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Errant Alisson bailed out by unflappable veteran James Milner | David Hytner

Liverpool’s title challenge was on the rocks for seven minutes late in the second half at Fulham, before their experienced midfielder spared the goalkeeper’s blushes

For seven minutes, it is no exaggeration to say that Liverpool’s title hopes hung in the balance. The alarm bells had started to ring from the moment that the substitute, James Milner, miscued high into the sky and Virgil van Dijk extended his arms, looked at his goalkeeper, Alisson, and wondered where he was. Alisson had been a virtual bystander up until the 74th minute, such was his team’s control but there he was – or wasn’t – when Van Dijk needed him the most.

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