Following a nervy 90 minutes at Craven Cottage, Liverpool managed to scrape all three points together and leapfrog to the top of the table again. @TLister77 gives his scores for the team’s individual performances against Fulham:
Sunday’s fixture saw Jürgen Klopp name an unchanged starting XI to the side which came out victorious vs Burnley last week. This meant that – controversially to some – Adam Lallana started back-to-back Premier League games.
In another windy affair, Liverpool bounced back from a late equaliser to return home from South London with all three points thanks to substitute James Milner’s winning penalty.
Former Red, Ryan Babel had equalised following some confusion between Virgil van Dijk and Alisson.
Sadio Mané’s fiery form continued as he put Klopp’s men 1-0 up following a delightful passage of play and an assist from Bobby Firmino.
Alisson – 5
The usually reliable goalkeeper was not at his brilliant best today, having shared some responsibility for Fulham’s equaliser. His teammates returned the favour he has given so often this season, by making his mistake irrelevant come the final whistle.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6
As usual, demonstrated his skill offensively and whipped in numerous deadly crosses, although occasionally looked vulnerable defensively. Capable of a better performance but no cause for concern.
Joel Matip – 7
Yet again proved his doubters (myself included) wrong and filled the Joe Gomez shaped void in our hearts in a professional manner.
Also looked good on the ball. Overall added to his recent collection of coherent displays and did not really put a foot wrong.
Virgil van Dijk – 6.5
Today’s skipper maintained his record of wins while possessing the armband, despite having a minor part to play in the goal conceded.
Regardless of the Fulham goal, VVD put in an imperious display, commanding his backline relatively successfully. Proved he is in fact, also a human.
Andy Robertson – 7
Bombed up and down the left flank as relentlessly as ever, and provided several deadly crosses, as well as having a part to play in the red’s opener. Remained solid from a defensive standpoint throughout the game also.
Fabinho – 7
Another solid game, which Kopites are becoming very familiar with. Did his job breaking up play relatively well.
Picked up a yellow card in the first half for a dangerous challenge and played smartly to not get sent off.
Gini Wijnaldum – 6
Perhaps seen as a harsh rating by some, but seemed quite anonymous throughout the game. Came close with an effort from outside the box which went narrowly wide.
Adam Lallana – 7
Similarly to Matip, has proved many of us wrong in recent weeks and showed real desire and commitment playing for the badge. Relentlessly pressed and harassed the Fulham backline, and showed potential to be that creative spark that we have been missing.
Sadio Mané – 8
Continued to relish in his fine form by netting Liverpool’s opener, matching his goal tally for last season in six fewer games.
Worked hard all game, aiming to create chances for his teammates and earned the penalty which sealed the win.
Roberto Firmino – 6.5
Unfortunately didn’t quite play to the level he is capable of and misplaced a few passes, however it was by no means a poor performance as he grabbed an assist for Mane’s goal.
Mohamed Salah – 5.5
Quite an underwhelming performance by his standards. The Egyptian king appears to be lacking confidence as demonstrated by some of his decision making.
James Milner – 6.5
Had a huge impact on the game, grabbing an assist for Fulham with a poor pass two minutes after coming on. However, maintained his cool to deliver Liverpool the three points from the spot and redeemed his mistake.
Divock Origi – 6
Had no real impact on the match, had a long range effort blocked for a corner.
Daniel Sturridge – N/A
Came on in stoppage time. Didn’t have time to make his mark on the game.