Liverpool fail to capitalize on Tottenham Hotspur’s slip up after a lackluster draw away to relegation fighting Fulham side.
After a tough midweek assignment in Denmark, Liverpool travelled to Craven Cottage with an expectation of registering a morale-boosting win ahead of the summit clash. Tottenham had dropped points against Crystal Palace earlier in the day and Liverpool had a chance of having a two-point lead at the top of the table ahead of the match with Tottenham Hotspur.
That looked to have played a part in the match as they looked rattled by the fast start of Fulham. Fulham seized the initiative and attacked Liverpool right from kickoff. Alisson made some crucial saves to deny Fulham. Fulham also had a shout for a penalty turned down by the referee. Fulham’s persistence paid off when they took the lead after Reid scored.
Liverpool slowly grew into the game after that goal and took control in the second half. The Reds had several chances to equalize but were denied by Fulham’s defense. Liverpool finally got their lucky break when they got a penalty which Salah converted. The defending champions had a chance to seal all three points when Curtis Jones embarked on a solo run only to be denied by Areola. Both sides had to share spoils at the end of a pulsating match.
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INJURY CRISIS CONTINUES AT LIVERPOOL
Klopp confirmed before kick-off that both Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas are facing lengthy spells on the sidelines. while there was no sign of Naby Keita in the matchday 18 after his midweek comeback appearance. And things only got worse for Klopp, as Joel Matip was replaced at half-time due to a back injury. Matip was the only fit recognized center-back in Klopp’s ranks, forcing captain Henderson to slot in alongside his fellow natural midfielder Fabinho in the back four.
Reports indicate it was precautionary as they have a mid-week summit clash against Tottenham. Liverpool will look towards January for reinforcements and will look to add some depth to the squad. With Son and Kane in red hot form, they will hope that their backup players step up.