Free highlights and match report as Liverpool lose sixth straight game at Anfield; champions have failed to win eight successive home games for the first time in 63 years; Fulham seal second-ever Anfield win as Scott Parker’s side draw level on points with Brighton to boost survival hopes
Sunday 7 March 2021 16:38, UK
Liverpool’s capitulation as champions stooped to an unprecedented low as Fulham boosted their survival hopes with a 1-0 win at Anfield which condemned Jurgen Klopp’s side to a sixth successive home defeat.
Klopp made seven changes in the wake of Thursday’s defeat by Chelsea but they failed to inspire the Reds as their horrendous home run continued against the relegation-threatened Cottagers.
Mario Lemina punished slack defending from Mohamed Salah to rifle in his first Fulham goal on the stroke of half-time as Scott Parker’s side were rewarded for their adventurous approach at the home of champions.
Substitute Sadio Mane clipped the crossbar in the second half and a crucial stoppage-time clearance from Joachim Andersen prevented Liverpool from salvaging a point as they failed to win for an eighth consecutive game at Anfield for the first time since 1958.
By contrast, it was a memorable first managerial visit to Anfield for Parker as he guided Fulham to only their second victory away at Liverpool which sees them move level on points with 17th-place Brighton in the battle for survival.
Liverpool: Alisson (6), N Williams (5), R Williams (6), Phillips (6), Robertson (6), Milner (6), Wijnaldum (5), Keita (6), Shaqiri (5), Salah (5), Jota (6).
Subs: Fabinho (5), Mane (6), Alexander-Arnold (5).
Fulham: Areola (7), Tete (8), Andersen (8), Tosin (8), Aina (8), Reed (7), Lemina (8), Lookman (8), Cavaleiro (7), Decordova-Reid (7), Maja (7).
Subs: Mitrovic (6), Loftus-Cheek (6), Robinson (n/a).
Man of the Match: Joachim Andersen
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Fulham plunder as Anfield foundations crumble
With an eye arguably on Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 second-leg with RB Leipzig, Klopp made seven pre-match changes, but they were pounced upon by a Fulham side fighting for their lives.
The visitors came close to taking an early lead when January loan signing Josh Maja shanked a volley wide inside three minutes, and Fulham’s adventurous approach went on to cause Liverpool’s makeshift defence issues throughout the first period.
Ademola Lookman had the beating of Neco Williams, tormenting the Liverpool right-back throughout with driving runs which he could have capped with goals had he found the target with two shots early in the first half.
Liverpool were indebted to two smothering save from Alisson Becker before the half-hour mark when he prevented Maja from bundling the ball home at the second attempt after reaching Kenny Tete’s cross to the back post.
Neco Williams was undone by another run in behind from Lookman on 35 minutes but recovered in time with a crucial last-ditch block which turned the Fulham forward’s shot over the bar.
Salah looked sharp in the final third as he looked to draw a line under his midweek substitution against Chelsea. But having flashed a couple of early chances wide of the Fulham goal, the Egyptian’s week took a turn for the worse a minute before the break.
Salah dithered in possession on the edge of his own area after Liverpool had cleared a cross into the box, inviting pressure from Lemina who picked his pocket and rifled a low shot past Alisson which gave Fulham the half-time lead.
Klopp resisted the temptation of making changes at the start of the second half, which was greeted by the low buzz overhead of a banner-carrying plane which the message ‘Unity is Strength. Let’s go Reds. YNWA’.
It almost inspired the Reds to an instant response, with Diogo Jota’s thunderous volley expertly tipped away by Alphonse Areola within three minutes of the restart.
Mane was introduced just after the hour mark but even he was unable to spark Liverpool into life as he failed to convert a header from Shaqiri’s cross and scuffed an effort into the ground.
Liverpool ramped up the pressure late on but Fulham stout defensive performance was typified by Andersen’s stunning late clearance as Liverpool’s Anfield woes continued.
Liverpool ‘host’ RB Leipzig in their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday at 8pm in Budapest, before travelling to Wolves on Monday Night Football at 8pm – live on Sky Sports Premier League. Fulham host league leaders Manchester City on Saturday at 8pm.
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