Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool may have got lucky during their 2-0 win against Fulham, but he felt they deserved the victory. Ryan Sessegnon spurned a great chnace to put the Cottagers ahead when clean through midway through the first half, before a pivotal 14 seconds four minutes before the break swung the game in the Reds’ favour.
Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic saw his header chalked off due to a marginal offside decision and Liverpool went straight down the other end to take the lead through Mohamed Salah.
Television replays suggested Maxime Le Marchand was the most advanced man, but he made no attempt to challenge for Andre Schurrle’s cross while Mitrovic may have been played fractionally onside by Reds defender Andy Robertson.
To compound Fulham’s grievance, Alisson Becker’s free-kick appeared to be still rolling when the Liverpool goalkeeper launched the counter-attack for Salah’s goal.
Xherdan Shaqiri made sure of the points just after the break but it was the opening goal which proved to be crucial.
Afterwards, Klopp said: “I don’t want to compare it but we scored a clearer goal against Arsenal which we didn’t get.
“You cannot change it, the most important thing is reacting that quick in that situation and it was brilliant: Alisson, Trent (Alexander-Arnold), Mo and done. “It is very important you have these situations in your locker that you can use it.
“In the end we were a bit lucky and maybe because of Robbo it is not 100 per cent offside because of his heel. We cannot change it, Fulham cannot change it. “Apart from scoring more goals it was a really good performance. Fulham always have the quality to cause problems. We had to work hard, we won it. All good.”
Midfielders Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson both returned from hamstring injuries as substitutes and Klopp said he was happy for both to now go away on international duty.