Liverpool beat Fulham 1-0 at Anfield on Wednesday to keep their Champions League ambitions alive thanks to Mohamed Salah’s penalty.
Liverpool are now four points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, who have two games in hand, while Fulham are 10th with 45 points.
Fulham’s first reasonable opportunity came in the 14th minute when Carlos Vinicius’ stinging effort was deflected aside for a corner by Alisson Becker. Still, Issa Diop’s recklessness put them down six minutes before halftime.
The Fulham centre-back appeared safe as he let a pass go over his body, but Darwin Nunez took advantage of his indecision to push the ball away and the defender chopped him down, prompting the referee to signal to the spot.
Salah took the penalty and hammered it right down the centre to extend his home scoring run to eight.
That gave the home side some breathing room, but despite having Salah, Nunez, and Luis Diaz on the pitch, Liverpool struggled to get shots on target as Bernd Leno repeatedly came off his line to snuff out the danger.
Vinicius came through in the 77th minute, but Alisson deflected his close-range attempt aside.
In stoppage time, Daniel James found Bobby Decordova-Reid, but Virgil van Dijk pressured him and he shot wide as Liverpool held on for a sixth consecutive Premier League victory.
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