Fulham 1-1 Liverpool: 5 talking points as Reds miss chance to regain top spot

Liverpool missed their chance to regain top spot as they almost slipped to a shock defeat against relegation battlers Fulham.

The reigning Premier League champions could have leapfrogged Tottenham in the table after Jose Mourinho's side were held to a draw at Crystal Palace.

But a gallant Fulham gave the Reds a rude awakening in west London as Bobby Decordova-Reid's 25th-minute strike helped the Cottagers secure a vital point.

They could have perhaps had all three were it not for Aboubakar Kamara's stray arm which gifted the visitors a penalty late on.

Mohamed Salah duly stepped up to just about squeeze his spot kick under Alphonse Areola to snatch a point and spare Liverpool's blushes.

Here are the talking points from Craven Cottage.

1. Reds miss chance to go top

Liverpool had a huge opportunity to regain top spot and take the advantage heading into Wednesday's top of the table showdown with Tottenham.

But after seeing Spurs held to a draw by Crystal Palace on Sunday, the below-par Reds failed to capitalise.

The reigning champions were simply not at the races from the outset as Fulham caught them cold early on.

Indeed the hosts could well have been out of sight by half-time were it not for Liverpool's goalkeeper, and the Reds' inability to find a winner was another stark reminder that this season's title race is wide open.

2. Injury crisis at breaking point

There is seemingly no end in sight to Liverpool's troublesome list of injury problems.

Klopp confirmed prior to kick-off that both Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas are facing lengthy spells on the sidelines.

And things only got worse for the Reds' boss, as defender Joel Matip was replaced at half-time due to a back injury.

Matip was the only fit recognised centre-back in Klopp's ranks, forcing captain Henderson to slot in alongside his fellow natural midfielder Fabinho in the back four.

As far as injuries go, this was the one Klopp would have been desperate to avoid, and could well push Liverpool to dip into the transfer market come January.

3. Amazing Alisson

Caoimhin Kelleher's impressive performances as deputy almost made you forget just how important Alisson is to his club.

Any hopes Liverpool's No.1 had of easing himself back into first-team action after injury were quickly dashed, though, in a frantic opening period in west London.

The Brazilian was quickly called into action to twice deny Ivan Cavaleiro, but could do little to keep out Decordova-Reid's strike soon after.

Alisson then showed lightning reflexes to palm away Tosin Adarabioyo's effort, before he was aware of the offside flag going up.

He may not have been able to help his side to victory, but you can guarantee Klopp is delighted to have his first choice keeper back.

4. Lookman leads the charge

Ademola Lookman provided a firm reminder of his talents with a talismanic display for Fulham.

The 23-year-old was at the centre of all his side's good work going forward and laid on the opening goal.

But it was Lookman's efforts in harassing Liverpool that was of particular value to his side, as his tireless running rubbed off on those around him.

His career stuttered in spells at Everton and RB Leipzig, but he seems to be rediscovering his best form at Fulham.

5. Fulham fighting

No sooner had the season started and Scott Parker's side were already being written off by all and sundry regarding their chances of staying in the top flight.

After six games the Cottagers had managed to accumulate just a single point, and their path back to the Championship looked almost nailed on.

But Fulham showed they still have plenty of fight left in them as they recorded another decent result against last season's champions.

Parker's men almost secured a major upset, and it would have been no less than they deserved, as they made a clear statement they are not just here to make up the numbers.

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