James Milner scored a late penalty as Liverpool snatched a 2-1 win at relegation-threatened Fulham to return to the highest of the English Premier League.
Sadio Mane put Liverpool in entrance within the first half on Monday (NZT) however former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel equalised on 74 minutes after a mixup between Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson.
Then Mane was held again by Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico and Milner made no mistake from the spot 9 minutes from time.
The end result places Liverpool two factors away from Manchester Metropolis, although Metropolis have performed a recreation much less, whereas Fulham stay second-bottom, 13 factors from security with seven video games to go.
Van Dijk mentioned it was a large win, placing Liverpool again on prime going into the worldwide break.”
“We knew it was going to be a really powerful recreation,” the Dutchman mentioned.
“I believe we made it very troublesome for ourselves, we weren’t calm on the ball, we did not create too many choices for one another.
“With my mistake it made it much more thrilling for them, however in the long run we received the three factors. I ought to have headed higher (however) we go dwelling completely satisfied, prime of the league.”
When Babel rolled the ball into an empty internet, it appeared as if Liverpool have been about at hand Metropolis a large benefit within the title race.
However a mix of Mane’s fast reactions, a mistake by Rico and the cool head of Milner, a second-half substitute, noticed Liverpool to victory.
“The gaffer informed me to come back on and calm it down and the very first thing I do is slice it and put Virgil below stress which wasn’t ideally suited,” Milner mentioned. of his function in Babel’s objective.
“The objective was necessary to place away. It’s a must to return to what you practise, be calm and do what you do.”
Liverpool dominated possession all through however their final ball was missing, for essentially the most half.
The exception got here within the 26th minute when Mane fed Roberto Firmino inside the realm and the Brazilian’s pull-back discovered Mane, who slammed in his 11th objective in 11 video games and 20th of the season.
Because the match wore on, the stress rose and Fulham got here into the sport, forcing half-chances.
And when Babel chased a bungled clearance from Milner and noticed Van Dijk’s weak header, he gambled and beat Alisson to the ball to attain, although his celebrations have been muted.
However Liverpool stored going and when Rico dropped a Mo Salah shot, Mane was first to it, just for the goalkeeper to drag him again and Milner did the remaining.
Chelsea can go stage on factors in fourth in the event that they win at Everton within the day’s different match.
In the meantime, Brighton & Hove Albion have produced a surprising fightback, together with a heroic save from Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, to beat Millwall 5-Four on penalties to achieve the semifinals of the FA Cup.
Championship membership Millwall led 2-Zero after 88 minutes however Jurgen Locadia pulled one again and Solly March equalised deep into injury-time after a mistake by goalkeeper David Martin.
The 2 sides remained stage at 2-2 after extra-time and when Glenn Murray missed the opening penalty, Millwall have been favourites.
However Ryan saved one Millwall penalty after which noticed Jake Cooper hearth over the bar to ship Brighton by to a semifinal with Manchester Metropolis, whereas Wolves and Watford will contest the opposite.
“I believe that was what you name a correct cup tie,” Brighton supervisor Chris Hughton mentioned. “I did not assume we did properly sufficient early within the recreation, nevertheless it’s about character.
“At 2-Zero down, with the considered going out, we had a gaggle of gamers who determined that they desperately needed to remain on this competitors.”
Brighton, who reached the ultimate in 1983, appeared down and out as Millwall led 2-Zero with simply two minutes left of the 90.
Alex Pearce had headed Millwall in entrance on 70 minutes and Aiden O’Brien tapped in for the second 9 minutes later.
However Locadia gave them hope with a superb flip and shot and March then snatched an equaliser with a long-range shot, although goalkeeper Martin will rue letting the ball slip by his fingers.
Brighton had the ball within the internet late in extra-time however the objective was incorrectly dominated offside, whereas Shane Ferguson of Millwall was despatched off for a nasty stamp.
Murray hit the bar with Brighton’s first penalty and Millwall made no mistake with their first three to remain in entrance.
However Ryan saved together with his toes from Dale Stephens and after Brighton led 5-Four, Cooper flashed his kick over the bar.
“Once we missed the primary one, and their first one, second one, third one goes in, you assume it isn’t your day,” Hughton mentioned.
Brighton received the tough finish of the draw as they have been handed Manchester Metropolis at Wembley on April 6 or 7 however Hughton mentioned something is feasible.
“We now have a chance,” he mentioned.”They’re one of the best group within the nation, with Liverpool, however on the day we have now an opportunity. We’ll need to get the whole lot go our approach.”