LONDON — New Liverpool signing Darwin Nunez got here off the bench to attain one objective and arrange one other Saturday because the Reds salvaged a 2-2 draw at promoted Fulham within the opening spherical of the Premier League.
Aleksandar Mitrovic put Fulham forward twice at Craven Cottage as Marco Silva’s workforce threatened a serious upset, however Nunez confirmed simply why Liverpool spent huge to convey the Uruguay ahead in from Benfica this offseason.
Nunez first met a low cross from Mohamed Salah with a deft back-heel flick into the highest of the web to make it 1-1 within the sixty fourth minute, after which helped his Egyptian teammate internet the second equalizer within the 81st. Nunez tried to manage a excessive cross into the field that point however the ball as a substitute fell into the trail of Salah, who had a easy tap-in.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson then got here near an injury-time winner when his curling long-distance shot hit the crossbar.
Mitrovic headed within the opening objective within the first half, rising above Trent Alexander-Arnold on the far put up to satisfy a cross from the best, after which transformed a penalty within the 72nd minute after he was introduced down by Virgil van Dijk.
Fulham additionally had an opportunity to make it 2-0 within the 57th when Neeskens Kebano hit the put up with a shot from the best facet of the realm after a fast assault.
The draw will nonetheless depend as a setback for Liverpool, which is aiming to wrest again the Premier League title after ending one level behind champion Manchester Metropolis final season.
Liverpool supervisor Jürgen Klopp opted towards beginning Nunez despite the fact that the newcomer made fairly an impression in preseason and scored within the Neighborhood Protect win over Metropolis final weekend. Roberto Firmino was given the beginning up entrance as a substitute, however Liverpool’s assault clicked into the next gear as soon as Nunez got here on for the Brazilian.