Fulham 2 Liverpool 2 (Mitrovic 32’, 72’ pen | Nunez 64’)
CRAVEN COTTAGE – Liverpool had been second-best for almost all in their Premier League opener however nonetheless got here clear of newly-promoted Fulham with a hard earned level.
Fulham, three times promoted and two times relegated prior to now 5 years, are out to shake off this yo-yo tag, however may rarely have requested for a more difficult get started of their challenge to sit up for multiple season.
“So, let’s have amusing!” declared Fulham chairman Shahid Khan in his matchday programme notes, on most sensible of wishing his departing avid gamers smartly – together with Fabio Carvalho – and alluring their 5 new arrivals at Craven Cottage.
And whilst one such signing, Andreas Pereira, used to be central to Fulham’s rapid get started, it used to be closing season’s 43-goal striker Aleksandar Mitrovic who spurned an excellent probability within a minute, choosing the outdoor of the boot sooner than staring at his shot float wider and wider from Alisson’s a long way submit.
But doubts over whether or not he may make his mark within the Premier League lasted all of 32 mins as Mitrovic headed Fulham right into a deserved lead, all whilst Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson used to be down clutching his left foot after apparently being fouled by way of Joao Palhinha.
Jurgen Klopp seemed vexed, however Fulham’s fanatics had been in dreamland as their facet held onto their benefit going into half-time after Luis Diaz hit the submit.
Liverpool may rarely had been sloppier within the first 1/2, and after the spoil it took Klopp all of 5 mins sooner than introducing Darwin Nunez to the fold instead of Roberto Firmino.
It used to be Fulham who had the following probability, alternatively, with Neeskens Kebano millimetres clear of scoring their moment as his strike hit the interior of the a long way submit and by some means stayed out.
Nunez then had the audacity to take a look at two flicks in a question of mins. The first, stored by way of Marek Rodak, apparently pissed off teammate Mohamed Salah – who would have most popular the Uruguayan to show the ball in – however come the second one try Liverpool had been celebrating an equaliser, with Nunez getting the general necessary contact.
Despite Liverpool upping the ante, it used to be Fulham who went forward once more from the spot, with Mitrovic deemed to had been fouled by way of Virgil van Dijk sooner than slotting house the penalty.
The drama wasn’t over, even though, and Liverpool had their moment equaliser when Tim Ream’s header discovered Nunez, who had the straightforward process of squaring it to Salah for the tap-in. That’s the way it stayed, however simplest after Henderson hit the bar in damage time, and general it made for 2 dropped issues for Liverpool, when actually – given their efficiency – it used to be one level received.
Fulham participant scores
Marek Rodak – Wasn’t to grasp Robertson used to be offside when making a powerful save early on, and may do little to forestall either one of Liverpool’s targets. 6/10
Kenny Tete – Booked after 17 mins for a past due take on of Diaz, that means he used to be dwelling dangerously for the rest of the fit. 6/10
Tosin – Towering presence on the again for Fulham, however a sloppy cross virtually helped Liverpool ranking an equaliser at the hour-mark. 6/10
Tim Ream – A fan favorite, and endeared himself to the group with clearance after clearance after clearance. At fault for Liverpool’s moment target, alternatively, heading it again to Nunez. 7/10
Antonee Robinson – Tasked with maintaining a tally of Salah, and were given in a very important header to disclaim (virtually) everybody’s Fantasy Premier League captain within the first 1/2. 7/10
Harrison Reed – Confident advancing with the ball and had one in every of Fulham’s excellent probabilities of the primary 1/2, which used to be blocked by way of Robertson. 6/10
Joao Palhinha – New signing from Sporting, liked heading any ball that got here close to him, and noticed an try deflect huge halfway during the first 1/2. 8/10
Bobby De Cordova-Reid – Involved within the motion from the off, and posed a risk to Alexander-Arnold down the best. 7/10
Andreas Pereira – After a spate of mortgage spells clear of Manchester United, Pereira made the everlasting transfer to Fulham closing month and is going immediately into their beginning line-up. 8/10
Neeskens Kebano – Whipped in a perilous go as Fulham persisted to threaten within the first 1/2. Then hit the interior of the submit when virtually doubling Fulham’s lead. 7/10
Aleksandr Mitrovic – Spurned an early probability within a minute, however made amends when emerging above Alexander-Arnold to open his account for the season and raise the roof off Craven Cottage. 8/10
Manor Solomon – Second 1/2 sub for Kebano. 6/10
Tom Cairney – n/a
Shane Duffy – n/a
Liverpool participant scores
Alisson Becker – Quiet afternoon and may do little to stop Fulham from scoring with their first shot heading in the right direction. 6/10
Trent Alexander-Arnold – Sloppy cross proficient Mitrovic an enormous early probability, and later within the first 1/2 used to be no fit for Fulham’s No 9, who were given the easier of Alexander-Arnold within the air to move within the opener. Improved in the second one 1/2, and his go helped Liverpool ranking their moment. 5/10
Joel Matip – With Ibrahima Konate out injured, an opportunity for Matip to have a run within the group. Sloppy from time to time in ownership, alternatively. 6/10
Virgil van Dijk – Did little fallacious during the fit, and no longer at fault for both target. 6/10
Andy Robertson – Blocked Reed’s effort moments sooner than Mitrovic gave Fulham the lead. 6/10
Fabinho – Off the boil within the first 1/2 because it changed into transparent this midfield trio wasn’t running. 5/10
Jordan Henderson – Went down beneath a problem from Palhinha and used to be at the flooring clutching his left foot as Fulham scored their opener. Jurgen Klopp used to be left confused with replays appearing Palhinha trod on Henderson’s foot. Almost scored the winner when his injury-time roller struck the bar. 5/10
Thiago – Arguably the select of Liverpool’s beginning midfielders, discovered his vary early on and virtually assisted Diaz within the first 1/2. 6/10
Luis Diaz – Hit the submit sooner than half-time as Liverpool looked for an equaliser. 5/10
Roberto Firmino – Arguably a marvel began forward of Nunez, and did little to spice up his probabilities of conserving down that spot after a quiet fit sooner than being changed by way of Nunez early in the second one 1/2. 4/10
Mohamed Salah – Cut a pissed off determine for massive portions of the fit, repeatedly smothered when at the ball, understandably, however were given at the scoresheet when Nunez laid it on a plate. 6/10
Darwin Nunez – An early second-half creation, changing Firmino. Arguably will have to have shot when opting to play the ball throughout target, however moments after seeing one flick stored, a moment try discovered the online, after Tosin’s contact performed it onto Nunez’s heel. Looked a risk within the air after which were given the help when enjoying it over to Salah. Will for sure get started from right here on in. 8/10
Harvey Elliott – Replaced the injured Thiago. 6/10
James Milner – Came on for Fabinho simply sooner than the hour-mark. 6/10
Fabio Carvalho – On for Diaz with quarter-hour ultimate. A heat reception from the Fulham fanatics.Fired an opportunity over the bar moments after approaching. 6/10