Liverpool win at Fulham to go level with league leaders Arsenal

21 Apr 2024

Alexander-Arnold wonder goal followed by Jota and Gravenberch proved vital in 3-1 victory at Craven Cottage

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Liverpool moved level on points with Arsenal at the summit of the Premier League as they got their title challenge back on track with a 3-1 win over Fulham.

Second-half goals from Ryan Gravenberch and Diogo Jota saw Jurgen Klopp’s side get the job done at Craven Cottage.

Timothy Castagne had sent Fulham into half-time on level terms, cancelling out Trent Alexander-Arnold’s delicious free-kick, though Liverpool’s quality told after the break as they bounced back from their loss to Crystal Palace last week.

With Manchester City in FA Cup action this weekend, the Reds leapfrogged Pep Guardiola’s team into second place, remaining behind Arsenal on goal difference, while Fulham stay in 12th.

The title race

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
1 Man City MCI 38 +62 91
2 Arsenal ARS 38 +62 89
3 Liverpool LIV 38 +45 82
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How the match unfolded

Liverpool dominated the early stages but squandered a golden opportunity to break the deadlock in the third minute when Luis Diaz headed Alexander-Arnold’s cross wide from close range.

The Reds did, however, find the breakthrough in spectacular fashion in the 32nd minute, with Alexander-Arnold curling a superb 25-yard free-kick into Bernd Leno’s top-right corner.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool

Yet Fulham were level in first-half stoppage time – Castagne pouncing on a loose ball in the box to slot home his first league goal for the club.

Premier League - Fulham v Liverpool

Liverpool regained their advantage within eight minutes of the second half. Harvey Elliott intercepted Alex Iwobi’s poor pass before finding Gravenberch, who broke his Premier League duck with a fierce 20-yard strike that flashed in off Leno’s left post.

Gravenberch goal

The Reds then secured the victory 18 minutes from time with Jota latching onto Cody Gakpo’s through ball and sliding home an all-important third goal, which was confirmed by VAR after a lengthy check for a tight offside call.

Diogo Jota, Liverpool

Tom Cairney tested Alisson late on, but his long-range effort was the closest Fulham came to setting up a grandstand finish.

Ton up for Jota

With a mouth-watering Merseyside derby against Everton coming up on Wednesday, Liverpool are still very much alive in the title race.

Jota sealed the victory with his 100th goal in English football – his 56th strike for the Reds after netting 44 times for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Alexander-Arnold broke the deadlock with his sixth Premier League free-kick, a tally only bettered for Liverpool in the competition by Jamie Redknapp (eight) and Steven Gerrard (seven).

Now unbeaten in six Premier League visits to Craven Cottage, Liverpool have scored in each of their last 20 away games – their longest league streak since the mid-1950s (21).

Fulham come unstuck at the Cottage

It is the first time this season that Marco Silva’s Fulham side have been beaten in successive games at the Cottage.

Fulham’s difficult record against Liverpool continues, with the Cottagers having now lost nine of the last 12 Premier League meetings between the sides.

On a brighter note, however, Castagne’s strike gave Fulham their 50th goal of the season. Having netted 55 times last term, it is the first time they have scored 50 or more goals in successive Premier League campaigns since 2003-04 and 2004-05.

They can still finish in the top half, but need to rediscover their form at home if they are to do so. London derbies against Palace and Brentford come next.

Premier League

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
10 Crystal Palace CRY 38 -1 49
11 Brighton BHA 38 -7 48
12 Bournemouth BOU 38 -13 48
13 Fulham FUL 38 -6 47
14 Wolves WOL 38 -15 46
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Club reports

Fulham report | Liverpool report

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Key facts

Liverpool have won seven of their last nine away games in the Premier League (D1 L1) – more than their previous 19 on the road beforehand (W6 D7 L6).

Fulham suffered their 16th Premier League defeat of the season, now equalling their total for the whole of last term. Seven of those losses have come at Craven Cottage – one more than they lost at home in the league in 2022-23 (6).

Ryan Gravenberch's goal, assisted by Harvey Elliott, was the first time Liverpool had a Premier League goal both scored and assisted by players aged 21 or younger since November 2014 v Chelsea (Emre Can assisted by Raheem Sterling).

Liverpool have scored four goals from outside the box against Fulham in the Premier League this season, the first side to score so many against the same opponent in a Premier League campaign since Leeds v West Brom in 2020-21, while the Reds last did so in 2015-16 v Aston Villa.

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