Mohamed Salah beats Cristiano Ronaldo, Gini Wijnaldum’s hidden talent and lost moments at Liverpool


Liverpool slashed their chance to dominate the Premier League on Sunday as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Fulham.
Mohamed Salah’s second-half penalty was enough to save a point from a frustrating afternoon at Craven Cottage for Jurgen Klopp and his players after Bobby Decordova-Reid crushed the hosts in the lead.

Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace earlier in the day leaves the Reds on top with Jose Mourinho’s side ahead of Wednesday night’s top-notch clash at Anfield.

But you knew all of this, of course.

What you might have missed, however, is a series of interesting subplots in West London during the match.

Wake up!

In the last six months of Premier League football without supporters, Jurgen Klopp has been heard regularly.

The Reds boss and his sound instructions have been felt in every field he has visited since June.

With no supporters inside the pitch to stifle Klopp’s demands, Liverpool players found themselves with their ears ringing accordingly.

However, even with 2,000 boisterous home fans at Craven Cottage on Sunday, Klopp’s anger couldn’t be quelled in the capital.

As he watched his players drift relentlessly into a really poor first half, Klopp urged his team to “wake up!” “.

Screams could probably be heard close to Stamford Bridge, such was the Reds manager’s frustration.

” Wake up! ”

They did, eventually.

Wrong passe devant Cristiano Ronaldo

With a single blow from his left boot, Mohamed Salah leveled things in the second half.

It was a goal the Reds probably didn’t deserve, but a goal they grabbed with both hands.

The penalty conversion was Salah’s 13th goal of the season and his 85th in the Premier League through his spells with Chelsea and Liverpool.

The number 85 goal also put him away from great Cristiano Ronaldo who has scored 84 times in six years as a Manchester United player.

That Salah took just over half the time to do so shows just how prolific he has been at Anfield, even though the legendary Ronaldo was not the iconic superstar he is now revered as during his training days. at Old Trafford.

At the age of 28, Salah is probably now in his prime for a striker, which is a tantalizing prospect for Reds fans.

He will turn into an excellent Premier League when he finally seeks new pasture later.

Le talent caché de Wijnaldum?

In the list of potential Liverpool set-piece specialists, Gini Wijnaldum is probably in the pecking order.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is the Reds’ resident free kick taker after completing a home grip during his time on the first team.

Fabinho is also known to imagine his dead bullet chances after hitting a few howitzers last season.

Mohamed Salah will always support each other too, while Jordan Henderson can hit them every now and then.

Wijnaldum, however, is not someone you would normally associate with a free kick.

But that’s exactly what the Dutchman did when he hit one on Fulham’s goal in the 79th minute.

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The well-struck effort could have posed some problems for goalkeeper Alphonse Areola if he had not been stopped by Aboubakar Kamara with his arm.

From there, the visitors were given the penalty and their lifeline in the game.

Maybe Wijnaldum can take a chance the next time Liverpool get a free kick from shooting position?


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