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Liverpool player ratings vs Fulham: Trent Alexander-Arnold to the rescue! Reds' right-back leads finishing clinic but Caoimhin Kelleher fails to inspire confidence in seven-goal thriller

Trent Alexander-Arnold worked his magic to fire Liverpool to a 4-3 win against Fulham on Sunday. A cracking free-kick from the right-back opened the scoring for the Reds, sparking into gear what turned out to be an absolutely wild match. And just as it looked like the teams would have to settle for a draw, it was the England star who settled matters with another fine strike in the 88th minute.

While the Reds escaped with the three points, they will be concerned about the defensive issues that left them facing a shock 3-2 defeat until late on. Liverpool fans will be praying for the return of goalkeeper Alisson after watching Caoimhin Kelleher flounder as Fulham struck three times despite the home team's dominance.

After Alexander-Arnold's fantastic first goal, which will actually go down as a Bernd Leno own goal after it bounced down off the crossbar and in off the German's back, Alexis Mac Allister struck a truly wonderful shot to beat Leno from distance.

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Sadly for the duo, they were let down at the back as Fulham equalised first through Harry Wilson taking advantage of a defensive mess on Liverpool's part and then thanks to a Kenny Tete shot from close range. Kelleher looked bad on both goals - particularly the second - and was then left floundering as Bobby De Cordova-Reid headed in to give the away team the lead in the 80th minute.

Try as they might, the likes of Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz could not manage to find the all important goal in the second half. The Egyptian was excellent at creating danger for the Fulham defence but poor finishing from all three forwards scuppered their chances, and it fell to a fine goal from Wataru Endo to level it before Alexander-Arnold found the winner.

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