Premier League explanation after Trent Alexander-Arnold was denied Liverpool goal vs Fulham

Liverpool vice captain Trent Alexander-Arnold thought he opened the scoring for Liverpool with one of the strikes of the season vs Fulham on Sunday afternoon.

Alexander-Arnold’s goal was later awarded as a Bernd Leno own-goal, after a ruling from the Premier League adjudication panel.

The Reds broke the deadlock during the first half through a superb curling free-kick from the 25-year-old. From the right side of the penalty area, Alexander-Arnold whipped the effort over the wall which cannoned in off the bar.

It would have been his second in as many games, after his equaliser in the draw vs Manchester City, but the set-piece appeared to cannon off the back of the former Arsenal shot-stopper.

However, midway through the second-half it was ruled that the effort was an own-goal for the German goalkeeper.

In a post on the Premier League website, the reasoning behind the decision was that “the ball came back of the bar and hit the ‘keeper before crossing the line.”

Alexander-Arnold’s strike was one of two fantastic goals for Jurgen Klopp’s side during the opening 45 on Sunday. Summer signing, Alexis Mac Allister, opened his account for the Reds with an outstanding volley.

But poor defending from the Reds allowed the South London club to peg the hosts back twice, firstly through Harry Wilson before Kenny Tete’s cancelled out Mac Allister’s magnificent strike.

It’s a disappointing development for Alexander-Arnold as he thought he added to his growing collection of superb set-piece efforts.

Already in his portfolio, the academy graduate has superb efforts against Chelsea and Crystal Palace – during the title-winning season – as well as a first Champions League goal vs Hoffenheim during qualification in 2017.



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