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Premier League: Trent Alexander-Arnold scores late as Liverpool win thriller

Former Red Harry Wilson equalises four minutes later before Alexis Mac Allister restores Liverpool’s lead after 38 minutes with a stunning long-range strike

Our Bureau Liverpool Published 04.12.23, 09:54 AM
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Liverpool scored two late goals a minute apart, including Trent Alexander-Arnold’s winner in the 88th minute, in their breathless 4-3 victory over Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.

Trailing 3-2 in the 87th minute, Liverpool equalised as Wataru Endo scored his first Premier League goal and seconds later Alexander-Arnold completed the turnaround.

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Alexander-Arnold had helped Liverpool open the scoring in the 20th minute when his free-kick ricocheted off the crossbar and in off Fulham keeper Bernd Leno.

Former Red Harry Wilson equalised four minutes later before Alexis Mac Allister restored Liverpool’s lead after 38 minutes with a stunning long-range strike.

Kenny Tete netted Fulham’s second equaliser in first-half injury time and Bobby De Cordova-Reid headed the Cottagers into the lead in the 80th minute.

Fulham had looked set to end Liverpool’s 13-month unbeaten home record in the Premier League. Instead, the Reds kept up their perfect record at Anfield this season.

No team has won more points from losing positions (15) than Liverpool in the league this season. Not only did Jurgen Klopp’s side pull off a heart-racing comeback, they did it with four brilliant strikes. Marco Silva’s side stayed 14th.

Fernandez shines

First Chelsea league goals from Enzo Fernandez and Levi Colwill earned the 10-man home side a 3-2 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at a rain-sodden Stamford Bridge.

World Cup-winning Argentine Fernandez headed home a neat overhead kick from defender Benoit Badiashile in the 17th minute and Colwill, on loan at Brighton last season, made it two four minutes later from a Nicolas Jackson headed pass.

Chelsea looked in charge but Brighton pulled one back two minutes from half-time through a curling shot by Facundo Buonanotte and then the home side had captain Conor Gallagher sent off on the stroke of half-time for a second yellow card after a sliding tackle on former Chelsea teammate Billy Gilmour.

Brighton pressed Chelsea in numbers at the start of the second half but substitute James Milner could not keep up with Mykhailo Mudryk on the counter and brought him down.

After a six-minute delay for a VAR check, Fernandez scored his second from the penalty spot in the 65th minute. Brighton’s Joao Pedro made sure of a nervy final few minutes of time added on when he scored with a glancing header in the second minute of added time.

West Ham United scored early but were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Crystal Palace.

The Hammers remained ninth in the standings, on 21 points, as they failed to take advantage of Brighton’s defeat, while Palace moved up to 12th on 16 points.

With inputs from Reuters

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