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Mitrovic nets twice as Fulham hold Liverpool to a 2-2 draw | Football News

LONDON: Aleksandar Mitrovic‘s brace of targets was cancelled out by strikes from Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah as newly promoted Fulham held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw by within the sides’ opening sport of the Premier League season at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
The house aspect took the lead on 32 minutes after they broke down the suitable, and Kenny Tete’s cross was met by the bustling Mitrovic, who out-jumped Trent Alexander-Arnold on the far publish to head house.
Luis Diaz got here shut to levelling a couple of minutes later, flashing a shot throughout the face of the objective, however the ball bounced again off the far publish as final season’s runners-up struggled to cope with Fulham’s physicality within the opening 45 minutes.
Fulham nearly doubled their benefit within the 57th minute as the ball was labored out to the suitable and Neeskens Kebano unleashed a thunderous shot that smacked off the far publish.
Tipped to be among the many title challengers once more this 12 months, Liverpool’s fortunes turned with the introduction of recent signing Nunez within the second half, and the Uruguayan wasted no time in displaying why Liverpool paid Benfica an preliminary €75 million for his providers.
Nunez tried to tee up his strike companions shortly after approaching earlier than levelling with a good flicked end simply after the hour mark.
Despite having barely threatened after the break, Fulham have been quickly again in entrance as Mitrovic, who scored 43 targets in 44 Championship video games final season, was tripped within the field by Virgil van Dijk, and the striker stepped up to stroke house from the penalty spot to make it 2-1.
However, Liverpool refused to capitulate and Salah put them stage once more, poking house from shut vary. Jordan Henderson nearly grabbed all three factors for the guests with a stoppage-time strike however his shot got here again off the crossbar.
“We showed fantastic organisation from the start until the end of the match. And the plan was clear for our players and they did it really well,” Fulham coach Marco Silva advised BT Sport.
Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp was glad to get out of the sport with a level, however he had some harsh phrases for his aspect’s effort on their opening day of the season.
“The result is fine, I don’t think we deserve more than that. But the performance is massively improvable,” he advised BT Sport.