Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League table yesterday—with a 2-0 win at home to basement club Fulham at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s side continued their unbeaten start to the Premier League season as Mohamed Salah’s eighth goal this term and a second from the recalled Xherdan Shaqiri helped them equal their best start to a campaign.
While the scoreline suggested a comfortable victory, the game appeared to turn on a controversial decision five minutes before half-time.
Fulham captain Tom Cairney’s curling cross was headed home by Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic but the linesman’s flag was up for offside.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson quickly passed the ball to Trent Alexander-Arnold whose perfect pass released Salah to put the ball in the Fulham net seconds after the visitors’ thought they had taken the lead.
Salah’s opener allowed Liverpool to gain control and they underlined their dominance eight minutes into the second half when a short corner routine saw Andy Robertson’s curling cross find an unmarked Shaqiri, who scored with a fine volley.
This defeat was Fulham’s seventh successive loss in all competitions and sixth in a row in the league.