Defending champions Liverpool stumbled in front of their host Fulham, to draw with them 1-1 Sunday evening, in the 12th round of the Premier League.
Bobby Decordova-Reid scored Fulham’s goal in (25), and Mohamed Salah leveled the scoring for Liverpool from a penalty kick in the 79th minute.
With this result, Liverpool wasted the opportunity to be alone at the top, refused the Crystal Palace gift, and remained second with 25 points, with a goal difference behind Tottenham, while Fulham’s score rose to 8 points in seventeenth place.
Spears earlier in the day drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace.
Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp relied on the usual 4-3-3 playing style, with Brazilian Fabinho playing alongside Cameroonian Joel Matip in the depth of defense with the help of backs Trent Alexander Arnold and Andy Robertson.
Jordan Henderson, Giorgio Wijnaldum and Curtis Jones exchanged roles in the middle of the field, while the attack was formed by the traditional trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
On the other hand, Fulham coach Scott Parker resorted to the 3-4-1-2 way of playing, where the defense was from the trio first Aina, Joachim Andersen and Tosin Adarabioyo, and there were Bobby Decordova-Reid and Mario Lemina on both sides.
André-Frank Zambo Anguisa and Antonee Robinson were positioned in the middle of the field, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek was behind attacking duo Ademola Lookman and Ivan Cavaleiro.
Lemina’s attempt did not pose a threat to Liverpool goalkeeper Alison Becker in the second minute, and Cavaleiro overcame the offside trap before the Brazilian goalkeeper dismissed his shot in the fourth minute.
Areola caught Firmino’s easy attempt in the sixth minute, and controversy erupted after Fabinho was blocked by Cavaleiro in the area, but the referee did not count anything despite his use of VAR in the 18th minute.
Fulham led the score in the 25th minute, after a corner bounced in front of Liverpool’s goal, and the ball reached Lockman, who passed it to Decordova-Reid, so the latter broke the offside trap and put the ball into the net out of the goalkeeper’s reach.
Lookman and Cavaleiro cooperated with each other on the right side, and the latter sent a ball in front of the goal that was not followed in the 39th minute, and Liverpool responded one minute later with a header from Mane that moved away from the homeowners’ goal. Salah sealed the first half, when he met Alexander Arnold’s cross with an attempt that did not find the net In the 44th minute.
Liverpool made a substitution between the two halves, through which he took Matip and joined the Japanese Takumi Minamino, and Fulham almost scored a second goal in the 26th minute, but Allison responded to Cavaleiro’s close attempt, and moments later Salah fired a long-range shot that goalkeeper Areola sent to a corner.
Liverpool missed a dangerous opportunity in the 60th minute, when Firmino passed a smart ball to Henderson, who was blocked by Areola for his close attempt.
Liverpool tried to pressure Fulham and besiege it inside its penalty area, but all its balls were cut, so Klopp changed in the 68th minute, when Alexander-Arnold was knocked out of the field, to join Nico Williams.
The referee calculated a free kick in favor of Liverpool, which was implemented by Wijnaldum, and the ball hit the arm of substitute Kamara, so the guest team got a penalty kick from which Salah scored the equalizer in the 79th minute.
Liverpool almost scored the winning goal in the 84th minute, when Jones launched the ball, bypassing everyone around him, before hitting a crawling ball but Areola caught it in the right time, to end the confrontation in a draw.