Liverpool make hard work of victory over struggling Fulham

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(Reuters) – Goals by Mo Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri took Liverpool from third place to the top of the Premier League for a couple of hours at least with a 2-0 victory over bottom club Fulham at Anfield on Sunday.

They moved above the other two unbeaten teams, Manchester City and Chelsea, who were both playing home games later on Sunday.

Juergen Klopp’s side made hard work of it for 40 minutes, however, and could easily have fallen behind.

Just before halftime the visitors’ Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic had a headed goal disallowed for offside by the closest of margins.

Liverpool immediately counter-attacked and Salah went clear to open the scoring.

Shaqiri’s side-footed volley after 53 minutes doubled the lead, pushing Fulham towards a sixth successive Premier League defeat, which equals a club record.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Fulham - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - November 11, 2018 Liverpool's Sadio Mane REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Fulham - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - November 11, 2018 Fulham's Sergio Rico and Liverpool's Alisson after the match Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Fulham - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - November 11, 2018 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk in action with Fulham's Alfie Mawson REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Fulham - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - November 11, 2018 Liverpool's Fabinho attempts to block a shot from Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Fulham - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - November 11, 2018 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold in action REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Fulham - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - November 11, 2018 Liverpool's Joe Gomez in action with Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Fulham - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - November 11, 2018 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in action with Fulham's Calum Chambers REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Fulham - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - November 11, 2018 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in action REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Fulham - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - November 11, 2018 Fulham's Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa in action with Liverpool's Fabinho Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Fulham - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - November 11, 2018 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in action with Fulham's Maxime Le Marchand and Alfie Mawson REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

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