Liverpool's Klopp: No concern over players' nerves after Fulham win

Mane is proving to Liverpool's most important attacker in the run-in.

A below-par Liverpool had gone ahead through Sadio Mane's first-half strike, but a poor error from Virgil Van Dijk was capitalised on by former winger Ryan Babel to level for Fulham in the 74th minute.

There was a little movement in mid-table thanks to wins for the Hammers, Everton and Leicester on a weekend where Wolves and Watford were triumphing in the FA Cup, meaning those five teams are separated by just four points and lined up neatly like a Saturday morning bank queue.

Sunday's 2-1 victory at Fulham represented the seventh successive Liverpool game in which Salah has not scored but, despite that run, the forward's record this season still reads an impressive 20 goals in 41 appearances across all competitions.

It caps off a fantastic week for Liverpool, who progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 3-1 win over Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old has been particularly aided by his understanding with fellow Liverpool forwards Salah and Roberto Firmino, with the trio creating a devastating attack in the last two seasons.

But they almost suffered a very costly European hangover against a Fulham side still 13 points adrift of safety.

Andy Robertson was the provider as Georginio Wijnaldum headed a good opportunity over at the far post before Rico was called into action to deny Van Dijk.

And the Cottagers thought they'd levelled on 65 minutes when Aleksandar Mitrovic diverted Zambo Anguissa's effort past Alisson, but the Serbia worldwide was flagged offside.

Disaster seemed to have struck for Liverpool when Van Dijk's header back towards Alisson didn't have enough purchase and Babel stepped in with the break of the ball to tap into an empty net.

A couple of football experts have predicted who will emerge victor of the 2018-19 Premier League Player of the Year. "After the equaliser we were much clearer than before the equaliser".

But Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico handed Liverpool a lifeline when he dragged Mane down in the box with 10 minutes remaining - and Milner slammed home the penalty.


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