Fulham 2 Liverpool 2: Mo Salah rescues Reds after Aleksandar Mitrovic double as Jurgen Klopp’s side drop early points


MO SALAH kept up his opening-day record to rescue an undeserved point for Liverpool.

Fulham, thanks to two goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic, were within touching distance of a brilliant victory.

But Darwin Nunez, who had grabbed the Reds’ first equaliser, helped Trent Alexander-Arnold’s pass into Salah’s path and the Egyptian scored in Liverpool’s first fixture for the sixth season in a row.

If Jurgen Klopp’s men had gone on to claim a winner it would have been desperately hard on Marco Silva’s men.

Mitrovic grabbed both goals, but new boys Andreas Pereira and Joao Palhinha were just two of a number of home players to give outstanding performances.

In contrast, too many Liverpool players were below par and a bad day was made worse by Thiago limping off with a hamstring problem early in the second half.

It was drawing games that cost the Reds the title last season.

But although Jordan Henderson hit the crossbar in stoppage time, they should be grateful to have escaped from Craven Cottage with a point.

Fulham were at it from start to finish, making a mockery of those who expected a comfortable stroll in the sunshine for the Reds.

Mitrovic could have put the Cottagers up inside the first minute, only to jab wide after an Alexander-Arnold error.

But it was only a temporary reprieve for the Reds and their right-back.

Bobby De Cordova-Reid and Pereira in particular made life uncomfortable for Alexander-Arnold as the home side dominated the first half.

Palhinha and Harrison Reed had shots goalbound blocked by Joel Matip and Andy Robertson.

And then the goal that Fulham deserved finally arrived.

A good move ended with Kenny Tete sending a deep cross to the back post and Alexander-Arnold let himself be bullied by Mitrovic, who headed past a less-than-convincing Alisson.

Liverpool tried to respond.

Alexander-Arnold showed his better side with a fine crossfield pass, only for Robertson to overhit his cross, then Diaz hit Marek Rodak’s left-hand post.

But an equaliser would have been a travesty.

Things deteriorated further for Klopp when Thiago went off five minutes after the break.

The Reds boss threw on Nunez for the out-of-touch Roberto Firmino at the same time.

But little changed immediately and the home crowd thought their side had gone 2-0 up when Neeskens Kebano beat Alisson with a wonderful shot.

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