Mario Lemina upset Liverpool for their sixth consecutive defeat, as Fulham won 1-0 on Sunday, leaving the champions’ top four bid in turmoil. Fourth-placed Chelsea have four points in favor of Jurgen Klopp, who could extend that lead to seven if they beat Everton on Monday. That would leave Liverpool with a difficult task to qualify for the next Champions League through a top four finish.
They still could have made it by winning the Champions League, but it is hard to imagine given Liverpool’s massive drop in Europe’s elite club competition.
In a sign of how down they have fallen, even third-seeded Fulham easily outscored Liverpool to score three points at Anfield for the first time in nine years.
Without an Enfield victory before Christmas, Liverpool are a shadow of the team that is set for their first English title for a 30-year season.
He has been destabilized due to severe injury problems in defense, but it is still worrying to see the toothless Reds surrender so relentlessly once again.
Klopp insisted that even if Liverpool missed out on a place in the Champions League, their stars would remain loyal, but on proof of their latest embarrassment, the Reds boss needed to make significant changes to hold the champions-Manchester City next term May be required.
With an eye defending a 2–0 lead in their second leg of the last 16 seconds against Leipzig in Wednesday’s Champions League, Klopp made seven changes and a young defense featuring Neko Williams, Rice Williams and Nate Phillips Fielded
The selection of Phillies as well as Rise Williams meant that the injured Liverpool were a center-back partnership making their 19th different starts in 28 league matches.
– Impotent Liverpool –
Unexpectedly, Liverpool showed a lack of organization and consistency at the back, with Jose Maja behind two inexperienced central defenders to scoop their volley into the bar.
Adamola Lukman later fell behind Neko Williams, cutting into Liverpool territory before widening his shot.
Fulham were causing all sorts of problems with Liverpool’s temporary rescue and Maja was far from the target from Lookman.
Ivan Cavallero ran on a long ball and defeated the Phillies, only to shoot from a good position.
Diogo Jota made his debut since December after an injury, and Zerdan Shakiri was in front of Saderio Mane and injured Roberto Fermino.
Shakiri controlled the free-kick, but Liverpool were impotent in the attack and Fulham’s impressive performance was rewarded in the first half stoppage-time.
Self-confident and timid over-the-clock, Liverpool won in mournful fashion.
When Andrew Robertson could only clean the head on the edge of the area, Mohammed Salam was easily brushed off Lemina’s ball, which drilled a fine finish into the far corner of Alison Baker’s goal.
It was a sweet moment for the Gabon international when Meja’s equalizer ruled harshly against Tottenham in midweek after his accidental handball.
After showing his frustration by Egypt after being replaced against Chelsea on Thursday, Sala’s half-effort was hardly looking for a response.
Jota’s stinging volley from a Neko Williams cross forced Alphons Arella to make an early save in the second half.
Just after that chance, an aircraft flew above Enfield giving the slogan “Unity Strength. Let’s Reds. YNWA”.
Although Mane came off the bench to loop a header on the woodwork and Shakiri walked with a curler, Liverpool rarely looked like a response to that call to arms.
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