Fulham vs Liverpool result: Five things we learned as Reds fail to capitalise on rivals’ dropped points

Bobby Decordova-Reid celebrates his stunning opener

Salah still on course

It took a penalty, and he was due to be subbed just beforehand, but Mohamed Salah did score and took himself to double figures for the season in the Premier League in the process.

Alphonse Areola almost saved the spot-kick, which was far from the No. 11’s most convincing hit, but the strike earned Liverpool______

Salah, along with Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, is in a group of the in-form forwards in the league who are likely to be in the running for the Golden Boot this season.

He’ll meet the Spurs duo in midweek, which could be an intriguing showing of who is most clinical.

Lookman serves reminder of talent

Ademola Lookman  hasn’t had the best of times over the last 12 months or so, with his move to RB Leipzig not really working out, so the switch to Fulham gives him an interesting opportunity to reset.

His big headline of the season so far was a negative one, but there’s plenty he does outside of the match-winning (or losing, as that one was) moments which can go overlooked at one of the league’s lesser teams.

Here against Liverpool he was excellent: hard-working, electric with his first touch and movement, always looking to come in and shoot on his right foot and troubling Trent Alexander-Arnold enormously.

After the break he was the regular outlet, the dribbling, energetic runner who gave them an out-ball to relieve pressure and force Liverpool back from time to time – an outstanding outing all-round, other than his rather awful lunging tackle on Neco Williams late on.

Mo Salah scores the equaliser from the penalty spot

At the bottom…

It is looking already as though it’ll be three teams from four who face relegation this season.

Fulham and fellow new arrivals West Brom are in that group, along with Burnley and the woefully out-of-sorts Sheffield United, but the Cottagers are the side outside the drop zone at present.

One point in those circumstances, particularly against the reigning champions, is an absolutely huge result – and the fans’ cheer at the end of the game signified as much.

There’s a two-point buffer into the bottom three now, which is a nice gap at this stage, along with the confidence which will come from the result.

…and the top

Liverpool were presented with a great chance to go top, ahead and clear of Tottenham, after Spurs were held to a draw by Crystal Palace earlier in the day.

But on a weekend where both Manchester clubs and Chelsea also dropped points, Liverpool went and did the same – largely due to the terrible first-half performance.

There won’t be too much panic from Jurgen Klopp and his staff, more a sense of frustration that so many players were below-par.

Next time out must be very different though, with that top spot very much up for grabs on Wednesday night at Anfield.

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