Liverpool vs Fulham: Mohamed Salah’s penalty keeps the Reds’ top-four hopes alive.
Liverpool vs Fulham
The Reds kept their Champions League hopes alive with a tense 1-0 win over Fulha. They moved into top within four points of fourth-placed Manchester United.
Following the decision that Issa Diop fouled Darwin Nunez, Mohamed Salah converted Liverpool’s game-winning penalty. It was Salah’s 17th Premier League goal of the year. Fulham manager Marco Silva called the decision to award the penalty “embarrassing” by referee Stuart Atwell.
Near the end of the second half, Alisson made a diving save to deny Carlos Vinicius a point for Fulham. Later, in stoppage time, substitute Bobby Decordova-Reid missed the visitors’ best opportunity.
Salah’s strike was enough for Liverpool to secure their fifth consecutive Premier League victory, moving them up to fifth place. Following Fulham’s tenth-place drop following their third consecutive loss, Silva got furious.
Liverpool keeps the pressure on their top-four rivals
Liverpool’s second home win of the week was tame in comparison to the drama and fury of the first, but it was still a welcome departure for Jürgen Klopp. A fifth Premier League victory in a row, Liverpool’s best run of the season, kept the club’s faint hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive, and marked yet another milestone in Mohamed Salah’s glittering Anfield career.
Marco Silva was the enraged manager on display this time. Fulham’s manager accused VAR of abdicating its responsibilities and Darwin Nunez of diving for the game-winning penalty, which ruined his team’s otherwise excellent defensive performance.
Salah scored goal and became the first player in Liverpool history to score in eight consecutive home games. Gordon Hodgson and Luis Suárez both scored eight consecutive home goals for Liverpool in 1927-28 and 2014, respectively, but their streaks were cut short by injury and suspension. Salah is now fifth all-time in league goals for the club, one behind Steven Gerrard’s tally of 186 in all competitions. Silva was not in the mood for compliments.