Liverpool broke their run of three matches without a win by claiming a 2-0 victory over Fulham at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Reds, whose early dominance might’ve counted for nothing had Ryan Sessegnon and Andre Schurrle taken three big chances in the opening half-hour.
While the biggest scare came in the 41st minute when Aleksandar Mitrovic nodded home only to be adjudged offside, the hosts reacted in typical fashion.
Just 13 seconds from the restart, Liverpool raced to the other end of the pitch to open the scoring through Mohamed Salah via a cool one-on-one finish.
It was a cruel way for Fulham to go behind and their woes were compounded 12 minutes later when Xherdan Shaqiri beautifully volleyed an Andrew Robertson cross past Sergio Rico.
Both goals were a pleasure to watch for any football fan without ties to the Cottagers, particularly the superb counter-attacking move that started with Allison and ended with Salah.
It’s also worth highlighting the gorgeous assist Trent Alexander Arnold played up the line to set the Egyptian on his way - one of several clever passes he completed during the match.
In fact, the England international’s distribution was impressive enough to warrant a tweet from none other than Gary Lineker, who described his passing range as “something to behold”.
Alexander-Arnold is no stranger to receiving praise from some of the biggest names in football, but his manager is eager to subdue the hype around him.
KLOPP ON ALEXANDER-ARNOLD
Speaking about the 20-year-old’s patchy form since returning from the 2018 World Cup, Jurgen Klopp said: “Trent is a very young boy still. He had two weeks off in the summer, that's not a lot.
“It's clear we try to have an eye constantly on him fitness-wise, not working with the group, stuff like that.
“We speak constantly but not about these things that were good or not good, it's more general. Advice, information, whatever.
“So he's actually in a good moment. He's played a lot of football and he will play a lot of football.
“That's good for him. Most important is that he can stay injury-free and everything will be fine.
“These are normal things. Don't point the finger too much, accept it.
“It will not be the first time or the last time when something will not be 100% in his life but he is still an outstanding player for us, really important and so it's all good.”News Now - Sport News