Liverpool twice needed to come from behind towards newly-promoted Fulham to salvage a 2-2 attract a pulsating begin to the Premier League season on Saturday.
Aleksandar Mitrovic twice put the spectacular hosts forward, however Darwin Nunez got here off the bench to make a huge effect on his Premier League debut.
The Uruguayan, who arrived at Anfield in a deal that would rise to 100 million euros ($A147 million) from Benfica, flicked house to stage at 1-1 after which teed up Mohamed Salah for an equaliser 10 minutes from time.
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Liverpool’s season had obtained off to a flying begin by getting the higher of Manchester Metropolis to win the Group Defend in what was billed as an early showdown between the 2 title contenders.
Nonetheless, the Reds had been punished for a sluggish efficiency within the first hour in what might show a expensive concession of two factors.
Mitrovic scored 43 targets in as many video games final season as Fulham romped to the Championship title and gave Liverpool an early warning as he stabbed simply broad inside the primary minute.
A lot to Jurgen Klopp’s frustration on the touchline, the guests didn’t wake from their slumber and had been lastly punished on 32 minutes when Mitrovic outmuscled Trent Alexander-Arnold on the again submit to go in Kenny Tete’s cross.
Liverpool flickered into life earlier than the break as Luis Diaz smashed towards the submit from a slender angle.
Nonetheless, it was not till the introduction of the towering presence of Nunez that the Champions League finalists started to pose a persistent risk.
Nunez was at fault when Fulham had been inches away from doubling their lead when he was caught in possession and the ball was fed to Neeskens Kebano, who drilled off the within of the submit.
On the different finish, Liverpool’s new striker shortly made his presence felt as an audacious flick from Salah’s cross was saved by Marek Rodak.
Moments later a reproduction transfer did ship Nunez’s first Premier League purpose as he backheeled in from Salah’s low cross 26 minutes from time.
At that time there appeared just one winner, however Mitrovic confirmed a shocking fleetness of foot to show Virgil van Dijk, who clipped the Serbian striker contained in the field.
Mitrovic coolly slotted the ensuing penalty low previous Alisson Becker, however Fulham failed to carry out within the remaining 18 minutes for a well-known win.
One other lengthy ball into the field in the direction of Nunez prompted panic within the Fulham defence and the ball finally fell kindly to Salah to attain on the opening weekend of the Premier League for a sixth consecutive season.
Liverpool might even have snatched victory 5 minutes into stoppage time when Jordan Henderson’s lengthy vary strike got here again off the crossbar.
However a degree was the least Fulham deserved as they made a powerful begin of their bid to keep away from relegation for a fourth consecutive season when within the prime flight.