August 6, 2022, 2:44 PM
August 6, 2022, 2:44 PM
It was presented as an easy start to the season, but Liverpool’s visit to Fulham on Saturday (2-2) almost ended in defeat: Aleksandar Mitrovic put the locals ahead on two occasions in a game that changed with the entry of Uruguayan Darwin Núñez.
The Serbian signed a brace (32 and 72 penalties), but the ‘Reds’ managed to recover thanks to Núñez (64, 1-1) and the Egyptian Mohamed Salah (2-2)assisted by the Uruguayan.
“The best thing about the game was the result,” lamented Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp. “We got a point in a very bad game,” the coach continued.
The first minutes of the match passed under the control of Fulham, that threatened the goal of the Brazilian Alisson Becker. A cross from the Dutchman Kenny Tete found Mitrovic, who beat his mark to open the scoring (1-0).
Before the break, Liverpool was able to equalize thanks to a shot from Colombian Luis Díaz (39), which crashed into the goalpost defended by the Slovakian Marek Rodak.
In the second half, the Spanish-Brazilian Thiago Alcántara demanded the assistance of the Liverpool medical team and was finally replaced by Harvey Elliot (51). Jurgen Klopp took the opportunity to He will also replace the Brazilian Roberto Firmino, starter in the ‘Red’ attack, for the newcomer Darwin Núñez.
Less than fifteen minutes later, the Uruguayan had already made his debut in the Premier League. After a first shot was saved from point-blank range by Rodak, a filtered pass from James Milner connected with Núñez who this time did manage to pierce the local goal (1-1).
– ‘We didn’t deserve more’ –
With Liverpool more concerned about the rival goal than their own, Mitrovic stood in the ‘Red’ area and was shot down by the Dutchman Virgil van Dijk, an action that ended with a penalty that the Serbian himself converted (72, 2-1).
Again behind on the scoreboard but more incisive in attack, Núñez received a ball in the area that he gave to Salah to score the final tie (2-2). This is the sixth consecutive Premier League season in which the Egyptian has managed to score on matchday one.
Both Fulham’s Congolese Neeskens Kebano (57) and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson (90+5) made powerful shots that hit the posts and that they could have decanted the party towards one of the two sides.
“The result is fine, I don’t think we deserved more than that. Performance can be greatly improved,” Klopp summed up.
The team coached by Klopp, which last year was one point behind champion Manchester City in the English championship, The season starts leaving two units at Fulham’s house, a team that could fight for permanence and for whom the point obtained against the ‘Reds’ is worth its weight in gold.
“We have to respect Liverpool but above all do our job and trust ourselves,” Fulham manager, Portuguese Marco Silva, said. “We had a great first half, practically perfect because of how we controlled and defended. In the second half we were at their level,” said Silva.
After their victory against Crystal Palace (2-0) on Friday, Arsenal provisionally lead the Premier League.