Mohamed Salah spared Liverpool an embarrassment with a late equalizer as last season’s runners-up were held to a 2-2 draw at newly promoted Fulham in their Premier League opener.
Ullham have proved difficult opponents for Jurgen Klopp’s side in recent years – Cotters are now unbeaten in their last three top-flight meetings – and have come from behind twice to cancel Liverpool two goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic. fell.
The Serbia striker has notoriously struggled for goals in the top division but showed no sign of any issues against the Reds, opening his account for the campaign in the 32nd minute.
Darwin Nunez canceled Fulham’s lead with a cleverly improvised backheel just after the one-hour mark, before a Mitrovic penalty restored the home side’s advantage.
With only less than 10 minutes left in the game, however, Nez set up Salah, who calmly took home Liverpool’s crucial equalizer.
There were warning signs for Klopp as Liverpool struggled to go and the string together quickly passes before being caught at the break.
Although they evolved in the game, it was far from a Reds performance, while Fulham looked completely different from the side which scored 10 goals in their opening three Premier League appearances in 2020-21.
It was not the start of the season that Liverpool would have envisaged the issue of fixtures, with Fulham applying most of the opening pressure and Mitrovic poking wide in only the second minute.
However, Liverpool had the ball behind their net with their first real attack of the game, with Luis Diaz curling the ball in front of Marek Rodk, but Andy Robertson in the build up.
Liverpool continued to struggle to find their way into the match and it was Fulham who took a surprising lead against the Champions League finalists.
Cottors made a clever move to the left, Kenny Tete overlapped before sending Nieskens Cabano into a deep cross into the far post, where Mitrovic defeated Trent Alexander-Arnold in front of Alisson.
Liverpool nearly leveled a few minutes later – Diaz’s attempted chip from inside the box was overtaken by Rodk, but backed off the post.
Klopp already had extensive injury problems early in the game, but his luck ran out when Thiago Alcantara pulled early in the second half and had to be replaced, holding his hamstring.
Early in the second half – minutes later – Cabano nearly scored Fulham’s second goal when he made an effort that turned from inside the post and, from the next corner, Bobby Decordova-Reid had a winding saved by Alisson. There were efforts.
There were signs of intent from Liverpool as Nez wanted to take out Diaz at the away post, but his attempt was stopped by Joo Palinha.
Liverpool got a small chance and Nunez equalized to open his account in the Premier League.
Harvey Elliott played into Salah under the wing and passed for Nunez, who backheeled the ball into the net, who was allowed to stand after a brief VAR check for offside.
After leveling the score, Liverpool looked to be immediately closer to a winner, with Diaz blocking a shot and Tim Ream getting off the line.
Just as Liverpool were pushing for a winner, Mitrovic restored Fulham’s lead from the penalty spot.
The Serbia striker was judged by referee Andrew Madly, who was brought down in the box by Virgil van Dijk, with VAR upholding the decision.
Mitrovic stepped up to take a spot-kick and Alison guessed correctly but was beaten by the power of the shot.
Liverpool leveled again when Alexander-Arnold crossed from the center of the box to the right, Nunez selflessly tapped to make room for Mohamed Salah at home.