With Van Dijk in the base at Liverpool and Kenny Tete at Fulham, the match started with two Dutchmen at the start. Fulham got off to a great start at Craven Cottage in the first ten minutes. For example, recognized goal getter Aleksandar Mitrovic and Neeskens Kebano were already close to scoring, but Alisson Becker kept his goal clean at the time.
Still, after half an hour, the lead of home club Fulham was inevitable. After a long cross from Tete’s right, Mitrovic put his head against the ball: 1-0 and that was justified. The Serbian striker scored 43 (!) goals in the Championship for the last season Cottagersa record.
Aleksandar Mitrovic heads in the 1-0.
Liverpool not themselves
After the goal, Luis Diaz hit the intersection on behalf of Liverpool, but otherwise the reds not yet come. It was finally a sign of life. But zero attempts before halftime (crossing shot does not count) was very poor for trainer Jurgen Klopp’s team.
After rest basically the same picture. Kebano hit the inside of the post, but the ball didn’t go in. Liverpool were clearly not themselves this Saturday afternoon.
Van Dijk causes penalty
But of course Liverpool stood up. Mo Salah prepared the goal in the 64th minute, which substitute Darwin Nunez ran into: 1-1. Immediately a goal on his Premier League debut. However, in the 71st minute, Fulham were awarded a penalty. Van Dijk kicked in a feint from Mitrovic, who went to the ground. The Orange captain should not have let this happen. Mitrovic himself went behind the ball and blasted the 2-1 against the ropes.
Liverpool didn’t let it go. A cunning ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold put the leather in front of Salah via Nunez: 2-2 in the 80th minute. It did not lead to more goals, although Jordan Henderson hit the bar deep in injury time. Final score: 2-2. A result Liverpool had nothing to complain about, but certainly hadn’t counted on beforehand.
To make matters worse, Klopp saw Thiago out with a hamstring injury shortly after the break. “We are being punished for something we can’t do anything about,” Klopp said.
The German previously saw the midfielders Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drop out with injuries. Naby Keita was absent against Premier League-promoted Fulham due to illness. After the disappointing draw at Craven Cottage, Klopp was asked whether Liverpool should enter the transfer market to get a new midfielder.
“We said we don’t need a midfielder because we have enough. That is still the case, only now many are injured,” said Klopp. “That’s not a nice situation, I’m not happy with it at all. But a transfer must also be useful in the long term. I understand the questions, but we’re certainly not panicking. We also have to wait and see how serious it is at Thiago.”
Tottenham Hotspur – Southampton 4-1
The Spurs were behind early on with a goal from James Ward-Prowse, but that damage was repaired before half time. In the second act, an own goal by Mohammed Salisu and a goal by Dejan Kulusevski helped the Londoners to an excellent start to the competition.
Everton – Chelsea 0-1
Everton, which kept their heels over the ditch in the Premier League last season, received Chelsea in round 1. The Londoners, who kept Hakim Ziyech on the bench for the entire game, won 0-1 with a penalty from Jorginho in the absolute closing stages of the long stoppage time of the first half.
A lot of injury time was also added in the second half, but Frank Lampard did not see his team come back.
Bournemouth – Aston Villa 2-0
Bournemouth, freshly promoted and back at the highest level, had a dream start to the new season. Already after three minutes Jefferson Lerma scored the 1-0. Ten minutes before the end, Kieffer Moore put an end to all doubt by giving his team the crucial first three-pointer.
Leeds United – Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1
Leeds, which had barely managed to maintain itself in the Premier League last season, had to do without the Feyenoord who came over. Luis Sinisterra. That didn’t bother Jesse Marsch’s team, as it reversed an early deficit with goals from Rodrigo and an own goal from Rayan Ait-Nouri.
Newcastle United v Nottingham Forest 2-0
Newcastle welcomed Nottingham Forest, the third PhD student of this season. Newcastle had to wait almost an hour for Fabian Schar’s opening goal, but then the gate was also opened and Callum Wilson was able to quickly ensure the comfortable 2-0.
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