MO SALAH made the most of 13 seconds of madness to direct Liverpool to victory.
In those moments the need for VAR technology only became clearer after Aleksander Mitrovic was controversially denied an opener.
The big striker rose to meet Tom Cairney’s cross and slam his header beyond Alisson.
But the desperate Cottagers’ celebations were not just cut short by an offside flag.
Before they knew it Salah had tucked away his fifth goal in six games.
What made it all so much worse was that after Mitrovic’s effort had been ruled out goalkeeper Allison took the free kick with the ball still rolling.
He found Trent Alexander-Arnold who sent Anfield’s Egyptian king flying clear with Dennis Odoi’s attempt to play him offside failing.
TV replays later proved that Alisson’s free kick was against the rules while the evidence suggested that the left heel of Andy Robertson meant Mitrovic was onside as he headed into the net.
Salah’s 41st minute goal got Liverpool off the hook.
For while he had been denied twice by good saves from goalkeeper Sergio Rico Jurgen Klopp’s men were badly off the pace.
And Fulham should already have been ahead when Ryan Sessegnon found himself one-on-one with Alisson but panicked and shot wide.
The double whammy suffered by Slavisa Jokanovic’s rock bottom side flattened them.
And even if they barely raised their game after the break Liverpool still finished comfortable winners thanks to a fine finish from Xherdan Shaqiri in the 53rd minute.
While Klopp’s side got away with it the misery of Fulham’s return to the Premier League only deepened.
They have now equalled a club record of six straight Prem defeats set in 2001/02 and 2012/13 – both streaks included a loss against Liverpool.
The Cottagers arrived at Anfield having already equalled the Prem record of 29 goals conceded in first games.
Now they are only team in top four English divisions apart from Macclesfield – bottom of League Two – not to have kept a clean sheet in a league game this season.
Jokanovic may consider himself a “fantastic” coach but Pep Guardiola himself might struggle to deal with Fulham’s nightmare scenario.