Liverpool 1-0 Fulham LIVE! Premier League result, match stream, latest reaction and updates today
Liverpool closed the gap to the Champions League places to four points as they edged past Fulham with a 1-0 win at Anfield. Four wins in a row had kept the Reds’ incredibly slim top-four hopes alive, and that became five on the bounce for the first time this season as Mohamed Salah’s first-half penalty proved enough to continue the strong run and pick up three more points.
Darwin Nunez poked the ball away from Issa Diop and went down as the Fulham man swung at a ball that was no longer there, with the referee swiftly pointing to the spot. Salah stepped up and hammered the penalty down the middle.
Fulham were in the match right up until the final whistle, with Carlos Vinicius denied by a brilliant Alisson save late on, but Liverpool held on to close to gap to Manchester United in fourth.
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FT: Liverpool make it five in a row
GOAL! Salah hammers penalty past Leno
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22:44 , Matt Verri
Liverpool closed the gap to the Champions League places to four points as they edged past Fulham with a 1-0 win at Anfield.
Four wins in a row had kept the Reds’ incredibly slim top-four hopes alive, and that became five on the bounce for the first time this season as Mohamed Salah’s first-half penalty proved enough to continue the strong run and pick up three more points.
Manchester United in fourth do have two games in hand, and both they and Newcastle remain firmly in control of their own fate, but Liverpool’s charge has at least lifted the mood at the club in the final weeks of a frustrating campaign.
Post-match thoughts from Jordan Henderson
22:05 , Matt Verri
“It’s always difficult to win games in the Premier League. Five on the spin is very good.
“We’ve shown more consistency. We need to continue that until the end of the season and carry it on into next season too. A clean sheet is something we’ve been looking for.”
Elsewhere in the Premier League...
21:57 , Matt Verri
Manchester City had to wait until the second-half against West Ham to break the deadlock, but the goals came and they have won 3-0 to move back to the top of the Premier League table.
Erling Haaland has had a guard of honour from his team-mates, after netting his record-breaking 35th League goal of the season. Not too shabby.
FT: Liverpool 1-0 Fulham
21:52 , Matt Verri
Job done for Liverpool!
Not entirely convincing, particularly in that second half, but the winning run has been extended to five for the first time this season.
Things looking up for Klopp’s side.
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90+2 mins: Henderson down and will need some treatment.
Imagine the Liverpool captain will be absolutely fine...
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90 mins: Three minutes added on.
Time very much running out now for Fulham...
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89 mins: Well... nothing is really happening.
Liverpool are in control and seeing this out well enough. A few minutes away from their first clean for more than a month.
21:44 , Matt Verri
86 mins: Can Fulham create one more chance?
At the moment it feels like the wind has gone out of their sails a bit. Not sure the changes have really had a positive impact.
21:41 , Matt Verri
83 mins: Sure we’ve spent most of this half watching substitutions. Somehow there’s still more to be made.
Jota, in brilliant goalscoring form, is on for Liverpool. As are Elliott and Milner. Nunez, Salah and Jones the three to make way.
21:38 , Matt Verri
80 mins: That was Vinicius’ last chance to have an impact on the match.
He and Willian are off, with Solomon and James given ten minutes to find Fulham an equaliser. They still have every chance of finding one.
21:35 , Matt Verri
78 mins: Huge chance.
Willian played in down the left, Vinicius sending him away.
It comes back to the striker into the box, one touch to take it past Henderson but the second is a shot that’s well saved by Alisson. Really should have scored.
21:34 , Matt Verri
77 mins: Palhinha gives away the free-kick, his protests surprisingly not persuading the referee to reverse his decision. Strange that.
Robertson clips it in, Van Dijk there at the back post but well defended by Fulham.
21:33 , Matt Verri
75 mins: One more goal and this will be done for Liverpool, but they’re struggling to find it.
Henderson stands an inviting cross up to the back post, Gakpo coming in but he can’t quite climb high enough.
21:29 , Matt Verri
72 mins: Silva turns to his bench, three Fulham changes.
Wilson, Lukic and Cairney make way, with Kebano, Reed and Decordova-Reid all introduced.
21:27 , Matt Verri
69 mins: Robinson looks to be the most likely source of a decent ball for Fulham, getting forward well on the left.
It’s another dangerous cross in, but Robertson is there to hack the ball away.
21:23 , Matt Verri
66 mins: Willian clips it to the back post, nodded back across goal but the flag is up. Liverpool held a good line.
First changes of the night. Robertson is on for the hosts, replacing Tsimikas. He’s not exactly sprinting off, despite the referee’s efforts.
Gakpo also on, Diaz making way.
21:22 , Matt Verri
64 mins: Groans from the Anfield crowd, as Diop wins the ball back for Fulham.
That doesn’t help the mood either, Palhinha bringing the ball forward and earning a free-kick 30 yards out as Jones and Henderson dive in. Great position this.
21:19 , Matt Verri
61 mins: Liverpool need to be a bit careful, a couple of times in the last few minutes that they’ve nearly been caught on the ball in their own half.
Fulham are still bang in this match.
21:16 , Matt Verri
58 mins: Alexander-Arnold having a lovely time out there.
One-two with Salah as he drifts into midfield, and he’s about a foot away from picking out Diaz with a stunning crossfield pass. Thriving in this new role.
21:13 , Matt Verri
56 mins: Better spell this for Fulham. Willian has a shot blocked, before Robinson fires a low cross into the box and Tsimikas shanks it behind for a corner.
Chance for the visitors....
21:11 , Matt Verri
53 mins: Willian briefly appears to be away on the break, but he’s swiftly surrounded by Konate, Fabinho and Alexander-Arnold.
Has to turn back, and Fulham are forced to retreat deep into their own half.
21:08 , Matt Verri
50 mins: Diaz with a great run, skips away from Lukic and Palhinha before laying the pass wide to Salah.
Decent chance for the Egyptian, but he fires the effort high into the Kop.
21:06 , Matt Verri
49 mins: More of the same at the start of this half, the hosts very much on top.
Henderson has so much space in midfield, lovely pass in behind and Nunez gets there. Loses his balance as he gets the shot away though, sliced well wide.
21:05 , Matt Verri
47 mins: Early corner for Liverpool, as Salah flicks the ball of Robinson and gets the outcome he was looking for.
Fulham deal with it well though, as they have done with pretty much every cross into the box.
21:02 , Matt Verri
Up and running again at Anfield for the second-half.
Some first-half stats...
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More than 65% of the ball for Liverpool, and eight shots. Most of those came in a brilliant first 15 minutes.
Fulham have had five efforts themselves and a couple on target, with Alisson producing a good save to deny Vinicius. Final ball hasn’t quite been right for the visitors yet though.
Enjoying home comforts!
20:51 , Matt Verri
8 - Mohamed Salah has scored in each of his last eight home games in all competitions (9 goals), the longest scoring run by a Liverpool player at Anfield since Luis Suárez in January 2014 (also 8). Kingdom. pic.twitter.com/9G1c1Ytitq
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 3, 2023
HT: Liverpool 1-0 Fulham
20:47 , Matt Verri
So far, so good for Liverpool.
They made a brilliant start and didn’t get the early goal they deserved, but it came late in the half through Salah’s penalty.
Fulham still in it though, and have had their moments on the break.
20:45 , Matt Verri
44 mins: Fulham need to hang on until half-time only 1-0 down, Liverpool are pushing for a second. Alexander-Arnold continues to drift around the pitch and cause real problems.
Salah skips away from the challenges, looks to pick out Nunez in the box but too much on the cross and Leno claims comfortably enough.
20:42 , Matt Verri
41 mins: No messing about there from Salah, full power and lashed down the middle as Leno flung himself to his left.
Liverpool on track for a fifth straight win to continue their late-season charge.
GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Fulham | Mohamed Salah 40'
20:40 , Matt Verri
Salah makes no mistake from the spot and the Reds are in front five minutes before the break.
20:39 , Matt Verri
Diop brings down Nunez after taking far too long on the ball, Liverpool man poked it away from him and took the contact.
Disaster for Fulham.
20:38 , Matt Verri
37 mins: Diaz looks to charge his way through the Fulham defence, one white shirt too many though and they door is slammed shut.
Liverpool starting to build the pressure again, visitors struggling to get out of their own half.
20:35 , Matt Verri
34 mins: Alexander-Arnold with a great ball into the box, Jones though decides to call himself offside at the back post and just stands still as the ball hits him. Interesting decision.
Flag didn’t immediately go up, not sure he actually was offside.
20:32 , Matt Verri
31 mins: Ball in behind for Diaz, but once again Leno is quickly off his line and claims the ball.
Former Arsenal man has been impressive so far, has pushed up on several occasions already to mop up the danger.
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29 mins: Anfield crowd starting to get a bit frustrated with the referee. Klopp hasn’t yet lost his mind.
Willian to whip a Fulham free-kick into the box... or not. Taken short to Cairney, he pings it to Cedric but the full-back is unable to make anything of it.
20:27 , Matt Verri
26 mins: A chance for Fulham on the counter, Wilson bursting away down the right with Tsimikas out of position.
Slides the ball inside to Lukic, but Konate is swiftly across to slide in and knock the ball out of play.
20:25 , Matt Verri
24 mins: Nearly big trouble for Fulham there, as they lose the ball on the edge of their own area.
Bounces perfectly for Nunez, decides not to hammer the shot at goal and instead goes for a clever flick over the top for Salah. That was the plan anyway, instead he just passes it to Leno.
20:23 , Matt Verri
22 mins: Jones picks up the ball on the turn, drives at the Fulham defence. Nice footwork to get past Palhinha, who brings him down and does well to avoid a yellow card.
Got to feel a Liverpool goal is coming before long...
20:21 , Matt Verri
20 mins: Diaz drifts onto his right foot, doesn’t catch the strike cleanly but it bobbles behind for another Liverpool corner.
Two good headers out from Fulham, but Liverpool come again. Henderson whips it back in, Diop boots it away.
20:19 , Matt Verri
18 mins: Such an open game. Alexander-Arnold clips a ball over the top, Salah is in behind the Fulham defence.
Lovely drop of the shoulder gets him to the byline, curls an effort wide of the far post from a tight angle. Would have been some goal.
20:16 , Matt Verri
15 mins: Big save from Alisson!
Fulham cut Liverpool open, ball straight through the middle and the hosts are pulled apart. Vinicius is in, decent strike and Alisson tips it behind for a corner.
20:14 , Matt Verri
13 mins: Fulham have done well to survive this start from Liverpool, the hosts have been rampant.
Robinson gets forward well on the left, half an appeal for handball as Konate blocks the cross but even the full back didn’t really have his heart in that.
20:11 , Matt Verri
10 mins: Alexander-Arnold is everywhere for the hosts, Fulham haven’t got near him yet.
And he very nearly opens the scoring! Salah wide on the right, drives inside and lays the ball off for Alexander-Arnold who curls a shot wide of the far post.
20:09 , Matt Verri
8 mins: Van Dijk briefly down after a clash of hands, but he’s back up and fine to continue.
Liverpool continue to look dangerous when they get forward, again Alexander-Arnold has space to get a shot away. Lashed straight at Leno from 20 yards out.
20:06 , Matt Verri
5 mins: Some good, some bad. Standard from Liverpool.
Tsimikas caught out as Wilson makes the run in behind, rolls the ball across the face of goal and Van Dijk slides in to turn it away from a few yards out.
20:05 , Matt Verri
4 mins: It’s all Liverpool in the early stages, really quick start.
Alexander-Arnold fires an effort at goal that deflects off Diaz and behind for a goal-kick, but the hosts are swiftly back on the attack. Diaz tries his luck from distance, dragged wide.
20:03 , Matt Verri
2 mins: Scramble in the opening minute in the Fulham box, scuffed behind for a Liverpool corner.
Fabinho was about three miles offside in the build-up, right in front of the linesman. Didn’t bother to raise his flag.
Fortunately for him, the Liverpool corner is cleared away by the visitors.
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Underway at Anfield!
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Players are out, the afternoon sun has disappeared and there are some very cold looking mascots. Tough gig.
Kick-off coming up next.
Here we go...
19:54 , Matt Verri
Teams will be out onto the pitch at Anfield any minute now.
Seven points currently the gap between Liverpool and Man United in fourth, with the Reds having played a game more. Not ideal.
Still the opportunity to finish this frustrating season on a high though, heading into a summer rebuild.
Klopp on top-four chances
19:45 , Matt Verri
“I haven’t a clue. Our only chance is to win games.
“The final table of the year is always a reflection of the year. The signs we have showed in the last four-and-a-half games are really good.
“Fulham are a strong team and we have to put a proper shift in.”
30 minutes to go!
19:34 , Matt Verri
Heading out to warm-up for #LIVFUL 💪 pic.twitter.com/5uFVsHcrD4
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 3, 2023
Pre-match thoughts from Van Dijk
19:27 , Matt Verri
“Everyone is enjoying the way we have been playing the last couple of games. We have to be flexible and that includes tonight. It’s a work in progress. Tonight will be tough.
“It’s good to keep the momentum going. It’s all about results. We will suffer at times today and we have to make them suffer.”
Hosts have arrived!
19:17 , Matt Verri
Good evening, Reds 👋#LIVFUL pic.twitter.com/74giMwArna
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 3, 2023
Three changes for Liverpool
19:10 , Matt Verri
Klopp has shuffled his pack somewhat. Robertson drops to the bench as Tsimikas comes in at left-back, while Henderson and Nunez start in place of Elliott and Gakpo. Jota is fit enough only for a place among the substitutes.
Willian returns for Fulham, who are without Pereira and Ream. They will both miss the rest of the season are picking up injuries last time out against Manchester City.
Fulham team news
19:03 , Matt Verri
Starting XI: Leno, Cedric, Adarabioyo, Diop, Robinson, Lukic, Palhinha, Wilson, Cairney, Willian, Vinicius.
Subs: Rodak, Tete, Duffy, Reed, Kebano, Solomon, Reid, James, Harris.
Liverpool team news
19:01 , Matt Verri
Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Henderson, Fabinho, Jones, Salah, Nunez, Diaz.
Subs: Gomez, Milner, Gakpo, Elliott, Jota, Robertson, Carvalho, Matip, Kelleher.
Marco Silva: Great challenge for Fulham
18:52 , Matt Verri
Marco Silva knows his side are coming up against an in-form Liverpool side tonight, and he spoke in glowing terms about the Reds’ quality up front in his pre-match press conference.
“They are in a good moment in the last few games,” the Fulham boss said.
“They have been achieving good results and scoring goals with all the players in the attack line in better form right now. They can change many players in the attack line and even so they keep the quality.
“Even before the four wins in a row they had that game with Arsenal when they were losing 2-0 and they came back with an important point for them.
“It’s up to us to be ready to play at Anfield, it’s always really tough. It will be for sure a great environment in that stadium, and it will be another great challenge for us.”
18:44 , Matt Verri
All round the fields of Anfield Road 🏟️
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 3, 2023
Too much to do?
18:30 , Matt Verri
Liverpool going for their fifth straight win, but the gap to the top four is still a significant one.
The Reds trail Manchester United in fourth by seven points, having played a game more, with Newcastle a further two points ahead. A battle for fifth with Brighton appears more realistic for Klopp’s side than a late push for Champions League football.
Top four latest odds:
Man United 1/20
Odds via Betfair.
Good memories for the visitors...
18:23 , Matt Verri
The last time we visited Anfield. ⏪#LIVFUL pic.twitter.com/3RMZAWrAEJ
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) May 3, 2023
Klopp: I opened the box
18:16 , Matt Verri
More on that incident, with Jurgen Klopp revealing what referee Paul Tierney said to him on the touchline at Anfield.
He had said Tierney spoken to him in an inappropriate manner when showing him a yellow card for confronting the fourth official as he celebrated Diogo Jota’s stoppage-time winner.
Asked for his account of what happened, Klopp said on Tuesday: “The whole situation should not have happened. It was out of emotion and anger in that moment. That is why I celebrated the way I did.
“The no foul on Mo [Salah] was directly in front of my eyes. I should have just been happy when we scored but unfortunately I was still angry and that led to the way I celebrated.
“Paul Tierney came over to me, I did not expect a red card. I expected a yellow card. He said to me: ‘For me it’s a red card but because of him [the fourth official] it is a yellow’. I felt, ‘Red card? For what?’ That is how I left.
“I tried to calm down after the game but it did not work out properly and I said what I said. I understand I opened the box. It was not intentional but obviously I opened it.”
Klopp charged by FA
18:07 , Matt Verri
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been hit with an FA carge of alleged improper conduct over his incendiary comments regarding referee Paul Tierney following Sunday’s Premier League win over Tottenham.
Klopp has until Friday to respond to the charge and allegations that his comments about Tierney “imply bias, and/or question the integrity of the referee, and/or are personal/offensive, and/or bring the game into disrepute”.
The German had said in his post-match interviews following the 4-3 thriller against Spurs that Tierney seemed to have something “against” Liverpool following previous run-ins, with Klopp having been booked and warned by the referee for celebrating Diogo Jota’s last-gasp winner at Anfield by running straight up to the fourth official.
Klopp was subject to strong criticism for both his touchline behaviour and subsequent comments about Tierney, expressing regret in a press conference held earlier on Tuesday in advance of tomorrow night’s top-flight clash with Fulham.
But such contrition was not enough to see Klopp escape an FA charge, with the governing body later confirming in a statement: “Liverpool FC’s Jurgen Klopp has been charged following their Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur FC on Sunday 30 April.”
Perfect evening for it!
17:59 , Matt Verri
The setting for #LIVFUL ☀️ pic.twitter.com/nfJawSKf5a
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 3, 2023
Standard Sport prediction
17:53 , Matt Verri
Goals seem a pretty safe bet when it comes to Liverpool at the moment, with their forward line clicking into gear but the defence still extremely vulnerable.
Fulham will get their chances to exploit that, but are unlikely to be able to keep the hosts quiet at the other end.
Liverpool to win, 3-1.
Fulham team news
17:45 , Matt Verri
Marco Silva has described Willian’s injury as “not really serious” so he could be involved at Anfield, but Tim Ream and Andreas Pereira are out for the rest of the season in a double blow to Fulham.
Aleksandar Mitrovic remains suspended, as he continues to serve his eight-match ban for his conduct when sent-off in the FA Cup against Manchester United.
Liverpool team news
17:40 , Matt Verri
Diogo Jota is a doubt for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Fulham tonight.
A rib injury followed by a fresh knock shortly before he scored the winner against Tottenham has left the Portuguese forward unable to train this week, and the Reds may opt to not risk him at Anfield.
“Diogo struggles, he got a knock in the back against West Ham and a bruised rib,” explained Jurgen Klopp.
“He couldn’t train before the game but could play without an injection, but he got another knock when he came on. He hasn’t trained since then so that one is a doubt, at least, but I hope he can recover.”
Roberto Firmino is also absent for Liverpool, who continue to be without Naby Keita, Stefan Bajcetic and Calvin Ramsay.
Predicted Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Jones; Salah, Gakpo, Diaz.
How to watch Liverpool vs Fulham
17:34 , Matt Verri
TV channel: The game will not be broadcast live on TV in the UK, as it was originally due to be a 3pm kick-off on a Saturday before it was rearranged.
Live blog: You can follow all the action right here with us instead!
17:25 , Matt Verri
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Liverpool vs Fulham!
It’s four wins in a row for Jurgen Klopp’s side going into this match, as they make a late charge up the table. They’ve surely left themselves too much to do in terms of a top-four finish, but the Reds look as good as they have all season.
We’ll have all the latest updates, build-up and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 8pm BST from Anfield. Stay with us!