LONDON — Liverpool newcomer Darwin Nunez came off the bench and scored a goal to set the stage for Saturday when the Reds saved a 2-2 draw at promoted Fulham in the opening round of the Premier League.
Alexander Mitrovic twice led Fulham at Craven Cottage as Marco Silva’s side threatened a big upset, but Nunez said Liverpool spent a lot of money to push Uruguay forward from Benfica this off-season. I gave a reason.
Nunez first met with a low cross from Mohamed Salah and a deft back heel flick to the top of the net to make it 1-1 in the 64th minute. Nunez then tried to control a high cross into the box, but the ball instead fell into Salah’s path, who made an easy tap-in.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson came close to winning stoppage time when a curling long-range shot hit the crossbar.
Mitrović opened the scoring in the first half with a header, before going past Trent Alexander-Arnold at the far post to match a cross from the right and score a penalty after being knocked down by Virgil van Dijk in the 72nd minute.
Fulham also had a chance to make it 2–0 in the 57th minute when Nieskens Kebano hit the post after a quick attack from the right side of the area.
A draw still counts as a setback for Liverpool, who are looking to reclaim the Premier League title after falling one point behind last season’s champions Manchester City.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has turned down Nunez from starting the squad after he made a big impression in pre-season and scored in last weekend’s Community Shield victory over City. Roberto Firmino started up front instead, but Liverpool’s attack took a quicker gear when Nunez came on for the Brazilian.
Newcomer Nunez helped Liverpool to draw at Fulham
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