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Fulham 1-1 Liverpool - Reds fail to go top of Premier League table

LFC Globe
13th December 2020
Fulham 1-1 Liverpool
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Liverpool failed to go to the top of the Premier League table as they were held to a 1-1 draw by on Sunday afternoon.

1-1 Liverpool

• 1-0: Bobby Reid (26')
• 1-1: pen (79')

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Liverpool remain second in the table behind midweek's opponents after a tough test away to at Craven Cottage.

Bobby Reid gave the hosts a deserved half-time lead before converted from the spot a little over ten minutes from time to secure a point for the Reds.

Klopp - Fulham vs Liverpool

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made a number of changes to the side that drew with Midtjylland in midweek, with returning between the sticks and the big guns restored.

made an energetic start - buoyed by their supporters - as Ivan Cavaleiro had an early attempt after getting in behind, with palming the forward's effort behind.

The forward had another opportunity as he got through the Reds' left side and looked to curl the ball into the corner, but read it well with a solid save.

As has been the case in recent weeks, there was more VAR concern as an excellent challenge from was scrutinised by the remote referee. Referee Andre Marriner was advised to look at the screen in a drawn-out three-minute delay, but fortunately, the correct decision was reached.

was forced into a third good save as a superb cross-field pass by Ola Aina saw Ademola Lookman bring the ball down and cut inside before getting a driven shot on target, with the Reds' keeper doing well to get down.

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But took a deserved lead less than a minute later as the ball fell to Bobby Reid at the edge of the box after the Reds tried to push out from a corner. The winger dispatched the ball across and into the back of the net, with Liverpool in dire need to wake up.

The champions had their first half chance five minutes before the break as got on the end of ' lofted pass, but the Senegalese couldn't keep his header down.

Liverpool finished the second half with much more confidence and could have equalised through this time. The Reds forward expertly received 's drilled cross but couldn't keep his pivot-and-shot on target.

In a concerning development, failed to make it out on to the pitch for the second half, with coming on to replace him. slotted in alongside at the back, with the Reds down to the bare bones in defence.

The champions were all over their opponents in the second half and had a glorious opportunity to even the scorelines as 's clever flick found Henderson running into the box, but the Reds skipper's effort was superbly saved by goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

Alexander-Arnold was withdrawn with a little over 20 minutes left as came on to replace him. Alexander-Arnold's decorum whilst coming off visibly annoyed Klopp, although the duo made up in the aftermath.

Liverpool were given a lifeline in the game after 's free-kick was adjudged to have struck a arm in the wall, with the referee instantly blowing for the penalty.

Salah stepped up to convert his sixth penalty of the season, with the Egyptian managing to squeeze the ball under Areola to make it 1-1 as the Reds went in search for a winner.

Jones nearly scored an exquisite solo goal after a superb run and shot from the edge of the box, but Areola was alert to the danger as he got down well to keep the ball out.

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Liverpool pressed on for a winner in the final stages but failed to conjure up any chances as they missed the chance to go to the top of the Premier League table.

It means Liverpool have already dropped eleven points this season, in comparison to fifteen all of last year, with the Reds struggling to find any rhythm away from home.

Liverpool XI: , Alexander-Arnold, Matip, , Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Jones, Salah, Firmino, Mane.

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