Published: Mon, March 18, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Liverpool survive Fulham scare to go top of Premier League

Liverpool survive Fulham scare to go top of Premier League

They looked on course to do exactly that when Sadio Mane put the Reds in front in the first-half.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Mane has scored more outfield goals than any other player in the Premier League this season.

"We probably took more positives from previous year than negatives but it's a bitter pill to swallow when you lose the final of the Champions League and the way we went down".

Liverpool have 76 points from 31 games, two more than champions Manchester City who have a game in hand.

However, Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk got their wires crossed in the 74th minute and Ryan Babel capitalised on the mix up to score against his former club. "I think we made it pretty hard for ourselves with the goal we conceded obviously, but in the end we got the three points and that's what matters". Second half we could have finished it off and then it is clear at 1-0 if you don't kill it off that can happen. "The goal, it's important I put it away and made up for that, but there's years of practice gone into my penalties and in the game you've just got to go back to what you've been practising, be calm and know what you're going to do".

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Federer received a walkover to the final, where he will play either Austria's Dominic Thiem or Milos Raonic of Canada. He eventually built another 5-2 gap and rallied to the finishing line after two hours and 16 minutes.

Substitute James Milner stepped up and confidently finished down the middle to hand the Reds a 2-1 win and send them to the top of the Premier League over the March worldwide break.

"What has gone before I feel is probably my fault".

Another howler, this time by Rico, decided the contest as the keeper spilled a tame Mohamed Salah shot and then hauled down Mane who pounced on the rebound, leaving Milner to stroke home the victor from the spot.

"But (we can use) the thoughts of the run we had, the teams that we beat and the confidence that we gained".

Liverpool completed a clean sweep of four English sides into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a highly impressive 3-1 win at Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Millwall defender Jake Cooper smashed his side's final penalty over the bar at the sudden death stage of the shoot-out, after Brighton striker Glenn Murray had hit the crossbar and Millwall's Mahlon Romeo had seen a spot-kick saved by Mat Ryan. City is not playing in Premier League action this weekend as the club's derby with Manchester United was postponed due to the FA Cup.

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