Few would’ve anticipated Liverpool versus Fulham would turn into one of the games of the season to date, but this Liverpool 2.0 side continues to find ways of enthralling us and in turn, terrifying us.
The Reds began a hectic Christmas schedule in style when Trent Alexander-Arnold fired Jurgen Klopp’s side ahead in spectacular fashion with a stunning free-kick that went in via the crossbar and a little bit of Bernd Leno’s head.
However, whilst many would’ve expected Liverpool to take complete control in front of an expectant Anfield crowd, former academy graduate Harry Wilson struck back through the legs of Caoimhín Kelleher.
Anfield Goes Wild For Trent’s Late Winner!
After a short spell of pressure, it was left to another blockbuster strike to give The Reds the lead once more. Alexis Mac Allister opened his Liverpool account with a long-range rocket after the ball bobbled loosely inside the Fulham half, perfectly struck past Leno and into the top corner by the Argentine midfielder.
Once again Klopp’s charges relinquished the advantage when Tete reacted first in the area, this time guiding the ball beyond a scrambling Kelleher who would be disappointed by both goals conceded.
Half-time and despite two serious goal-of-the-month contenders, somehow the hosts conspired to share the spoils at the break.
‘TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD YOU BEAUTIFUL MAN’ | LIVERPOOL 4-3 FULHAM | DAN’S MATCH REACTION
No changes at the break and Liverpool continued to create chances with their lion’s share of possession, however, with opportunities squandered by both Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah, Marco Silva’s side stunned the hosts.
Bobby Decodrova-Reid outjumping Kostas Tsimikas at the back post to nod home and give Fulham a 3-2 lead midway through the second half, bewilderment reigned supreme around Anfield.
Cody Gakpo and Joe Gomez replaced Dominik Szoboszlai and Mac Allister as Klopp moved Alexander-Arnold into a six position before Ibrahima Konate entered the fray for the injured Joel Matip.
TRENT WINS IT AGAINST FULHAM! LIVERPOOL FANS REACT!
Those changes failed to have the desired effect, leading to Wataru Endo taking the place of Ryan Gravenberch, thus moving Alexander-Arnold even further forward.
Moments later, with some wondering how Endo was expected to drag Liverpool from a hole, the Japan captain struck home his first Premier League goal with pinpoint accuracy and power. 3-3, we couldn’t, could we…
Of course, we could. With just a minute and 21 seconds exactly remaining, that man, Alexander-Arnold stepped up with another well-struck finish from the edge of the area to send the crowd into ecstasy and hand The Reds a crucial three points against the late odds.
XI: Kelleher 5, Alexander-Arnold 9, Matip 6, Van Dijk 7, Tsimikas 7; Mac Allister 8, Szoboszlai 6, Gravenberch 6; Salah 6, Diaz 6, Nunez 7.
Subs: Endo 8, Konate 6, Gomez 6, Gakpo 6.
Finding a way to win when not at your best is one of the key hallmarks of any successful side and this 2.0 version of The Reds looks to have the ability, fight and character to go to the well and come up smelling glorious…