Liverpool rallies twice against newly promoted Fulham to preserve a tie.
With a late equaliser,
Mohamed Salah saved Liverpool from disgrace as the defending Premier League champions were beaten to a 2-2 draw against newly promoted Fulham in their league debut.
HIGHLIGHTS AND GOALS : Fulham 2-2 Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp’s team has found it challenging to defeat them.
To offset Aleksandar Mitrovic’s two goals, Liverpool had to come from behind twice.
The Serbian striker, who has a famously difficult time scoring in the top league,
had no signs of any problems against the Reds and scored his first goal of the season in the 32nd minute.
Just after the hour mark,
Darwin Nunez scored a wonderful improvised backheel to tie the score. A Mitrovic penalty, though, gave the home team the advantage once more.
Salah, however, was then set up by Nunez with just under 10 minutes left to play,
and he calmly tucked Liverpool‘s important equaliser away.
As Liverpool first struggled to get going and string passes together before being caught on the break,
the warning flags were there for Klopp.
Even though the Reds got into the game,
it was far from a composed display,
and Fulham looked nothing like the team that conceded 10 goals in its first three Premier League games of 2020–21.
With Kenny Tete overlapping Neeskens Kebano,
the Cottagers made a deft play down the left,
and Mitrovic outmuscled Trent Alexander-Arnold to head the ball beyond Alisson at the far post.
A few minutes later,
Liverpool came close to equalising when Diaz’s attempted chip from inside the box flew past Rodak but rebounded off the post.
Thiago Alcantara pulled up early in the second half and had to be replaced,
leaving the field holding his hamstring. Klopp already had a significant injury problem going into the game.
Kebano nearly scored Fulham’s second goal early in the second half,
but his shot bounced off the inside of the post. Bobby Decordova-curling Reid’s effort from the next corner was stopped by Alisson.
Nunez attempted to find Diaz at the far post,
but Joao Palhinha intercepted his delivery as Liverpool showed signs of determination.
Nunez equalised after Liverpool seized a brief window of opportunity to make his Premier League debut.
Harvey Elliott had set Salah up on the flank, and he crossed the ball for Nunez,
who backheeled it into the goal. After a quick VAR check for offside, the goal was upheld.
Nowadays, in the current era that Jurgen Klopp‘s Liverpool have contributed to,
it takes almost 100 points to win the Premier League,
and the German will be the best person to understand how important each and every result is in this taxing division.
Liverpool has such high standards that any tie seems like a loss.
Particularly when it involves Fulham, a team that many believed would be fresh meat for Liverpool to consume. The great Aleksandar Mitrovic delivered the first two hits to Liverpool’s defence this year,
but the freshly promoted team proved to be far too difficult for the visitors.
Speaks Jurgen Klopp
The fact that we managed to win despite a truly horrible performance on our part was the game’s best aspect.
Since we played right into their hands from the beginning with the wrong mindset,
it will be challenging to make amends. When we did get some guidance,
we probably stood a better chance.
There is a great deal of room for development. We began the game in the exact opposite manner from how we had intended.
Though it would have been a little too much today, we could have won.
The 2022–23 season gets underway with a starting lineup that is both cosy and well-known. Klopp chose the usual back five. The starting front three were Luis Daz,
Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino, with Thiago Alcantara,
Jordan Henderson, and Fabinho making up the midfield.
The host team got out to a stronger start, controlling most of the possessions,
and appearing to be the most dangerous. While Liverpool initially appeared to be slower to wake up,
newly promoted Fulham were able to recognise the occasion with ease.
Liverpool experiences their first spark of inspiration at the 13 minute mark as they launch a counterattack. Andy Robertson was offside in the buildup,
thus even though Daz scored,
the goal was disallowed.
Both teams failed to score that opening goal as the game continued.
The fact that the two clubs were evenly balanced was favourable for Fulham but unfavourable for Liverpool. Surprisingly,
Fulham scored first this time. In the 33rd minute,
Mitrovic jumped over Trent Alexander-Arnold to score a header.
Dáz appeared the most probable Liverpool player to score throughout the first half,
and five minutes after the initial goal,
he came close to tying the score. His wide-range curling attempt clanged off the far post and returned out rather than into the goal.
By the time the halftime whistle rang,
Liverpool appeared to be in dire need of a wake-up call.
We can only hope that Klopp’s comments in the dressing room inspired the team to play to their maximum potential.
As the second half began, neither team had made any substitutions,
but Darwin Nez was warming up to the side. The clubs each had five substitutions,
and the Reds were obliged to use one right away after the break as Thiago worrisomely gripped his hamstring.
On the 50th minute, there was a double substitution,
with Nez replacing Firmino and Harvey Elliott replacing the injured Thiago.
Elliott was extremely fortunate. He slipped on the turf and a Fulham player grabbed the ball from his toes. The break, however,
was in vain since Alisson snatched the ball with ease.
In a thrilling opening to the Premier League season on Saturday,
LIVERPOOL TWICE HAD TO OVERCOME LEADING DEFENSES AGAINST NEWLY PROMOTED FULHAM TO SAVE A 2-2 DRAWN.
The impressive hosts took the lead twice thanks to Aleksandar Mitrovic,
but Darwin Nunez, who came on as a substitute, had a significant influence on his Premier League debut.
The Uruguayan, who joined Liverpool from Benfica in a deal for up to €100 million, clipped home to tie the score at 1-1 before setting up Mohamed Salah for an equaliser 10 minutes from time.
In a 2-2 draw against Fulham, Liverpool started out horribly but got better as the game went on. Sloppy performances were interspersed with some game-altering cameos.
Alisson returned to the goalkeeping position three and a half weeks after his single preseason appearance and replaced Adrian after recovering from an abdominal injury.
There was little evidence that the Brazilian lacked focus, and Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header in the first half was not his fault.
swam in the proper direction to earn Mitrovic a penalty, which he duly took.