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Liverpool 4-3 Fulham: Reds Stage Late Comeback At Anfield

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Liverpool staged a dramatic late comeback to beat Fulham 4-3 after some hapless defending wasted two world-class strikes from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alexis Mac Allister and left them staring at a rare Anfield defeat.

The Cottagers looked like being the first side since Real Madrid in February to win at Anfield – and the first in the Premier League since Leeds in October 2022 – after substitute Bobby De Cordova-Reid’s 80th-minute goal.

However, Japan international Wataru Endo, who had spoken on the eve of the game about how difficult he had found the top flight since his arrival in the summer, sparked the comeback when he stroked home the equaliser seven minutes later.

When Alexander-Arnold struck – his brilliant free-kick for the opener went in off goalkeeper Bernd Leno for an own goal – barely a minute later, Liverpool’s 100 per cent home record was extended to 11 matches to move back to within two points of leaders Arsenal.

While thrilling, it was an unnecessary end to a game which the hosts should have controlled much better, especially after the quality of the early goals they scored.

Fulham were operating with a compromised goalkeeper after Leno played almost 100 minutes with a bandaged head having being injured in an eighth-minute incident which saw Mohamed Salah’s goal ruled out for offside after spilling Dominik Szoboszlai’s shot.

But while Liverpool had plenty of attempts on goal, Leno was not properly threatened until it became last-chance saloon territory.

The problem was at the other end where they allowed a team averaging just one Premier League goal a game all season to score three times away for the first time since April – also on Merseyside at Everton.

Either of Alexander-Arnold’s or Mac Allister’s strikes were worthy match-winners and the fact they were not will have been of considerable frustration to both players and Klopp.

A trip on Szoboszlai 25 yards out was all the invitation Alexander-Arnold needed as he dispatched a 25-yard free-kick – Liverpool’s 50th of the season – via the underside of the crossbar and Leno.

It had all appeared so easy to that point and part of the problem was a team showing six changes from the midweek win over LASK struggled to get out of second gear.

Worryingly for Klopp, at the start of December it seemed his side lacked the energy needed to properly dominate opponents but even Fulham’s unexpected equaliser four minutes later failed to provide the wake-up call.

Their right side was exposed with Alexander-Arnold central covering for Virgil Van Dijk, who was returning from a run upfield, and former Red Harry Wilson squeezed a near-post shot under Caoimhin Kelleher from Antonee Robinson’s cross from the Cottagers’ first attempt on goal.

Retaking the lead in brilliant fashion was only a small part of what was required from the home side.

Luis Diaz’s mazy run caused issues and Kenny Tete’s poor clearance was compounded by Raul Jimenez’s poor header back into the danger area and Mac Allister’s path.

The Argentina international allowed the ball to bounce across his body before unleashing a rising drive which found the same top corner Alexander-Arnold had: his first Liverpool goal and a worthy 500th at Anfield in Klopp’s 219th game at the ground.

Jimenez and Tete made amends with the former flicking on a near-post corner for the latter to nod past Kelleher, making his first Premier League start of the season for the injured Alisson and although he was flagged offside, VAR overruled.

The assistant’s flag did come to Liverpool’s rescue, however, deep into added time when Kelleher kept alive Joao Palhinha’s header and an offside Tim Ream tapped in.

Leno’s legs denied Salah just before interval and although Klopp’s side increased the tempo after the break, the same problems remained with Darwin Nunez’s shot deflected behind and Szoboszlai firing wide from the subsequent corner.

Nunez had yet another game where his contribution was minimal and he smashed an angled drive against the crossbar and also bundled the ball wide after twice being set up by Salah.

Then came the sucker punch as substitute De Cordova-Reid out-jumped Kostas Tsimikas at the far post.

Endo had a header saved and Salah fired over the rebound before the Japan international stroked home the equaliser, setting up Alexander-Arnold to deliver the killer blow.

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Not Arsenal, Prove Yourself Outside Serie A – Thierry Henry Tells Osimhen

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has sent a message to Napoli striker Victor Osimhen to prove himself outside of the Serie A.

Henry, who doesn’t want Osimhen to move to Arsenal, also wished the Nigerian all the best in his next career after Napoli.

Osimhen has been linked with Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal in the summer transfer window.

The current African Footballer of the Year will leave Napoli at the end of the season.

“I think he needed the goal today [against Barcelona]. At the AFCON, we saw him, he can lead the line, run into the channels, and has excellent hold-up play. How good can he be? He showed last year what he could do and won the African Player of the Year along the way, winning the Scudetto with Napoli and getting to the final with Nigeria,” Henry said on the UEFA Champions League show with CBS Sports Golazo.

“I’d like to see him now, what he can do in the Premier League or wherever he is gonna go or Paris Saint-Germain. Not Arsenal, I won’t go there. I want to see him take the next step and be more consistent with his output, but to be able to win the title with Napoli the way he did will stay in history forever, so all the best to him in his career.”

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Championship: Maresca Rues Ndidi’s Absence For Leeds United Clash

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Leicester City manager Enzo Maresca has lamented Wilfred Ndidi’s absence ahead of his side’s trip to Leeds United on Friday (today).

The Foxes head to Elland Road for a meeting of the Sky Bet Championship’s top two.

The Foxes currently have a nine-point lead at the top of the table.

Ndidi is the only player out injured from the first team group.

“The only one at the moment is Wilf. He is still injured. One of our best players, or best position, is Wilf. When he’s not there, we used Cesare,” Maresca told the club’s official website.

“Now they’re not there so we try to adapt. Unfortunately Wilf is still injured

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2024 Olympic Qualifiers: Waldrum Bemoans Short Preparation Window For Cameroon Clash

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Super Falcons head coach Randy Waldrum has voiced his displeasure over the short time frame available for his side to prepare for their 2024 Olympic Games qualifiers against Cameroon.

The West Africans only trained three times ahead of tonight’s first leg tie against the Indomitable Lionesses.

The Super Falcons will also have few days to prepare for the reverse fixture which will hold next week Monday.


Waldrum claimed the short preparation is not good enough for the team but is upbeat his players will be ready for the game.

“Anytime we have an international break, we don’t have much training time especially when you have two matches,” Waldrum told reporters.

“I think we are as prepared as we can be. Our players are playing abroad. Coming after the World Cup, I think the players are in great spirit.

“We respect Cameroon and we know it will be a great match in both legs but I think we would be ready.”

The American has selected 21 players for the third round tie.

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