James Milner rescues Liverpool after rare Virgil van Dijk and Alisson blunder


Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with Trent Alexander-Arnold after the match against Fulham, March 17, 2019.

Collymore does reference the good work that Klopp has done in terms of lifting the mood around Anfield but that can not be swept aside if Manchester City sneak the Premier League and Liverpool fail to win the Champions League. First half we did that.

Mane has been in scintillating form for Jurgen Klopp's title-chasing Reds recently, with his goal against Fulham on Sunday making it 20 for the season and 11 from his last 11 outings across all competitions.

It is hard to see them getting points from this game unless Liverpool get the basics wrong.

Many believe Manchester City will cross the line ahead of the Reds as the Sky Blues have bags of experience of winning the league title in recent years.

But they almost suffered a very costly European hangover against a Fulham side still 13 points adrift of safety. I think he's a great player and he's important for our country.

Mane scored his ninth league goal in as many games when he fired the visitors into a 26th-minute lead with a classy finish which typified Liverpool's attacking mentality under Klopp.

They had given as good as they got in the opening 25 minutes, with Jean Seri curling over from a good position and Babel industrious in his determination to produce against his former club.

Mane scored twice in Munich in midweek and took his hot streak to 11 goals in 11 games with a simple finish after exchanging passes with Roberto Firmino.

It was Mane's seventh goal in the last five games and that run has been well timed considering Mohamed Salah's now seven-game drought.

But Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico handed Liverpool a lifeline when he dragged Mane down in the box with 10 minutes remaining - and Milner slammed home the penalty.