The 2022–23 Premier League season began with a dramatic 2-2 tie between Fulham and Liverpool, as the newly promoted Cottagers had come dangerously close to becoming the first team to defeat the Reds in the top division since the beginning of 2022.
The hosts’ strong start, who are trying to avoid making a fourth unsuccessful effort to stay in the division since the 2013/14 season, was one of the warning flags for the Champions League finalists.
The greatest cross of the half was sent by Neeskens Kebano to Aleksandar Mitrovic during one of the Cottagers’ rapid counterattacks. Mitrovic outmuscled Trent Alexander-Arnold at the far post and powered an unstoppable header past Alisson Becker to put the game to bed.
Liverpool announced a new acquisition Darwin Nunez came on after the break, but Fulham still appeared to be in control. Kebano nearly increased their advantage with a rasping diagonal shot from just inside the box that rattled off the far post with Alisson clearly outmatched.
After missing numerous opportunities to score at that point, Nunez’s positioning and tenacity paid off when he glanced Mohamed Salah’s right-wing pass beyond Marek Rodak in the 64th minute, providing some solace to an increasingly furious Jurgen Klopp of the Reds.
Anyone who thought the game would proceed as usual from that moment was misinformed. Mitrovic, who was the top scorer in the Championship last season, narrowly beat Alisson from the penalty spot with a mercilessly accurate strike after Virgil van Dijk’s poor foul on him led to a disputed and successful penalty claim for Fulham.
Salah, who had scored in five straight season openers, came to Liverpool’s rescue when Fulham allowed a cross to ricochet off Nunez, and the talisman reacted swiftly to poke Liverpool’s second equalizer from close range.
Harvey Elliott found Henderson in the last seconds of extra time, and he nearly gave Liverpool the victory by blasting a shot over Rodak and into the crossbar. Fulham’s strong start was deserving of at least a point, so that would have been harsh to them.
A MARK IS MADE BY MITROVIC It was believed that surpassing Mitrovic’s 43 goals from the previous season—colossal in the Championship but unproven in the Premier League—would undoubtedly produce a better return than the Serbian striker achieved during Fulham’s weak 2020–21 relegation.
Mitrovic extended his impressive streak by scoring 45 goals in 45 games here, reestablishing himself at the highest level in a resoundingly emphatic manner.
The behemoth produced one of his signature headers, soaring over Alexander-Arnold, who gave an unsure defensive effort, with seeming nonchalance. Fulham fans were angry when the 27-year-old blasted a great chance wide in the opening minutes.
While players like Andreas Pereira and Kebano caused havoc before failing to locate a target — frequently Mitrovic — within the penalty area, there was an early feeling that Fulham would regret not capitalizing on their early surges inside Liverpool territory.
That was rendered meaningless by Kebano’s superb pass for the opening goal, which Mitrovic will hope to accept all season long if his teammates can continue to find spurts of inspiration.
Liverpool had not given up a penalty in 51 games. Even if Andy Madley’s decision appeared to be a little soft, it was nevertheless evidence of the difficulty Mitrovic’s evasion by Van Dijk and his fellow defenders.
For a player of Mitrovic’s potential during that previous Premier League season, three goals all season was a terrible number. Now, in 90 minutes, he has nearly as many.
If Fulham were not engaged in a fight for survival, it would still be surprising, and Mitrovic’s success will be crucial to their prospects of avoiding a demoralizing second relegation in four years.
SALAH STARTS SCORING FOR SIXTH CONSECUTIVE GAME TO START THE SEASON. On a day where they underperformed, Liverpool displayed admirable fortitude by coming back twice when down, and their comeback demonstrated once more how important it is to have Salah leading your attack when things are tough.
When Liverpool defeated Norwich 3-0 in August 2021, Salah became the first player to score in five straight opening-day matches in the top flight. The Egyptian superstar has already passed Jamie Vardy of Leicester City by scoring eight goals in the season opener.
His most recent rapid start ties him for the most goals scored on the opening day with Premier League greats Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney, and Alan Shearer.
When Alexander-Arnold fired a cross into the penalty area, Fulham center backs Tim Ream and Tosin Adarabioyo each had a chance to stop the threat, but a mix-up between the two allowed Nunez to redirect the ball in Salah’s direction for a deft finish.
Salah’s equalizer is not expected to be on many highlight videos. Robbie Fowler, a renowned poacher from Liverpool, and other legendary hunters would have respected his intelligence and vigilance.
The fact that Nunez performed well after replacing Roberto Firmino just after the half suggests that Salah’s backup attackers are not overly concerned by Sadio Mane’s decision to join Bayern Munich.
Nunez’s June transfer from Benfica for a club record 85 million raised concerns about how long he would need to adjust, and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may have questioned whether he had made the right choice as the Uruguayan international struggled during a confident second-half start for Fulham.
That was changed by two goals in the space of 17 minutes, and Luis Diaz also hit the post with an incredible shot from the smallest of openings before being adjudged to be offside. If this was any indication of the form of the three forwards, firepower will be among Klopp’s least important issues.
Live updates on the score and analysis from Craven Cottage were provided below by The Sporting News as they covered the game.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Fulham vs. Liverpool: Time, TV channel, stream, and betting odds
Final score between Fulham and Liverpool reads: Fulham 1 1 2 Liverpool 2 2 Goals: Mitrovic (32, 72); Nunez (64) Salah (81)
Updates and Highlights From Premier League Match Between Fulham and Liverpool Fulham 2-2 Liverpool at full time.
Liverpool came close to winning in the end. Henderson was set up by substitute Elliott, who then blasted a shot over Rodak and into the crossbar.
That would not have been fair to Fulham. On a day when tireless Mitrovic made it 45 goals from 45 outings, they receive an unexpected point from their return to the Premier League. The score is 2-2.
85 minutes: Liverpool 2-2 Fulham
Nunez has had some exposure to English football.
82 minutes: Liverpool 2-2 Fulham
Despite their outstanding performance today, Fulham won’t be pleased with how they allowed the equalizer.
Tosin and Ream missed the opportunity to definitively head clear and Alexander-Arnold crossed from outside the halfway line on the right. Salah was in front of goal when the ball ricocheted off Nunez’s leg and into his path. Salah curled an instinctive finish past Rodak, which is likely why Nunez didn’t expect the ball to reach him.
Liverpool might believe that following Fulham’s disputed penalty, they deserve a little luck.
81 minutes: Goal, 2-2 Liverpool for Fulham (Salah 81)
Salah continues to have the top opening day record!
Fulham 2-1 Liverpool after 75 minutes.
GOAL Fulham 2-1 Liverpool after 72 minutes (Mitrovic 72)
Mitrovic strikes Alisson’s left with a low penalty. Although the goalkeeper dives correctly, the shot has too much force and accuracy. Fulham has regained the lead!
72 minutes: Penalty for Fulham Liverpool ties Fulham 1-1.
In the penalty area, Mitrovic is brought down by a poor challenge from Van Dijk. You can’t blame the striker for looking for it, even if it was a soft call and he was taken down fairly quickly. Not the best play by the center back.
Can Fulham regain the upper hand?
67 minutes: Fulham ties Liverpool 1-1.
Ream enters just in time to send a Nunez finish past the Fulham defense. The striker seems like he’ll be entertaining this year.
65 minutes: Fulham ties Liverpool 1-1.
You can’t criticize Nunez for being persistent. He connected with a left-wing ball from Salah in front of goal and flicked his shot beyond Rodak after earlier missing a few opportunities.
That’s a clever way for him to get his Premier League career started.
GOAL Fulham ties Liverpool at 64 minutes (Nunez)
The goal has been scored by Nunez! The customary VAR review is conducted, but this time to determine whether his improvised finish was made from an offside position.
Fulham 1-0 Liverpool after 62 minutes.
Fulham 1-0 Liverpool after 60 minutes.
After Fulham concedes possession of the ball in a risky area of the field, Nunez gets his first shot at goal.
Fulham quickly clears the area as the substitute appears to be unsure whether to square a ball or shoot from inside the penalty area on the left.
Fulham 1-0 Liverpool at 59 minutes.
Jenas quotes Alisson as saying, “There was nothing he could do about it,” in reference to Kebano’s shot that so nearly went in.
“I’m simply so shocked that Liverpool haven’t responded to Fulham,” the author said.
Fulham 1-0 Liverpool at 57 minutes.
Kebano strikes the target! The player who set up Mitrovic’s goal executes a magnificent strike, sending a dipping shot from the right side of the penalty area past Alisson’s dive and off the woodwork.
Henderson is not in the least bit pleased about Nunez’s closure. Liverpool is fortunate to not be behind by two goals.
Fulham 1-0 Liverpool after 55 minutes.
Pereira has been a true livewire on the left and has impressed the entire game. After making a strong run through the Liverpool half, the midfielder falters by taking too long to play a cross that is blocked and is eventually caught by Alisson.
Fulham 1-0 Liverpool after 52 minutes.
Fulham appear at ease. Liverpool hasn’t yet launched a cavalry charge, possibly because they are still aware of the threat that their opponents pose when they go on the offense.
Liverpool leads Fulham 1-0 at halftime.
In the 50th minute, Thiago appears to pull his hamstring, ending his 50th Liverpool game.
As Nunez and Harvey Elliott enter the game, Firmino also exits.
Fulham 1-0 Liverpool after 48 minutes.
Fulham 1-0 Liverpool after 46 minutes.
We’re back in motion now! A foul is committed by Henderson inside the center circle. Nunez is warming up on the sidelines, and if Liverpool doesn’t make a rapid turnaround, it won’t be long before the forward is introduced.
Fulham led Liverpool 1-0 at the break.
Mitro is ablaze.
On the first day of the season, are we in for one of the biggest surprises? Although Fulham’s strong start in their home debut may have been expected, you would have anticipated Liverpool’s superior class to become apparent as the half went on.
As it stands, Mitrovic’s unstoppable header, which was the result of one of several excellent moves by the Premier League newcomers, puts Liverpool in danger of suffering their first loss of the year.
The Craven Cottage supporters are overjoyed by this. Klopp has a lot of work ahead of him. Only the most irrationally hopeful Fulham supporters could have foreseen this.
Fulham 1-0 Liverpool after 42 minutes.
a reminder that Fulham’s 1-0 win over Liverpool in March 2021 was their most recent Premier League triumph.
They have had a great start to their most recent attempt to compete in the division for more than a season, and they are worth their advantage over opponents that lack motivation for the most part.
Fulham 1-0 Liverpool after 39 minutes.
Luis Diaz unleashes a devastating shot from the left outside of the penalty area against the far angle of Rodak’s goal out of virtually nothing!
Despite a VAR review, Luis Diaz’s team was denied their claims of an infraction during the play they conceded from, earning Fulham a warning and a moment of brilliance.
Fulham 1-0 Liverpool after 36 minutes.
Mitrovic has scored a third as many goals as he did during his whole previous Premier League season.
One of the strongest defenses in the division has had trouble with the 43-goal scorer so far today.
Fulham 1-0 Liverpool after 34 minutes.
That goal was beautifully executed. Following the breakdown of another Liverpool assault, Fulham made a rapid left to right break from near their own penalty area.
Kebano floated an inviting cross to the far post while remaining just onside, and Mitrovic, with his customary muscularity, outmuscled Alexander-Arnold to force a header beyond Alisson from close range. Fulham is ahead rightfully.
GOAL Fulham 1-0 Liverpool after 33 minutes (Mitrovic)
31 minutes: Liverpool 0–Fulham
Reeds sprints after receiving a cross from the left and shoots from the center of the penalty area. Liverpool are currently in trouble despite Robertson’s blocks.
30 minutes: Liverpool 0–Fulham
Excellent play by Rodak, who seizes control from that Liverpool corner and leads Fulham on a swift counterattack down the left. They gain a corner but are unable to take advantage of the situation.
28 minutes: Liverpool 0–Fulham
For Liverpool, Fabinho secures a corner on the right. As Fulham score and then stop Liverpool from launching a second attack, there is a cheer.
Fulham 0-0 Liverpool after 23 minutes.
Kebano is fouled by Van Dijk on Liverpool’s left side in a precarious situation. Ream, who is ghosting in front of goal, receives a deliciously hazardous cross from Pereira, but he is unable to guide his header in that direction.
Then, as Mitrovic tries to canter past the defense on a through ball, he is properly ruled to be just offside.
21 minutes: Liverpool 0–Fulham
Liverpool’s frequent crosses into the penalty area have broken up the quiet spell. Henderson waits behind Salah as one of them reaches him, but Salah flicks a header wide.
16 minutes: Liverpool 0–Fulham
Near the halfway point, Tete launched a wild challenge on Luis Diaz and was arrested for it. While Fulham appears to be playing a little less composedly, Liverpool is beginning to enjoy more possession.
15 minutes: Liverpool 0–Fulham
Offside, but Liverpool has the ball in the net! An intricate sequence of play on the left side of the Fulham box results in Firmino holding onto the ball just a little bit too long before releasing Robertson beyond the defense. Robertson strayed, and Rodak made a superb save to stop him.
Diaz gathers the ball, takes a touch, and tries in vain to curl a beautiful finish into the far corner of the net. Still, Klopp will have desired that answer.
10 minutes: Liverpool 0–Fulham
The sluggish start made by his team, according to Jurgen Klopp, isn’t exactly what the manager wants. Liverpool still haven’t shown up, says Jenas.
“They don’t engage in combat; they just want to knock it around. They simply haven’t gotten off to a good start and haven’t yet displayed their bad tendencies.”
8 minutes: Liverpool 0–Fulham
Silva’s side is still quite promising. De Cordova-Reid tries to create a disturbance deep within Liverpool territory but is halted by Matic. After that, Reed nearly reaches the byline on the left but sees Alisson intercept his low cross.
Fulham might succeed if they can generate one or two lethal deliveries at this rate.
6 minutes: Liverpool 0–Fulham
A corner is won by Fulham to their left. Mitrovic tries to seize on a ricochet inside the penalty area, but Matip knocks the delivery away, and Van Dijk steps in to stop him.
5 minutes: Liverpool 0–Fulham
Liverpool’s start has been subdued. Within his penalty area, Rodak intercepts an attempted through ball, and Pereira then smashes a cross from the left into Alisson’s arms.
3 minutes: Liverpool 0–Fulham
Before the referee raises the whistle, Fulham’s Andreas Pereira swings in a pass that appears to be useful. According to former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas, “you don’t want to see them terrified.”
They are moving up the field and are forward, which are both positive indicators.
Fulham 0 — Liverpool 1
Before the game began, the participants knelt. Liverpool gains control and begins creating from the back after winning a throw-in that Fulham won on the left side of their own half.
After Liverpool gives the ball away not far from their own penalty area, Mitrovic gets a fantastic opportunity to score. He darts into the danger zone from the left and fires a low effort just wide of the far post. positive for the hosts
Fatboy Slim’s “Right Here, Right Now” is playing at Craven Cottage as the players enter their respective half with two minutes remaining in the game. The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” then starts to play.
Salah looks to be visualizing while holding out both of his palms. He is as laser-like as ever.
With five minutes remaining, the players are returning to the field. Here are a few photos Liverpool posted from the pregame warmups.
Starting today, teams will be able to substitute five players throughout games. Rio Ferdinand, a former Manchester United defender, said of the rule change, “I’m thrilled for it,” adding that it will give players more time to recover.
“For the fans, it’s fantastic. If you’re a young player, you’re probably excited because you believe you have a better chance of making the field.”
Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch believes that larger clubs may benefit more from the change, and former England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis asserts that organizations must change with the times and accommodate the rule.
The players are warming up with 20 minutes to go! With a goal from Bobby Decordova-Reid, who begins today, in the 25th minute, Fulham, who went undefeated against Liverpool during their previous Premier League campaign, took the lead against the Reds.
On that occasion, Liverpool needed a Salah penalty 11 minutes from the end to save a 1-1 tie.
With 35 minutes remaining, Liverpool can win tonight and extend their unbeaten streak in the Premier League to 20 games. Thiago, a midfielder, makes his 50th appearance for the team.
Liverpool’s lineup with 50 minutes remaining in the game. Mohamed Salah is joined in attack by Roberto Firmino and Luis Diaz, with new attacker Darwin Nunez starting on the bench.
Here is how Fulham begins with 55 minutes left to go. Duffy, a recent acquisition, is on the bench, and their best hope for a creative midfielder is former Manchester United hopeful Andreas Pereira.
1 Hour to go: Fulham hasn’t defeated Liverpool in the Premier League since they did it 1-0 at Anfield on March 7, 2021.
The team’s chances of surviving were dashed after a quick collapse in which they lost eight and drew two of their final 10 league games while scoring only five goals.
Since defeating Everton 2-0 on February 14, 2021, they have not scored more than once in a Premier League game.
This is the first of six Premier League games that will be played today, with Chelsea’s encounter against Everton beginning at 17:30 BST.
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Will Fulham survive relegation for the first time in four attempts in the Premier League since 2013/14 with one hour and thirty minutes left to go? Will Aleksandar Mitrovic be able to surpass the three goals he scored in the Premier League two years ago or the 43 goals he scored while playing in the Championship in 2020–21?
Whatever happens, the Cottagers will benefit from the addition of a seasoned Premier League player on Friday: uncompromising Brighton and Republic of Ireland center-back Shane Duffy has signed a season-long loan with the team.
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On the first day of the 2021–2022 season, Mohamed Salah became the first player to score in five straight opening-day matches in the top division.
The Egyptian talisman is tied with Jamie Vardy of Leicester City for the league lead with seven goals after the first match of the year. If he pulls off the same trick again, he would pass Premier League greats Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney, and Alan Shearer for the record.
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Last year, Liverpool started their season with a 3-0 victory over a freshly promoted team that would be sent down without a fight when they easily defeated Norwich. Fulham will be aiming to prevent the Canaries’ immediate and long-term fate.
If the hosts lose to one of the title contenders on their return to the top division, it would be a great shock and you imagine they would be happy with a reasonable performance and scoreline.
LINEUPS FOR FULHAM VS. LIVERPOOL Rodak (GK) Robinson, Ream, Tosin, Tete Reed, Palhinha Pereira, Kebano, and Decordova-Reid Mitrovic make up Fulham’s expected starting lineup (4-2-3-1).
Leno (GK), Duffy, Cairney, Mbabu, Onomah, Francois, Carvalho, Harris, and Stansfield make up Fulham’s substitutes (9).
Alisson (GK), Robertson, van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold Fabinho, Thiago, Henderson Firmino, Salah, and Diaz are anticipated to start for Liverpool in a 4-3-3 formation.
Adrian (GK), Gomez, Chambers, Milner, Bajcetic, Van den Berg, Elliott, Carvalho, and Nunez are the planned subs for Liverpool (nine).
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WHAT TIME IS LIVERPOOL VS. FULHAM? Liverpool will visit Fulham at Craven Cottage in London, United Kingdom. It begins on Saturday, August 6 at 12:30 p.m. BST.
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