Liverpool thanked Mohamed Salah once again as his late equalizer saved him a point against a spirited Fulham side in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Saturday.
Alexander Mitrovic’s first-half header was scrapped by Darwin Nunez after the break, and Liverpool once again had to come from behind when the Serb took home a penalty that was no less than Fulham’s.
Salah and Nunez combined to equalize ten minutes in time to save a point from an otherwise indifferent performance from Jurgen Klopp.
Fulham started the game with the confidence he played in the previous season, with Mitrovic quickly looking at half a chance. It was a very slow start from Liverpool, although Klopp’s men had the ball 15 minutes behind the net through Luis Diaz, whose good end was rightfully dismissed for offside.
The Reds slowly began to find their feet and increase the pressure in the middle of the first 45, but Fulham navigated it well and got the front foot back with some excellent pressure and energy in midfield.
Deservingly, the hosts took the lead in 32 minutes. Kenny Tete’s cross swam to the far post and met Mitrovic, who lofted past Alisson and into the back of the net.
Diaz was not one to shy away from reacting immediately after hitting the post from a tight angle, and although he finished the first half on top, Liverpool could have had no complaints about the scoreline.
The second half began with a hamstring injury for Thiago, an early introduction to signing Nunez in the summer, and the same from Fulham, who looked like they had an extra player on the pitch at times.
Nieskens Cabano rumbles against the post after Bobby de Cordova-Reid cut off Alison’s gloves, before Nunez is caught blinking.
Nez then saw a (presumably offside) flick saved by Marek Rodak, but minutes later, the Liverpool man came on top as the same flick found its way to the back of the net, hitting Tosin Adarabyoyo. The inclusion was thanks to one lucky Ricochet. ,
Tim Ream was then required to clear the line to deny Nez an immediate second, the substitute increasing in the game with every passing minute.
However, as Liverpool looked to regain control, they were awarded a penalty after a clumsy foul from Virgil van Dijk. mitrovikaJoe stepped in to crash home from the spot and restore Fulham’s lead.
the former fulham Starlet Fabio Carvalho wasn’t off an equalizer as he sent a volley narrowly over the crossbar, but request Worked with ten minutes to go. Some turmoil in the box saw Salah and Nunez work their way into an open goal and Misri could not miss.
liverpool Pushed for an equalizer and thought they’d find it as Jordan Henderson’s long drive crashed against the bar, but Fulham held on to earn a point that at least they deserved.
GK: Marek Rodak – 7/10 – Comfortable with his hands and made an excellent long pass to Pereira to take some pressure off. Really composed.
RB: Kenny Tete – 7/10 – A lovely cross for Mitrovic’s opener. Not always comfortable against Diaz but did enough to trouble the winger.
CB: Tosin Adrabioyo – 7/10 – His go-go-gadget-legs were absolutely everywhere. Van Dijk would be happy with the kind of performance.
CB: Tim Ream – 8/10 – Some of the best positions held to help double Salah. Marshaled your defense with real class.
Pounds: Antoine Robinson – 8/10 – Stick to Salah as if his life depended on it and got some great results.
DM: Harrison Reed – 7/10 – He was full of brilliant energy that was too much for Liverpool’s midfield to handle.
DM: Joao Palinha – 10/8 – Fighting for everything right from the first whistle. Dominates in midfield and looks like he could be a fantastic signing.
RM: Nieskens Kebano – 7/10 – Glad to be back to help Tete, even though her defenses weren’t always up to scratch. Smart and disciplined.
AM: Andreas Pereira – 10/7 – Excellent from the set piece and impressed by his movement.
LM: Bobby de Cordova-Reid – 7/10 – Left side down came in very good condition. The final product wasn’t always there but he could still be very pleased with his performance.
ST: Alexander Mitrovic – 9/10 – Led the line with quality. Liverpool’s back line got a lot of problems.
Sub: Manor Solomon (66′ for Cabano) – 6/10 – Came at a difficult time and didn’t get a chance to pack his stuff. Didn’t do anything wrong.
Sub: Tom Kearney (for 89′ Pereira) – N/A
Sub: Shane Duffy (94′ d for Cordova-Reid) – N/A
Manager: Marco Silva – 9/10 – Fully embraced this game. Perhaps should have introduced some more energy off the bench, but it was a difficult task to avoid hindering Fulham’s good work.
GK: Alison – 5/10 – Probably should have done better with Mitrovic’s header. Didn’t seem fast.
RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5/10 – The attack had no room to affect play and was clearly aimed from behind. Flattened by Mitrovic for the opener. A good pass for Salah’s late equalizer.
CB: Joel Matip – 5/10 – It was a tough time against Mitrovic, who had a lot of physicality.
CB: Virgil van Dijk – 5/10 – The positioning was not as good as you were expecting. Really clumsy for punishment.
Pounds: Andy Robertson – 5/10 – Played a little too casual at times. Didn’t enjoy Fulham’s energy.
DM: Fabinho – 10/4 – I was feeling tired. Fulham’s pressure and commitment was too much for him.
CM: Jordan Henderson – 5/10 – Another one of them that couldn’t match the pace of the game. Little offered at either end of the pitch other than a late thunderbolt, which hit the bar.
CM: Thiago – 5/10 – Struggled because he was not given time to collect the pass. Looked uncomfortable and went limp from a muscle injury within minutes of the second half.
RW: Mohamed Salah – 6/10 – Robinson couldn’t escape and Ream for the most part of the game, but when he got some space, managed to make an impact with some smart crossings for Nunez. Didn’t know anything about the target.
ST: Roberto Firmino – 3/10 – You would be forgiven for forgetting that he was even playing.
LW: Luis Diaz – 6/10 – Diaz was Liverpool’s only hope in the first half. I tried my best to pull my side towards something.
Sub: Harvey Elliott (51′ to Thiago) – 6/10 – Came straight after gave things a good boost but didn’t make much of an impact.
Sub: Darwin Nunez (51′ for Firmino) – 7/10 – A slow start but settled in the end and changed the game. Holding such good positions.
Sub: James Milner (59′ to Fabinho) – 6/10 – His energy was a big part of Liverpool’s effort to get back in the game.
Sub: Fabio Carvalho (78′ for Diaz) – 6/10 – Had some good moments.
Manager: Jurgen Klopp – 6/10 – Nothing was right in the first half but Klopp’s introduction to Milner and Nunez was smart.