The Reds were pegged back by a resilient Fulham side at the Craven Cottage escaping with a hard-fought 2-2 draw. Aleksandar Mitrovic who broke the Championship scoring record last season silenced his critics by registering an impressive brace against last season’s Premier League runners-up. Darwin Nunez came off the bench early in the second half and registered a goal and an assist much to the delight of Jurgen Klopp.
Marco Silva’s men began the match with intensity, winning loose balls and giving the Liverpool players no time on the ball. The pressure proved effective as they got their reward in the 32nd minute – Kenny Tete sent a magnificent cross to the far post and Mitrovic, aided by the shoulders of Trent Alexander-Arnold rose highest to head the ball beyond Alisson.
Liverpool continued to struggle to assert their dominance and the first half ended 1-0 in favour of the home team.
The second half started in similar fashion but the introduction of Darwin Nunez gave them a lift. The Uruguayan striker went close twice before flicking a Mohammed Salah cross into the back of the net. However, in the 72nd minute, 8 minutes after Nunez’s equalizer, Van Dijk fouled Mitrovic in the 18-yard-box and the referee pointed to the spot. The Serbian striker stepped up to score his second.
Salah then got his trademark opening-day goal scoring from a Darwin Nunez pass with 10 minutes to go.
Jordan Henderson could have scored the winner late on but saw his long-range effort come off the crossbar.