Liverpool’s first-day defeat at Fulham is averted by Darwin Nunez
In the final 10 minutes, Mohamed Salah was set up by Darwin Nunez to score the equalizer after the score had been tied at 1.
In a thrilling start to their Premier League campaign on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp acknowledged Liverpool deserved no better than a 2-2 draw against recently promoted Fulham.
The imposing hosts took the lead twice thanks to Aleksandar Mitrovic, but Darwin Nunez made his Premier League debut off the bench and had a significant impact.
The Uruguayan, who joined Liverpool in a deal worth up to 100 million euros ((dollar)102 million) with Benfica, flicked home to tie the score at 1-1 and then set up Mohamed Salah for an equalizer 10 minutes from time.
In what was billed as an early showdown between the two title contenders, Liverpool had won the Community Shield by defeating Manchester City to get the season off to a winning start.
However, the Reds were penalized for a lackluster performance in the opening hour with what might turn out to be a costly two-point loss.
The outcome of the game, in Klopp’s opinion, was the best part.
We managed to win a point in a really bad game.
I thought the outcome was adequate and that was all we deserved.
The performance could be greatly enhanced.
Mitrovic gave Liverpool an early warning when he stabbed just wide in the opening minute of the previous season, when Fulham romped to the Championship title, scoring 43 goals in as many games.
The visitors were finally punished on minute 32 when Mitrovic outmuscled Trent Alexander-Arnold at the back post to head in Kenny Tete’s cross, much to Klopp’s chagrin on the sidelines.
Marco Silva, the Fulham manager, stated that while doing our jobs and having confidence in ourselves, we must respect Liverpool.
The way we controlled the ball and blocked shots was almost flawless in the first half.
We were equal in the second half.
Before the half, Liverpool showed signs of life when Luis Diaz struck the post from a tight angle.
The Champions League finalists didn’t start to pose a constant threat, though, until Nunez’s imposing presence was introduced.
When Nunez was caught in possession and the ball was passed to Neeskens Kebano, who shot off the inside of the post, Fulham came within a whisker of doubling their advantage. Nunez was at fault.
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