Salah and Darwin harmonize: Liverpool saves 2: 2 at the start

Surprise at Craven Cottage: Liverpool FC had to settle for a 2-2 draw at newly promoted Fulham at the start of the Premier League season. The Reds have long struggled with braces Mitrovic & Co. but Darwin and Salah saved Klopp’s team a point.

Liverpool’s goalscorers at Fulham FC: Mohamed Salah (left) and Darwin.

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Newly promoted Fulham, with new signing Leno on the bench and Rodak deputized in goal, started better and caused problems for Liverpool with high pressing. The Reds initially struggled to get out of their half and were lucky in the first minute when Mitrovic went wide.

Mitrovic puts Fulham ahead – Luis Diaz unlucky

It was only after 15 minutes that Klopp’s team, in which Roberto Firmino had once again been preferred to newcomer Darwin, found their way better. At this point Luis Diaz supposedly made it 1-0, but was called off for offside (15′). Fulham nevertheless remained dangerous offensively, new signing Pereira hit the side netting with his cheeky corner (29th). A little later, Alisson, Liverpool’s only new player after the 3-1 win against ManCity in the Community Shield, was defeated: Fulham’s striker Mitrovic (43 goals in the championship) prevailed against Alexander-Arnold and headed in to take the lead (32nd minute). ).

The Reds were deservedly behind, although they complained about an alleged foul on captain Henderson when the goal was created. They often acted too imprecisely and seemed surprised by the pressure from the opponent. Only Luis Diaz made a positive sign with his shot at the post (39th).

Darwin stabs again as a joker

Shortly after the break, Klopp had seen enough and brought on Darwin for Roberto Firmino, and Elliott also came on for the ailing Thiago (51st). After Liverpool were lucky when Kebano hit the post (57th), the Reds slowly found their usual game with the fresh forces.

Above all, Darwin was an asset, as he was recently against the Skyblues – and he also provided the equalizer: First he failed with a back-heel trick on Rodak (61st), but with the same shot the Uruguayan found a way past the keeper. In the 64th minute the ball went under the bar and Liverpool were back. This time Salah was the preparer.

Liverpool’s new number 27 was involved in almost every attack that followed, but suddenly a whistle blew at the other end – and penalties were awarded to Fulham. Mitrovic fell to the ground after contact with van Dijk, the decision was not wrong (70th), and the fouled man completed it confidently from eleven meters (72nd).

goals and cards

1:0
A. Mitrovic (32′, header, Tete)

1:1
Darwin (64′, right foot, Salah)

2:1
A. Mitrovic (72′, penalty kick)

2:2
salah (80′, left foot, Darwin)

Fulham FC

Fulham

Liverpool FC

Liverpool

game info

It was back and forth in the closing stages, but Liverpool still had one up their sleeve: Darwin got the ball by chance, stayed cool, found Salah – whether he wanted it or not – and the Egyptian took the dust off to equalize again (80′). . The 2:2 should also be the end result because Captain Henderson hit the crossbar from a distance deep in added time (90+4).

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