Liverpool misses chance to go top of Premier League


Fulham 1-1 Liverpool

Liverpool missed the chance to go top of the Premier League despite recovering from a woeful first-half against Fulham to salvage a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage.

A draw for Premier League leaders Tottenham at Crystal Palace earlier on Sunday had opened the door for Liverpool but they were caught cold by Scott Parker’s side, who were roared on by their returning 2,000 supporters and deservedly led through Bobby Decordova-Reid’s blast on 25 minutes.

Fit-again Alisson kept Liverpool in it during a wretched opening half from the visitors and Jurgen Klopp’s side battled back after the break, with Mohamed Salah forcing home a penalty on 79 minutes.

Despite having almost 79 per cent of possession in that second half, Liverpool couldn’t find a second, though, and are now without a win away from home in five Premier League games.

They will have another chance to go top of the table when they face Tottenham at Anfield in a mouth-watering clash on Wednesday. Fulham, meanwhile, can take positives from their performance and, although they remain in 17th, they pull two points above the relegation zone, ahead of Burnley’s Sunday evening match with Arsenal at the Emirates.

Player ratings

Fulham: Areola (8), Andersen (8), Adarabioyo (7), Aina (7), Lemina (7), Anguissa (7), Robinson (7), Reid (9), Loftus-Cheek (7), Cavaleiro (8), Lookman (8).

Subs: Kamara (5), Reed (n/a), Bryan (n/a)

Liverpool: Alisson (8), Alexander-Arnold (6), Fabinho (5), Matip (5), Robertson (5), Henderson (6), Wijnaldum (6), Jones (7), Salah (7), Mane (6), Firmino (5).

Subs: Minamino (6), Williams (6), Origi (n/a)

Man of the match: Bobby Decordova-Reid (Fulham)