Premier League week 31

Liverpool regain the lead on top of the Premier League with two points in front of Man City [76 to 74 points] but with one more match played. 

The Reds had to fight off Fulham’s comeback to come out with the win 2-1 thanks to a late penalty converted by Milner.

Mané’s host streak

The Senegalese has scored three important goals this week including two in the Champions League in Munich and the opening goal against a soon to be relegated Fulham side. He has now tallied 20 goals in all competitions including 17 in the Premier League this season.

Liverpool coach, Klopp, comments on the win:

“We started better and then we lost the rhythm a little bit because of two things. Fulham are a really good football-playing side; I saw the last two games, and over the season I saw a few more, but I had to watch the last two games more intensely. They are a really good football-playing team, in the moment without getting really dangerous in front of goal. It means they play around and we have to run a lot, in a week where you played on Wednesday. For us, it would be easier if we’d had more chances to win the ball. You cannot win the ball because they just play around. You have to only close the gaps until they make a mistake or you win the ball one time.

After they got the equaliser, we were again much clearer than we were before the equaliser. So, all good, a good reaction. Not a perfect football game but, in a difficult week for us, a sensational result. 

t’s the best position you can be in. For us, it was clear, it is always clear. City don’t look like they’ll drop a lot of points, so we have to win and to win and to win. That’s our job to do. They don’t play today, we knew that, but now they have a game in hand. That doesn’t mean we are now far away from them or something like this. It is very important that we won today. I think you could see it in our reaction after the game. We are really all very, very happy about it.

The most important thing now is they all come back healthy again. For quite a lot of players they will come up against quite an intense time, two games for most of them and then we start immediately against Tottenham. An interesting game against a really good football team. Nothing is decided, all we can make sure is we stay in the race – and we want to stay in the race. Today we showed that, so all good.”