Darwin Núñez opened with a aim, but Liverpool drew with Fulham
Playing away to reigning English second-tier champions Fulham, Liverpool couldn’t handle greater than a 2-2 attract a match marked by the brilliance of every group’s prime scorers: Mitrovic, dwelling aspect; and Premier League debut Darwin Núñez, from the guests’ aspect.
Fulham impressed with their aggressive perspective and stored Liverpool at bay within the first half once they made it 1-0 by way of Mitrovic. In the second half, Darwin Núnez got here off the bench and ignited the sport, equalizing within the fifteenth minute. Just when a comeback appeared imminent, Fulham’s Serbian striker shone once more and transformed the penalty to make it 2-1 to the hosts. In the top, Salah took benefit of Núñez’s go to degree issues up.
Liverpool will solely return to Premier League motion on the fifteenth (Monday) once they make their dwelling debut within the competitors. The first sport at Anfield Road is in opposition to Crystal Palace at 16:00 (Brazil).
Fulham will return to motion subsequent Saturday (13). Starting at 11am (Brazilian time), the group led by Marco Silva visits Wolverhampton on the Molineux Stadium.
Fulham shock and advance
Playing at dwelling, Fulham didn’t draw back from the present European and English runners-up. The dwelling group took an aggressive method from the beginning, with all gamers, together with Mitrovic – probably the most superior of the 4-5-1 – placing strain on the opponent.
One of the goals was instantly achieved: stopping Liverpool from scoring clear possibilities. Fulham lacked the creativity to threaten the guests in assault.
So a lot in order that Liverpool’s first likelihood got here within the 14th minute of the match. Luís Díaz got here to shake the web, profiting from a rebound. However, they had been dominated out of the sport earlier than the Colombian bid could possibly be fired.
Strong in defence, Fulham started to take extra dangers in assault from the twenty fifth minute onwards. Early on, possibilities had been effectively fended off, but it did not take lengthy for Mitrovic, the group’s prime scorer, to make his mark.
In the thirty second minute, Tete shot shortly from the suitable and made the primary cross, on the lookout for the second publish. Mitrovic bought on the again of Alexander-Arnold, bought previous the highest scorer, and struck exhausting, with nearly no angle, to open the scoring. Despite not creating a lot, Fulham continued to do higher on the pitch and held on to a partial victory till the break.
Núñez is available in and units the sport on hearth
Seven minutes into the second half, an remoted play in midfield modified the course of the sport. Thiago Alcântara felt an harm and compelled Klopp to vary the group. Elliot got here on for the Spanish midfielder. The German coach additionally promoted the debut of Darwin Núñez, who changed Firmino.
Before Núñez appeared for good, Fulham had the chance to develop. In the eleventh minute, Kebano picked up the ball on the sting of the world and hit it exhausting within the nook, out of Alisson’s attain. The ball burst onto the publish, on a whim, and did not go in. Liverpool had already balanced their actions at this stage of the sport.
The reply got here after quarter-hour. Salah, who had been out of the sport till then, made a good transfer from the suitable and crossed into the underside half of the field. Darwin Núñez performed straight in direction of the aim, but was stopped by a good protection by Rodák.
Three minutes later, Liverpool repeated the dose, but this time it labored. Elliott performed Salah deep. Again to the suitable, the Egyptian crossed to the center for Darwin Núñez, and the letter was tried once more. Now he bought the ball larger and extra highly effective, taking away the possibilities of the protection.
Three extra minutes and Núñez nearly turned the sport round. After a transfer from the middle of Liverpool, the Uruguayan striker picked up and tapped contained in the penalty space. The ball additionally handed the goalkeeper, but not the protection, who took it over the road.
Mitrovic calls accountability
Even when cornered, Fulham didn’t succumb to Liverpool’s strain. Starting with an impressed day from Mitrovica, they managed to get a second in because the guests appeared nearer to the comeback.
In the twenty fifth minute, the Serbian striker entered the field and tried to dribble Van Dijk, who knocked him down. The referee awarded the penalty, which was confirmed by VAR. Mitrovic himself hit exhausting and low. Alisson hit the nook, but couldn’t forestall the tie: 2 and 1.
Salah avoids defeat
Despite not being in the perfect second of the sport, Liverpool appeared for an equalizer within the thirty fifth minute. Alexander-Arnold threw himself into the world, deflected the ball behind and left it at Núñez’s toes. Salah, who accomplished the aim, performed within the group with out a goalkeeper: 2 and a couple of.
It was a balanced sport, with out many possibilities. At the age of 48, Henderson had the chance to offer Liverpool victory. He hit it exhausting, from a distance, but the ball exploded onto the crossbar.
Fulham 2 x 2 Liverpool
Competition: English Premier League
Date: August 6, 2022
Place: Craven Cottage Stadium, London
Hour: 8:30am (from Brazil)
Yellow playing cards: Tete and Reid (FUL)
targets: Mitrovic (FUL), 32 minutes into the first half; Darwin Núñez (LIV), on the 18th minute, and Mitrovic (FUL), on the twenty seventh minute, and Salah (LIV), on the thirty fourth minute of the 2nd half.
Fulham: Wheel; Tete, Tosin, Ream, Robinson; Reid (Duffy), João Palhinha, Kebano (Solomon), Reid and Andreas Pereira (Cairney); Mitrovic. the technician: Marco Silva.
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk and Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho (Milner) and Thiago Alcântara (Elliott); Salah, Luis Díaz (Fábio Carvalho) and Roberto Firmino (Darwin Núñez). the technician: Jurgen Klopp.