Premier League side Liverpool reached another milestone following their 2-0 win over rivals Fulham over the weekend. The club proved it was done with its inconsistencies of the yesteryears, and keen on achieving even more this term.
The Merseyside outfit has had their best start to any season in the Premier League era after garnering 30 points after 12 games so far.
They are part of the three teams yet to lose this term, the other being title hopefuls Chelsea and league leaders and defending champions Manchester City. Liverpool have played games that ended in three draws and the rest victories. They are currently the second favourites to win the Premier League, seen on variety of UK betting sites, with Manchester City being odds-on to retain their title for another season.
With Barcelona losing at home to Real Betis, in a shock twist in the La Liga, Liverpool’s home win makes them the strongest side at home in all of Europe’s top five leagues – even though Juventus are gunning for the treble, and also in good form. It has 27 games since the fortress at Anfield cracked.
After their 12 games, the club has +18 goal difference, the most at the stage of the season ever in the new era. Their defensive liabilities are also impressive as they let in only five.
Against Fulham, the Reds showed some of the classic counter attacks that we saw more last season. Fulham threatened their hosts at Anfield in the first half. The Lily whites netted through Aleksandar Mitrovic; with the Serbian’s header flagged offside. Goalkeeper Alisson Becker quickly distributed the ball to Trent Alexander-Arnold. Alexander-Arnold used his physical qualities to his advantage, passing to Mohammed Salah who scampered away. Even Fulham keeper Sergio Rico could not stop what they had coming.
In the second half, it was Xherdan Shaqiri’s turn to get on the scorers’ sheet. The former Stoke City star has been crucial to Liverpool’s attack this season, especially in light of reduced firepower from the front three of last season. Shaqiri has contributed two goals and three assists in Liverpool’s last five games.
From the corner that Fulham were trying to clear out, Liverpool returned it through Andy Robertson with the ball meeting a stunning volley from the Swiss attacker.
Though Liverpool made a good record with the Fulham win, they now enter an intense run of games after the international break that would really impact how they finish this term. There is the Everton derby, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Napoli, PSG etc at various times in the next few weeks.