Liverpool returned to the summit of the League table , albeit for a few hours , beating a valiant Fulham side by two-goals-to-nothing in a Sunday Barclays Premier League fixture played at Anfield.
Fulham , who have lost five of their league matches prior to this game, put up a tactically discipline performance that frustrated their more illustrious and more star-studded opponent throughout the duration of the match , especially in the first half in which they wasted few goal-scoring chances.
Liverpool came close to scoring in the opening exchanges through the efforts of Mohammed Salah ; Xherdan Shaqiri had opportunity to score the opener for the home side but this effort went wide from the goalpost.
Ryan Sessegnon missed an opportunity to put the Cottagers ahead after breaching the opponent’s defence line , but the youngster shot wide in a one-on-one situation with goal-keeper Alisson Becker.
Andre Schurle rattled Becker with a powerful shot in the twenty ninth minute, but the was no Fulham’s player inside Liverpool’s eighteen yard box to shoot Alisson’s deflected effort into the net.
Aleksandar Mitrovic’s beat Alisson from a marginally off-side position in the fortieth minute , but had his goal ruled as off-side by the assistant referee.
Liverpool immediately counter-attacked Fulham after the Mitrovic’s incident , and scored through Salah who raced into the opponent’s eighteen yard box and beat goalkeeper Rico with curling shot that few into the far corner of the net.
The second half turned to an all Liverpool affair , with Fulham were unable to replicate the attacking threat they had shown in the first half .
Sergio Rico , who had been outstanding in the first half , brilliantly punched over the crossbar a Sadio Mane’s goal-bound shot .
Liverpool continued to pile pressure on the Cottagers , who maintained an effective defensive shape that was proof against their opponent’s assault for a long time.
Shaqiri doubled the Reds lead when he composedly volleyed an Andrew Robertson’s shot that located him in an unmarked position inside Fulham’s eighteen yard box.
Four minutes after Shaqiri’s goal , Robertson had a chance to score for the home team when Roberto Firmino fed him a pass deep inside Fulham’s eighteen yard box , but his final shot was punched out of danger by goalkeeper Rico.
The two sides made changes to their teams as the match progressed into its terminal stage , but neither side was able to score another goal.
Liverpool with this victory have now maintained an unbeaten run in twelve Premier League matches , and defeats to Manchester City and a draw by Chelsea would be enough to keep the Reds at the top of the table at the end of the other matches that will be played later today
A cursory look at the League table shows that the battle for the title will be a fierce one this term , as Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City remain unbeaten and are playing very excellent football week-in and week-out in their League matches.