Fulham 2-2 Liverpool: Mitrovic brace not enough as debut boy Nunez & Salah both on targets, Reds salvage 1 point on opening day

Welcome to Apex Football’s live coverage of this Premier League match between Fulham and Liverpool. Newly-promoted Fulham face a tough test in their first game of the season, hosting title hopefuls Liverpool.

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FT Fulham 2-2 Liverpool

It finishes honours even at Craven Cottage as the referee blows for the full-time whistle. A four-goal thriller in west London sees Fulham produce a shock result to hold Liverpool to a draw.

Marco Silva’s side looked impressive in a fearless display and striker Aleksandar Mitrovic netted a brace to get his Premier League tally off the mark. New Liverpool signing Darwin Nunez also scored to give the Reds’ record signing a huge confidence boost, while Mohamed Salah carried over last season’s fine form to earn Jurgen Klopp’s side a point.

Liverpool hit the bar!
90+4′ Fulham 2-2 Liverpool

The Reds hit the woodwork for the second time this afternoon. A tremendous strike from captain Jordan Henderson beats Rodak but crashes against the bar.

Fulham change
88′ Fulham 2-2 Liverpool

A standing ovation at Craven Cottage as new signing Andreas Pereira makes way for Tom Cairney.

Liverpool searching for a winenr
85′ Fulham 2-2 Liverpool

Liverpool are on the hunt for a winning goal. The hosts are struggling to get out of their own half as a host of red shirts flood forward.

Liverpool level!
80′ Fulham 2-2 Liverpool

Mo Salah scores for Liverpool! The Egypt international loves scoring on the opening day of the season and taps the ball past Rodak to give Klopp’s side a lifeline.

Carvalho on against former side
78′ Fulham 2-1 Liverpool

New Liverpool recruit Fabio Carvalho replaces Luis Diaz to make his Premier League debut against former side Fulham.

Mitrovic converts from the spot!
72′ Fulham 2-1 Liverpool

Mitrovic converts the penalty and puts Fulham back in front! The Serbian striker has had no qualms with the step up to the top-flight thus far…

Penalty to Fulham!
71′ Fulham 1-1 Liverpool

Fulham are awarded a penalty after Virgil van Dijk brings down Mitrovic in the box. What an opportunity for the hosts!

Nunez equalises for the Reds!
64′ Fulham 1-1 Liverpool

Liverpool are level and it’s that man Darwin Nunez! Mohamed Salah fizzes a pass across the Fulham box and Nunez flicks it towards goal into the back of the net. We’re level with less than 30 minutes remaining.

Liverpool mix-up
60′ Fulham 1-0 Liverpool

Liverpool look destined to score as they have a two-man advantage in the Fulham box. Nunez tries to be selfless and pass the ball across the area rather than pulling the trigger, but his pass is blocked and cleared.

Double substitution for the Reds
46′ Fulham 1-0 Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp makes two changes as Harvey Elliott and club-record signing Darwin Nunez enter the fray. The pair replace Roberto Firmino and Thiago, as the latter is forced off through injury.

Back underway
46′ Fulham 1-0 Liverpool

No changes made from either side at half-time. Fulham get us back underway in the sunshine.

Half-time at Craven Cottage
HT: Fulham 1-0 Liverpool

Half-time at Craven Cottage, with Fulham leading Liverpool 1-0. The hosts were the brighter of the two sides in the opening 30 minutes and took a deserved lead via Mitrovic’s powerful header. The Reds have been on top since the goal and struck the woodwork through Diaz’s shot but have a lot of work to do in the second half.

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Two added minutes
45′ Fulham 1-0 Liverpool

The fourth official indicated that there will two minutes added on at the end of the first half.

Diaz strikes the woodwork
40′ Fulham 1-0 Liverpool

Liverpool move the ball well across the edge of the box before Diaz takes the ball past Tete. With the tightest of angles, the Colombian international is able to fire a shot towards goal which strikes the woodwork and rebounds back into the box.

Liverpool press for an equaliser
36′ Fulham 1-0 Liverpool

Liverpool are inches away from drawing level. Robertson finds space inside the box and fires the ball across the face of the goal. The onrushing Luis Diaz slides in to turn the ball into the net but is unable to get on the end of the cross.

Sensational Header from Mitrovic!
32′ Fulham 1-0 Liverpool

The hosts take a surprise lead at Craven Cottage and you have to say, it’s deserved. Tete overlaps Kebano before the full-back sends a delightful cross into the back post towards Mitrovic. The Serbian striker rises above Alexander-Arnold to powerfully head the ball into the back of the net. Fulham are ahead!

Fulham corner
29′ Fulham 0-0 Liverpool

Rodak collects the ball and shows quick-thinking to play a searching ball towards Andreas Pereira. The Brazilian presses extremely well and is rewarded with a corner for his side as Joel Matip is forced to clear his lines.

Ironic cheers
27′ Fulham 0-0 Liverpool

Ironic cheers erupt around Craven Cottage as referee Andrew Madley signals a foul on Mitrovic. Many of the Fulham players felt that they should have been awarded a free-kick in an earlier passage of play.

Salah heads over
23′ Fulham 0-0 Liverpool

The Reds work the ball well down the right and Alexander-Arnold delivers a cute cross into the Fulham box. Mohamed Salah ghosts to the near post and is unmarked at the near post as he heads towards goal. But Fulham are able to breathe a sigh of relief as his effort soars over the bar.

Liverpool have settled well
20′ Fulham 0-0 Liverpool

The Reds have been on the front-foot in the last few minutes, pinning Fulham deep into their own half. With Fulham packing out the midfielde, the Reds are being forced to play wide – which is suiting Trent Alexander-Arnold. The right-back is pushing high up the pitch in his attempt to break the Cottagers’ defence down.

Liverpool have the ball in the net! But…
15′ Fulham 0-0 Liverpool

Liverpool have the ball in the back of the net but it is disallowed. Luis Diaz produced a delightful finish to give the Reds the lead but it was ruled out by an offside in the build up from Andrew Robertson.

The Cottagers are pressing
10′ Fulham 0-0 Liverpool

The hosts are finding joy down the left-hand side. It is clear that Silva has urged for his midfield players to make surging runs forward into the Liverpool box. Harrison Reed was the latest to do so as he ghosted in behind the Reds’ box before spraying a ball across the box, which was snuffed out by Alisson.

Fulham look bright
6′ Fulham 0-0 Liverpool

Marco Silva’s side have more than held their own in the opening stages of this game. New recruit Andreas Pereira has found a good few positions in the Liverpool half but his final ball has been lacking. Yet plenty of positives for the Cottagers to take so far.

Close!
4′ Fulham 0-0 Liverpool

Interesting… Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fulham’s 43-goal man from last season, spots an early opening to run into the Liverpool box and he pokes the ball wide inside the opening minute.

11:31 KICK-OFF!

Both sets of players took a knee before kick-off, and we’re under way at Craven Cottage. Excited much?!

11:30 The teams are out

It’s a glorious day down at Craven Cottage, and the sides are now out to do the pre-game honours.

Saturday football and the sun in shining… let’s do this!!

10:30 (UTC) LINEUPS CONFIRMED!

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Firmino, Diaz.

Substitutes: Gomez, Milner, Adrian, Elliott, Nunez, Carvalho, van den Berg, Bajcetic, Chambers.

Fulham XI: Rodak, Tete, Adarabioyo, Ream, Robinson, Reed, Palhinha, Reid, Pereira, Kebano, Mitrovic.

Substitutes: Solomon, Leno, Duffy, Mbabu, Cairney, Muniz, Francois, Harris, Stansfield.

That’s right!!! 76 days after Manchester City’s thrilling fightback against Aston Villa denied Liverpool the 2021-22 title, the first weekend of the new Premier League season is here.

Sure, Arsenal kicked it off on Friday with a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace, but now the 2022-23 campaign begins in earnest with six games coming right up today.

And they begin with last season’s runners-up Liverpool facing newly-promoted Fulham in the early kick-off. Then the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham are in action while Nottingham Forest make their long-awaited return to the English top flight.

Strap yourselves in folks, Premier League Saturdays ARE BACK!!

11:35 (UTC) More to follow…

Liverpool are at Craven Cottage this afternoon as they begin their Premier League campaign against Fulham, with Jurgen Klopp naming a strong starting lineup.

The Reds are already one game, one win and one trophy into the new season, but following their success in the Community Shield more pressing matters take priority.

For all intents and purposes, this is where the campaign truly begins, with Liverpool taking on the Championship winners away from home.

Despite only managing 45 minutes during pre-season due to an abdominal injury, Alisson is back in the side against Fulham.

In front of the Brazilian stands a back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson.

Fabinho takes up his usual spot as the No. 6, flanked by the duo of Jordan Henderson and Thiago.

And though he came off the bench to change the game against Man City last weekend, Darwin Nunez remains among the substitutes this afternoon.

Instead, Roberto Firmino leads the line, supported by Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz.

Nunez will almost certainly be used at some stage, however, with Klopp finally afforded the luxury of five in-game changes in the league.

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