It took Darwin Núñez 13 minutes to notch his first objective within the English Premier League, but it surely got here on the 64th minute as a result of he was introduced on as an £85m tremendous sub throughout a swirling match at Craven Faculty that noticed Liverpool and newly promoted Fulham end in a 2-2 draw. That is the primary recreation of the season, so Reds followers can discover solace in that — or, you realize, repeat “It’s early” till the phrases lose which means and appear misspelled.
Nonetheless, this isn’t an overreaction put up or some teardown of Jurgen Klopp’s resolution to deal with the sport prefer it was a midseason, midweek fixture that might be gained simply by displaying up. Nope, not going to do this. As an alternative, let’s simply marvel at Núñez opening his LFC and EPL account within the cheekiest of vogue.
I don’t care in regards to the minuscule deflections the ball took to finish up on the heel of the Uruguayan’s proper boot earlier than being expertly flicked in. That piece of talent is gross in so some ways. The person is knowledgeable scorer. The one factor grimier than his debut objective in West London on Saturday morning was Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrović.
The Serbian big-boyed Trent Alexander-Arnold for the opening score of the contest, a header off a looping cross, and then drew a second-half penalty in the box that earned him a chance from the spot, which he powered past Allison to take a 2-1 lead.
Here’s his first goal because when you’re responsible for the point your team took off of last year’s EPL and Champions League runners-up, you deserve some flowers.
Mo Salah was able to equalize a few minutes later, extending his opening-fixture scoring streak to six. Other than a Jordan Henderson Hail Mary that hit the top of the frame, Liverpool didn’t threaten again as the home team was content playing for, and earning, a well-deserved draw.
After the game, Klopp gave a meandering response for leaving his expensive new toy out of the starting 11.
If the parallels of this week’s Community Shield win over Man City and subsequent brainfart against a lesser opponent weren’t so spot on from last season, I wouldn’t point them out. The Reds take down the unrelenting machine for a non-major trophy and then take their eye off the ball just long enough to get smacked in the face with it.
The EPL race came down to a point a season ago, and Liverpool will probably be in the all-too-familiar position of looking up at Man City in the standings after Sunday, but that’s neither here nor there. It’s early, it’s early, it’s early.