Mohamed Salah scores in Liverpool win over ‘frustrated’ Fulham

Mohamed Salah capitalized on some quick thinking by Liverpool to maintain his impressive scoring record at Anfield in a 2-0 win over back-markers Fulham. (AFP)
Updated 11 November 2018

Mohamed Salah scores in Liverpool win over ‘frustrated’ Fulham

LIVERPOOL: Mohamed Salah capitalized on some quick thinking by Liverpool to maintain his impressive scoring record at Anfield in a 2-0 win over back-markers Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.
Straight after Fulham had seen a goal disallowed for offside, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson took a quick free kick to find right back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who played in Salah to race in on goal and open the scoring in the 41st minute.
There were just 14 seconds between the flag being raised for offside and Salah finding the net at the other end of the field.
Xherdan Shaqiri scored the other goal in the 53rd minute, a cushioned volley into the corner from Andrew Robertson’s deep cross, as unbeaten Liverpool won for the ninth time in its opening 12 games.
And Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp remained coy about the disallowed goal in his after-match interview.
“It’s a good result and we have 30 points — that’s perfect. I only saw it once (Fulham’s offside ‘goal’), maybe it was offside, but we scored a good first goal and our second was brilliant.
“I expected this kind of game. It was harder but Fulham have a lot of quality and changed their approach. They didn’t give us any chance to press them and made life a little bit uncomfortable.”
Meanwhile, Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic could not hide the frustration of his side after the decision and wants VAR introduced into the Premier League as a result.
“I’ve checked the clips and (Andrew) Robertson didn’t squeeze up.
“This kind of decision has to be 100%. I understand it can sometimes be complicated. Many fouls are coming from the stand now.
“We showed some sign of improvement. We need to be brave. This game is behind us and we must look forward. We are frustrated after this kind of result. We must keep going and try and find a solution for our situation.”
While Salah could yet match his prolific scoring from last season, when he finished as the league’s top scorer with 32 goals, he is just part of Klopp’s project which has turned Liverpool into an irresistible force and in the mix to become English champions for a 19th time — for the first time since 1990.


Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova to clash in US Open first round blockbuster

Updated 22 August 2019

Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova to clash in US Open first round blockbuster

  • Williams has dominated the Russian star in their head-to-head rivalry
  • Sharapova advanced by walkover against Williams in the fourth round at Roland Garros last year

NEW YORK: Serena Williams will begin her quest for a seventh US Open title and record-tying 24th Grand Slam victory against long-time rival Maria Sharapova in the US Open women’s singles draw unveiled Thursday.
Williams has dominated the Russian star in their head-to-head rivalry, winning 19 times with only two defeats, including their past 18 meetings, most recently at the 2016 Australian Open quarter-finals, although Sharapova advanced by walkover against Williams in the fourth round at Roland Garros last year.
Eighth-ranked Williams is looking to match the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles won by Margaret Court when the year’s final major championship gets under way Monday.
The 37-year-old American has dropped her past three Grand Slam finals appearances, including last month to Simona Halep at Wimbledon and last year to Japan’s Naomi Osaka at the US Open after a controversial game penalty for her tirade at umpire Carlos Ramos.
Tournament officials have said Ramos will not work any matches involving Serena or Venus Williams, who could not face her sister until the semifinals, being in the same draw quarter as Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova.
Serena was placed into the same quarter as Australian second seed Ashleigh Barty, the reigning French Open champion whose first match is against 77th-ranked Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.
Top-seeded Osaka opens against Russia’s 93rd-ranked Anna Blinkova and could face a third-round date against 15-year-old American Coco Gauff, who eliminated Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon in a run to the last 16 in her Grand Slam debut.
Romania’s fourth-seeded Halep, coming off her second Grand Slam title, opens against a qualifier and could face a semifinal against Osaka, who defends a Slam crown for the first time.
“I’m looking forward to the experience,” Osaka said. “Everyone knows I love it here.”
Osaka retired in the third set of a quarter-final match at Cincinnati with a left knee injury but said Thursday she expects no problems with playing at the US Open.
“It’s geting better. I’m a fast healer,” Osaka said. “I’m here and I feel like I’ll be able to play.”
Osaka said while she might watch players who are unfamiliar, she isn’t one to analyze the draw beyond her next opponent.
“I like to know what that one person I’m playing is,” she said. “I like to focus my attention on that one.”
Pliskova, who lost her only Grand Slam final to Germany’s Angelique Kerber at the 2016 US Open, plays her first match against a qualifier.
Venus Williams, 39, won the 2000 and 2001 US Opens but hasn’t won a Slam since her fifth Wimbledon title in 2008. She opens against China’s Zheng Saisai and could meet fifth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the second round.