Sport Liverpool slump to home defeat by Fulham as record run goes on
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson out for at least five weeks following groin surgery
The Reds have confirmed that their club captain has been forced under the knife after picking up an untimely injury in the Merseyside derbyThe versatile 30-year-old lasted less than half-an-hour during a 2-0 defeat for the Reds to their arch-rivals at Anfield on February 20.
LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) - Liverpool slumped to a club-record extending sixth consecutive home league defeat as they lost 1-0 to Fulham after a first-half goal by Mario Lemina in the Premier League on Sunday.
The defeat by the relegation-threatened visitors marks the first time since the 1953-54 season that the Reds have lost six games at Anfield in a league campaign.
Liverpool stay seventh on 43 points, four points off fourth-placed Chelsea having played a game more. Fulham remain in the bottom three on 26 points after 28 games but now only trail 17th-placed Brighton & Hove Albion on goal difference.
Liverpool lost players to injury or illness for the most days
Jurgen Klopp's side have been without players due to injury and illness for 753 days more than tonight's opponents Chelsea - who have been least affected by fitness problems this campaign.The Reds left back, Andy Robertson, has claimed 'no team in the world' could cope with the amount of injuries Liverpool have sustained this term - and it looks like he has a point.
Juergen Klopp made seven changes to the Liverpool side that lost 1-0 at home to Chelsea on Thursday but it made little difference as Lemina outmuscled Mohamed Salah on the edge of the box to take possession before lashing home in the 45th minute.
Liverpool's fortunes were summed up when unmarked substitute Sadio Mane had a great opportunity to equalise in the 80th but mistimed his downward header and the opening came to nothing.
Klopp dismissed suggestions Fulham were more up for the game than his reigning champions, who have looked a shadow of the team that romped to the title last season.
"The winner is always right. My boys wanted it. It's easy to judge, they (Fulham) have won it, so wanted it more. I don’t think that’s the problem," he told Sky Sports before giving a more damning assessment in the post-match media conference.
VAR killing excitement, says Fulham boss Parker
VAR killing excitement, says Fulham boss ParkerTottenham took the lead in the 19th minute thanks to an own-goal by Tosin Adarabioyo, but Fulham thought they had equalised through Josh Maja before his effort was chalked off by VAR after Davinson Sanchez kicked the ball onto Mario Lemina's hand as the visitors looked to clear.
"It was not good enough. We conceded a goal, didn't score, lost the game, it was not good enough," he added.
Liverpool had the lion's share of the ball but yet again failed to convert possession into chacnes as Fulham's defence worked hard to prevent the home side from penetrating.
As Liverpool poured forward late on, Joachim Andersen threw himself to block a late Andy Robertson cross and, though the Reds earned a number of set pieces, Scott Parker's side held on to grab three valuable points in the battle against relegation.
"The second half, you don't plan it to go like that, but we showed another side to us - character, resilience and doggedness. I'm very proud of the team today," Parker told Sky Sports.
(Reporting by Philip O'Connor; Editing by Ken Ferris)
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Scoring in the 3-0 win over Fulham added gloss to another fine outing for Manchester City's John Stones, who wants England recognition.Pep Guardiola's side extended their lead at the Premier League summit to 17 points, with all three goals coming in the second half at Craven Cottage.