After Arsenal got the Premier League back underway on Friday with a 2-0 win over Crystal, the leagues first full day of action Saturday had all the action you could want. It started with an upset, proceeded to Americans making waves, a defender scoring an absolute peach of a goal, and ended, well, maybe the less said about the way it ended the better as Everton and Chelsea played out a sour, grinding 1-0 win for Thomas Tuchel’s side. Let’s get to some takeaways.
The Premier League got back underway in typical style on Saturday with a 2-2 draw between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage. Nunez hit the ground running in his full debut registering a goal and an assist with Mohamed Salah on the other end of each but it was a mistake from Virgil van Dijk that would prove costly.
Jurgen Klopp’s men took their time to get going and it was the newly promoted hosts who went ahead through Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header. Part of an early second half double change for Liverpool saw Darwin Nunez make his debut and the Uruguayan did not need long to pull the Reds level. Parity only lasted less than 10 minutes, though, as Mitrovic doubled his tally from the penalty spot and left the visitors facing defeat. Mitrovic was losing the ball but a penalty was awarded and confirmed after a VAR review.
Nunez came to the rescue with nine minutes remaining as he teed up Mo Salah to level and keep up his incredible opening day record of scoring in all six fixtures with Liverpool. Ultimately, it was a point gained by Klopp’s men as Fulham outfought them on many occasions while Marco Silva’s Cottagers will be heartened by their spirited showing. With most of their new signings on the bench from the start, it’s a great result to kick off the season, and quite a building block moving forward.