.
Mitrovic tries to take down a pass in the area. He initially seesm to surprise van Dijk but then stumbles as he tries to make space for the shot. Liverpool take advantage and break at speed.
Salah has a run at the Fulham box from the right channel. He has men over, but tries to go alone and is well tackled. Greedy play from the forward. He's too eager to break his own poor run in front of goal.
The hosts finally pose a question of the Liverpool defence and Ayité forces van Dijk to concede a corner on the right.
Fulham have barely been in the Liverpool half in this second period. It's all hands to the pump at present for the strugglers.
Liverpool probe patiently. Mane works it to Salah from the left. The Egyptian tries to up the ante but then runs into traffic. It's almost like he is trying to force situations at the moment.
DID YOU KNOW? van Dijk has netted more goals in his last four LFC appearances (3) than he had scored in his previous 55 games for the club (2).
SAVE! Fabinho's raking ball to the left of the area picks out van Dijk, who sees his header across goal pushed to safety by Rico.
It's been all Liverpool in this second half. Can they get the cushion of a second goal?
VIDEO: Wijnaldum nods over.
Alexander Arnold's swerving corner from the left catches Rico by surprise, but has too much spin on it for either Matip or Firmino to make anything of it at the far post.
Salah was just behind Wijnaldum then and wasn't happy with the Dutchman. He wanted to end his barren run. Whatever way you look at it, Wijnaldum should have scored.
Wijnaldum heads over from inside the six-yard box after rising well to meet Robertson's clipped cross.
STAT: The visitors have only shipped one second half goal in their last nine matches in league and cup.
Firmino's inventive back-heel flick hits a defender and falls kindly for Rico after Lallana's super run had allowed Wijnaldum to rifle in a low cross-shot towards the Brazilian.
No doubt who Liverpool's main man(e) was in that first 45.
- 2nd Half
KICK OFF! Liverpool start the second period.
- End of 1st Half
HT: Fulham 0-1 Liverpool. Mane's 20th goal of the season has put the visitors on course to return to the top of the PL table.
One minute has been added at the end of the first period.
Firmino tries to feed the marauding run of Robertson down the left, but he overcooks the pass and a great chance to pull the Fulham defence apart once again comes to nothing.
Fabinho flies in on Seri. Fulham's supporters urge the referee to dish out a second caution, but he gestures it's simply a foul and nothing more. The Brazilian will need to tread carefully from now on though.
- Yellow cardFabinhoLiverpool
Remember, as it stands Liverpool will move back to the top of the table by two points. The Reds will have played a game more than Man City, who were on FA Cup duty yesterday.
Babel with a super run down the left. He cuts past three and lays it back for Tom Cairney, who fluffs his lines with a woeful effort that flies well wide from 25 yards.
Liverpool carve the hosts open down the left once more. Robertson plays a neat one-two with Lallana but sees his cross-shot blocked away by the knee of Rico.
Fulham working hard but Alisson has had very little to do so far. Liverpool are stroking it about with an extra spring in their step after making the breakthrough.
VIDEO: Mane opens the scoring.
STAT: Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 11 league matches against promoted sides (W10, D1), scoring 31 goals and conceding just four.
Rico pats down Salah's speculative 25-yarder and then scurries to collect at the second attempt as van Dijk looked to feed on any scraps.
That is Mane's 20th goal of the season and his 17th in the PL. He has notched 11 in his last 11 outings in all comps.
- GoalSadio ManéLiverpool
GOAL! Mane continues his hot-streak! The forward jinks in from the left and feeds Firmino, who cuts it back from the left byline for the Senegalese star to coolly fire home.
Liverpool launch a rapid counter attack. TAA and Firmino switch it quickly from right to left, but Lallana dallies in the area and ends up falling on his backside. Fulham clear.
Babel with some good industry down the left. He sneaks beyond Fabinho and exchanges a one-two before seeing a thumping right-foot shot blocked to safety.
Salah charges after Firmino's ball into the wide right channel. The Egyptian turns on the after-burner to chase it, but is beaten by both the flag and the alertness of Rico.
Liverpool have had a couple of decent situations, but Parker will be quite happy with what he has seen from his Fulham side so far.
Once again it doesn't quite happen for Salah. He twists and turns on the right of the box after taking down TAA's lovely pass, but sees the ball nipped off his toe as he looked to pull the trigger from a narrow angle.
Matip is left free to meet Alexander Arnold's (TAA) resulting corner, but can only steer his flick header wide of the far post.
Salah wriggles to the right byline but can't find a teammate in the middle as Tim Ream sticks to his guns and makes an important block.
Plenty has been said about Liverpool's front three not firing in unison like they did last season. They have netted a combined 44 so far, which is only one fewer than they had mustered after 30 games last term.
Trent Alexander Arnold whips a very dangerous ball in from the right towards the run of Firmino. The Brazilian can't quite get there and Fulham are happy to see a wicked delivery flash across the six-yard box and away from the danger zone.
DID YOU KNOW? Scott Parker played in the Fulham team that lost 4-0 in the Premier League at Anfield in November 2013.
Robertson marauds down the left on to Matip's raking pass and rides Fosu-Mensah's. He drives in from the left byline but then wastes a good situation with a ball across the six-yard box that is far too close to Rico.
TOP-SIX WOES: Fulham have lost 24 of their last 25 Premier League meetings with the established top-six sides. The only time they have avoided defeat in that sequence was when they drew 2-2 at home to Man United in 2014.
A fluid Fulham attack down the left concludes with Seri curving a 25-yard strike well over the bar.
It's pretty even so far, but there are clear gaps in the Fulham rearguard when Liverpool spring from defence into attack.
FAB FORM: Fabinho has started 16 league matches for Liverpool. The Reds are unbeaten in that time, winning 12 and drawing four.
First opening of note sees Salah miscue a right-foot effort wide of the near post after Lallana's flick over the top had caused Chambers a problem.
DID YOU KNOW? There hasn't been a draw between the teams in 13 PL encounters at the Cottage. The last league draw at this ground came in a 1-1 stalemate in December 1967.
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Since a 1-0 success at Anfield in 2012, Fulham have lost five games on the spin against Liverpool, who have snared 16 goals in that time. The Reds are aiming for a third straight top-flight success at Craven Cottage for the first time and are heavy favourites to do so.
- 1st Half
KICK OFF! Fulham get this contest underway.
Meanwhile, there's been some good news for Liverpool's youngsters today. The Reds starlets have just beaten Watford 2-1 at Anfield to book a spot in the Youth Cup final.
Mo Salah has not netted in his last six outings for Liverpool - but could still become the fastest ever Reds player to score 50 PL goals in his 67th appearance this afternoon. If he gets on the scoresheet he would become the second fastest in PL history behind Alan Shearer, who achieved the milestone in 66 appearances for Blackburn Rovers.
OPINION: Many felt Liverpool were choking on the Premier League title pressure, but Wednesday’s CL victory over Bayern Munich could prove to be just the distraction the team needed.
Liverpool's goalscoring threat from set pieces in recent weeks has added an extra dimension to their blistering attack according to Gini Wijnaldum.
Jurgen Klopp: "It is just a very important game for us. We don't think about the situation in the table or whatever, we are only focused on our situation. But we know how difficult it is - we only have to take our game against Fulham at home: we need a genius moment from Ali, Trent and Mo to win that game." He added: "Now we have to make sure that we are really spot on from the first second and hopefully we can win that game."
Cottagers caretaker boss Scott Parker: "I believe we can stay up. I see the quality in this team, but I know and understand it will be very difficult. While there are still points available, it's possible."
Fulham make four changes from the 3-1 reversal at Leicester City as Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Jean Seri, André-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Floyd Ayité come into Scott Parker's starting XI.
Liverpool stick with the same side that defeated Burnley last time out in the PL, which means Adam Lallana starts again.
PHOTO: Inside the Liverpool dressing room.
CONFIRMED TEAMS - FULHAM: Rico, Fosu-Mensah, Chambers, Ream, Bryan, Seri, Anguissa, Babel, Cairney, Ayite, Mitrovic... Subs: Fabri, Sessegnon, Odoi, McDonald, Kebano, Vietto, Christi. /// LIVERPOOL: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Mane, Firmino, Salah... Subs: Mignolet, Lovren, Milner, Sturridge, Moreno, Shaqiri, Origi.
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