Liverpool vs Fulham: Silky Virgil van Dijk nutmegs for fun

Another success for the Shaqiri system winners & losers from Liverpool 2-0 Fulham

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But it appears the Swiss playmaker's absence was keenly felt in the 2-0 defeat against Red Star in the Champions League last week and he was recalled to the side for the victory over Fulham yesterday.

In the past three weeks - amid a benign run of fixtures for Klopp's side - Shaqiri has set up the victor for Mohamed Salah at Huddersfield with a slide-rule pass behind the defense, scored a well-taken and importantly timed goal at home to Cardiff, and then netted Liverpool's second goal in the 2-0 win over Fulham on Sunday.

Liverpool continued to press, with Fabinho's fine diagonal headed over by Alexander-Arnold, while Salah's powerful drive from a narrow angle was turned away by Rico.

City have dropped just four points so far and - like Liverpool and Chelsea - are undefeated heading into the latest worldwide break.

Shaqiri twice messed up shots from good positions and the home side's profligacy should really have been punished, with Ryan Sessegnon dragging wide when clean through on goal before Alisson nearly parried an Andre Schurrle shot into his path.

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Virgil van Dijk's positivity after Sunday's 2-0 win over Fulham did not cloud his perspective on the competition at the top of the Premier League.

Xherdan Shaqiri added to the lead after 53 minutes when he volleyed home a deep cross by Andrew Robertson.

What does it mean?

Van Dijk is surely the first name on Jurgen Klopp's team-sheet these days, considering his importance to the side.

Prior to the disallowed goal, Ryan Sessegnon missed a great chance to put the visitors ahead when he fired wide after being put through by Mitrovic's flick. They remain bottom, two points behind Huddersfield Town.

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Fulham did not give up and were better defensively than in recent matches.

"We scored a clearer goal, which was not offside, and didn't get it".

- Fulham have conceded 31 goals from their first 12 Premier League games this season; only Barnsley in 1997-98 conceded more goals at this stage of a Premier League campaign (35).

In six league games at home, Salah has scored in five of them - the only blank coming against title rival Manchester City.

- Mohamed Salah has scored against 19 of the 21 Premier League opponents he's faced with Liverpool, failing only against Man Utd and Swansea.

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