Premier League: Liverpool suffers sixth straight Anfield loss as Fulham wins 1-0

A solitary goal from Mario Lemina was enough as Fulham defeated home team Liverpool in a 2020-21 Premier League game to move level on points with Brighton.

Mario Lemina

Fulham's Mario Lemina celebrates scoring the winner against Liverpool on Sunday.   -  AP

Liverpool slumped to a sixth consecutive home Premier League defeat as it lost 1-0 to relegation-threatened Fulham after a first-half goal by Mario Lemina at Anfield on Sunday.

The defeat extends its record run of home losses in a row and marks the first time since the 1953-54 season that it has lost that many games at Anfield in a league campaign.

Liverpool stays seventh on 43 points, four points off fourth-placed Chelsea having played a game more. Fulham remains in the bottom three on 26 points after 28 games but now only trails 17th-placed Brighton & Hove Albion on goal difference.

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Jurgen Klopp made seven changes to the Liverpool side that lost 1-0 at home to Chelsea on Thursday but it made little difference as Lemina outmuscled Mohamed Salah on the edge of the box to take possession before lashing home in the 45th minute.

Liverpool's fortunes were summed up when unmarked substitute Sadio Mane had a great opportunity to equalise in the 80th but mistimed his downward header and the opening came to nothing.

The hosts had the lion's share of the ball but yet again they failed to convert it into scoring opportunities as Fulham's defence worked hard to prevent them from penetrating.

As Liverpool poured forward late on, Joachim Andersen threw himself to block a late Andy Robertson cross and, though the Reds earned a number of set pieces, Scott Parker's side held on to grab three valuable points in the battle against relegation.

"The second half, you don't plan it to go like that, but we showed another side to us - character, resilience and doggedness. I'm very proud of the team today," Parker told Sky Sports.

Other result: Kane and Bale fire Tottenham to 4-1 win over Palace

Two goals apiece from Harry Kane and Gareth Bale helped a resurgent Tottenham Hotspur to beat Crystal Palace 4-1 and move into sixth spot in the Premier League.

The on-loan Bale provided more evidence that he has rediscovered his spark with Tottenham's first and second goals either side of Christian Benteke's equaliser on the stroke of halftime.

But he was outshone by the magnificent Kane who ended with two goals and two assists.

Kane's first goal, which put Tottenham 3-1 ahead shortly after halftime, was a sublime curler from distance and his second was a tap-in before he was substituted.

Tottenham's third successive league win lifted them above Liverpool and West Ham with 45 points from 27 games, two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea who play Everton on Monday.

Palace's first defeat in four games left them in 13th place with 34 points from 28 games, eight points above third-from-bottom Fulham.

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