Premier League newcomers, Fulham came close to producing one of the biggest shocks on the opening weekend of the new season.
Naija News reports that Aleksandar Mitrovic marked his return to the top flight with two goals in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Craven Cottage.
Mohamed Salah levelled for the visitors with 10 minutes remaining to deny Marco Silva’s side a famous victory after a performance full of endeavour that celebrated Fulham being back in the top division.
Much has been made of whether Mitrovic can cut it at this level, having scored just three goals in his last Premier League campaign two seasons ago, but he bullied Trent Alexander-Arnold for his headed opener (32) before striking the winning penalty after being fouled inside the box by Virgil van Dijk.
Darwin Nunez came off the bench to open his account and cancel out Mitrovic’s first strike from Salah’s cross while Jordan Henderson might have won it for Liverpool in second-half stoppage time when his curled effort cannoned off the crossbar.
Speaking after the game, Liverpool’s manager, Jurgen Klopp said: “The best thing about the game was the result, that we get the point from a really bad performance on our side.
“From the start, the attitude was not right and we played into all their cards, then it is difficult to come back. When we did find some direction, we had probably better chances.
“There is massive room for improvement. We started the game completely the opposite of how we wanted to start it. We could have won but that would have been a bit too much today.”
Also reacting to the outcome of the match, Fulham’s coach, Marco Silva said: “We respect them but also we have to do our job and trust ourselves. We showed fantastic organisation and worked to our plan. The first half was almost perfect, the way we controlled the team.
“They (Liverpool) have players who can decide the game in an individual way or a collective way. In the second half, we dropped some intensity which is part of the game.
“If someone thinks Mitro is just goals, forget it. The job he did for the defence and the midfielders, the work without the ball was fantastic.”