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3 talking points as Fulham compound more misery upon Liverpool

Defending champions Liverpool lost yet another game at the Anfield as the side has now lost six successive home outings in the Premier League.

Liverpool went down to another dismal Anfield defeat as Fulham earned a thoroughly deserved victory on Merseyside. A fine strike from Mario Lemina shortly before half-time proved to be enough to give Scott Parker’s side the win, with the hosts again showing an alarming lack of quality in front of the goal.

Jurgen Klopp had made seven changes to the side that lost at home to Chelsea on Thursday, but those alterations had no impact on his side’s efforts. Diogo Jota brought a smart save from Alphonse Areola in the second half, while substitute Sadio Mane hit the post with a looping header.

It was yet another disastrous display by the reigning champions. Liverpool were punished by the visitors, who took their chance well to open the scoring, and the Reds failed to find a way past Areola despite getting in 16 shots.

Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota showed moments of brilliance but were off the mark against Fulham. Liverpool’s latest home defeat means the defending champions are now 22 points behind leaders Manchester City. What were the key takeaways from this game?

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A fast start, once a hallmark of this Liverpool team, no longer exists. The Reds’ last first-half goal came against Tottenham Hotspur, in the 45th minute from Roberto Firmino. Nine games since then haven’t seen Liverpool register early. And more than that, the few shots taken and chances fashioned have been largely hopeful, half-sights of goal.

In the last eight games – home or away, all competitions – the Reds have netted precisely two goals which cannot be put down to opposition defensive mistakes of one type or another. Curtis Jones against Sheffield United and Salah against Leicester were created and scored by the Reds; the other four in that period were own goals, penalties, and clear individual errors. Liverpool have failed to score a single goal from open play in their last 116 attempts, which is the worst such run since the 2006-07 season.