Liverpool eases past Fulham after controversial goal
- Mitrovic goal ruled offside, Salah quickly answers [ VIDEO ]
- Shaqiri makes it 2-0
Liverpool went atop the Premier League table for the moment following a 2-0 win over Fulham at Anfield on Sunday.
Mohamed Salah scored 13 seconds after a Fulham goal was ruled offside, and Xherdan Shaqiri also scored as the Reds moved to 30 points.
That’s one point more than Man City, who hosts Manchester United at 11:30 a.m. ET, and three ahead of Chelsea ahead of the Blues 9:15 a.m. ET meeting with Everton.
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The first dozen minutes went as expected, as Liverpool mostly did what it wanted in attack. Xherdan Shaqiri was the closest to finding a finish with a 13th minute drive from the top of the box.
Mohamed Salah forced Sergio Rico into an in-tight save in the 16th, as the opener looked certain to arrive any moment. Rico stopped Salah again in the 22nd.
Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon turned Virgil van Dijk inside out but blasted a shot inches wide of the far post for the Cottagers best chance of the half. Andre Schurrle was stymied by Alisson Becker before the half-hour mark.
Shaqiri missed with a 35th minute bid for the near post.
Then Fulham went from ahead to behind in a flash. Mitrovic headed a cross behind Alisson, and was quickly ruled offside (The margin was thin). Alisson restarted play, and Salah blazed down the right wing for a goal.
The change in fortunes was dramatic, and took 13 seconds.
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The Reds got a second goal in the 53rd minute when Shaqiri met a terrific back post cross from Andy Robertson with a composed finish across goal.
Liverpool was very much in control, but failed to add to its goal differential.