Liverpool reinstated their position at the top of the Premier League table with a late victory over firm relegation candidates Fulham.
The Sadio Mane show continued on against Fulham when the player secured his seventh goal in five matched latching onto some brilliant build up play between himself and Roberto Firmino from nine yards out.
In the opening exchanges, it was obviously a game between title contenders and Premier League relegation fodder.
Andrew Robertson came close from a tight angle after another beautiful performance of link up play, this time with Adam Lallana, before Fulham ‘keeper Sergio Rico was on hand to deny Virgil van Dijk of his second goal in as many games after he met Fabinho’s return ball into the box.
For all their dominance, however, no one is safe in the Premier League with a slender, single goal lead and Fulham looked all but set to support that hypothesis.
A beautifully worked opportunity from long-range by Andre-Frank Zambo tested Allison’s concentration, before Liverpool returned the favour and nearly went ahead after Mane narrowly missed a headed effort from the corner.
Despite all the visitors’ pressure, it would be the hosts that drew blood next after being gifted a goal via a calamity of errors between Virgil van Dijk and Brazilian stopper Alisson – ex-Red Ryan Babel the beneficiary.
It was a short-lived pleasure, however, as Liverpool pushed up the field finding and equaliser just six minutes later when Sergio Rico was adjudged to have handled Mane in the box.
Milner duly dispatched the penalty after being subbed on only minutes before – was it ever in doubt?
Sadio Mane was deservedly awarded the Man of the Match award after another classic performance; however, we believe the efforts of Fabinho should not go unnoticed.
The Brazilian took another positive step on his journey to become a world class defensive midfielder on Sunday.
Fabinho was awarded a yellow card for a clumsy challenge early on and could well have been sent off soon after, but he managed his temperament well after the brief scare and typically dominated the midfield position.
His distribution was on point – releasing Alexander-Arnold down the right-wing on a number of occasions, and a mature performance in the centre of the park allowed the more attacking minded Lallana and Wijnaldum to play their offensive game more liberally.
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