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Salah scores the opener as Liverpool defeat Fulham

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Liverpool cruised to a 2-0 win over Fulham with opening the scoring after Mitrovic’s header was controversially disallowed.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Roberto Firmino, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Xherdan Shaqiri.

Fulham XI: Sergio Rico, Sergio Rico, Alfie Mawson, Denis Odoi, Maxime Le Marchand, Cyrus Christie, Tom Cairney, Calum Chambers, André Zambo Anguissa, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon, André Schürrle.

Going into the game, Liverpool knew that there was potential to close the gap with Manchester City as the latter have a tough derby game coming up this weekend. Fulham also have by far the worst defensive record in the league while Liverpool have been free scoring at Anfield, so there was promise for a slew of goals.

Liverpool dominated from the offset, with Sergio Rico being the only thing stopping Liverpool from breaking the deadlock and opening the floodgates. The Spaniard pulled off a smart save when Mohamed Salah was played in on goal and struck a right footed shot towards the far post.

Around five minutes before half time, Fulham appeared to take a surprise lead when Cairney’s placed cross found Mitrovic who directed a header in typical fashion to the bottom corner. While the Serbian was celebrating, however, the linesman flagged it for offside and seconds later Liverpool started a counter attack which saw Salah beat the offside trap and go one on one before placing his shot past Rico.

The second half started in the same way that the first half ended, as Liverpool continued to create chances. Eventually, they got the second goal when Robertson’s stunning cross found Shaqiri in space at the back post and he showed great composure to place his volley into the bottom corner.

From there, Fulham seemed content with damage limitation as the rest of the game was played out with Liverpool dominating possession without making a real breakthrough, as the match finished 2-0.

The result puts Liverpool top of the league temporarily, although they may be overtaken if Manchester City do not lose this weekend to Manchester United.

Liverpool’s next game is after the international break against Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday 24th of November at 5PM Egyptian time.

Match Reporter and Editor at Quantity surveyor from South East London. Support Leyton Orient and Inter at club level. Due to my mixed heritage I also support England, Egypt and Poland at national level. If it involves a stadium and a football then I'll watch it.

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