Liverpool vs Fulham Player Rating as Liverpool win Dramatic Premier League classic

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Trent Alexander-Arnold’s brilliant late winner saw Liverpool beat Fulham 4-3 in one of the Premier League’s great games.

Mohamed Salah started in attack, the Egypt international needed just two goals to give Liverpool his 200th.

Salah thought he had scored after seven minutes but the flag was raised for offside.

Liverpool finally took the lead in the 20th minute when Trent Alexander-Arnold scored, curling a free-kick under the crossbar.

However, the lead was short-lived as Harry Wilson ran to the front post and poked home from a tight angle.

The rockets kept coming for the Reds as Alexis Mac Allister fired over Bernd Leno from 30 yards.

That tense half took another turn in stoppage time when Kenny Tete threw on Raul Jimenez to score the Cottagers’ second equalizer after a VAR review.

The same thing happened a few minutes later, but this time Tim Ream’s strike was ruled out for offside.

It didn’t let up after the break when Darwin Nunez ran into him but saw his shot from inside the area come back off the crossbar.

The visitors paid for that sloppiness in the final 10 minutes when Bobby De Cordova-Reid headed in at the back post to put Fulham ahead.

It should have been a day of history for Salah, but with five minutes to go he missed a true keeper who shot for about four years when it seemed easier to score.

But it didn’t matter as Wataru Endo scored his first goal for the club with a brilliant effort in the box.

A truly stunning performance reached its climax just moments later when Alexander-Arnold fired home the winner.

Liverpool Player Rating

Caoimhin Kelleher (3/10): He should have stopped a shot on Fulham’s first goal, looked awful on the second and showed he wasn’t nearly as present as Alisson on the third.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (8/10): His sublime free-kick helped open the scoring after 20 minutes, but it should have been narrower to Wilson to block Fulham’s first equaliser. His superb late goal proved decisive for the second week of the race.

Joel Matip (7/10): He was trapped by a scruffy defense in Fulham’s first equaliser, but otherwise made some great saves.

Virgil van Dijk (6/10): Strong in defense again to keep Fulham at bay and a bit of a threat on set pieces at the other end.

Kostas Tsimikas (5/10): He had his bad moments when he seemed to shut down a bit, but he fought hard for the ball and combined much higher. Third time at Fulham’s back post.

Dominik Szoboszlai (5/10): Another quiet performance from the summer signing, he didn’t play with the imagination and efficiency we saw earlier in the season.

Alexis McAllister (7/10): What a goal! He was pretty quiet in the midfield until he broke through with a stunning strike.

Ryan Gravenberch (6/10): Comfortable on the ball and some good passes to help open up space for the forwards.

Mohamed Salah (7/10): It was a real danger as he linked up perfectly with Nunez and set up the Uruguayan for a great chance that hit the post.

Darwin Nunez (6/10): Some good movement to get himself available in a tight Fulham defence, but missed all his opportunities.

Luis Diaz (5/10): The effort was there as he tried to weave his way through the Fulham back line but it was a bit of a dead end.

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