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Fulham v Liverpool Live Commentary, 8/6/22

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A. Mitrović (32)
A. Mitrović (72 pen)
D. Núñez (64)
Mohamed Salah (80)
Craven Cottage


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Fulham return to action against Wolves on the road next Saturday, while Liverpool host Crystal Palace at Anfield on August 15 in their next outing.
Liverpool were forced to come from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw against Fulham in their Premier League opener at Craven Cottage. The Cottagers took the lead in the first half through a Aleksandar Mitrovic header. It took the introduction of Darwin Nunez to spark Liverpool into life as he equalised in the second half. Mitrovic restored the home side's lead from the penalty spot after being fouled by Virgil van Dijk. However, Mohamed Salah kept up his incredible record on the opening day, scoring for the sixth-straight year to earn the Reds a share of the spoils.
90' + 5' OFF THE BAR! Liverpool almost win it at the death as Henderson launches a curling strike at goal from 25 yards that arcs over the hand of Rodak, but rattles the crossbar. So close for the Reds.
S. Duffy
B. De Cordova-Reid
90' + 4' De Cordova-Reid makes way for Duffy, who will shore up the Fulham defence for the final minute.
90' + 2' Mitrovic does well under pressure to take the sting out of the game. He carries the ball upfield and wins a throw-in for his team.
90' There will be five minutes of added time.
B. De Cordova-Reid
Yellow Card
90' De Cordova-Reid goes into the book for time-wasting.
T. Cairney
Andreas Pereira
89' Cairney replaces Pereira for the closing stages, who has impressed on his Fulham debut.
86' Tosin has to be alert to fend off Nunez in the final third after the forward was released over the top by Milner. Fulham are hanging on in the dying stages of the game.
84' The game is very much in the balance now. Fulham would be delighted with a point, but Liverpool have proven to be resilient this afternoon despite being far from their best.
82' Salah has scored on the opening day for the sixth season in a row.
D. Núñez
80' Nunez guides Alexander-Arnold's cross into the feet of Salah, who converts the opening.
Mohamed Salah
80' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! SALAH LEVELS AGAIN FOR LIVERPOOL!!!! 2-2!!!!! The Reds have a second equaliser with a scrappy goal as Salah converts after a scramble in the box. Alexander-Arnold floats a ball over the top for Nunez and Salah to attack. It hits Nunez and falls for Salah to poke past Rodak and into the back of the net.
80' OVER! Carvalho almost makes a huge impact on his Liverpool debut. He connects on the volley from a clearance from Alexander-Arnold's corner, only to steer his effort over the top.
Fábio Carvalho
L. Díaz
78' Diaz is withdrawn for the visitors and is replaced in the final third by former Fulham man Carvalho.
76' WIDE! Henderson works a ball over the top for Nunez to chase in the inside-right channel. He fires a half-volley at goal, but sends his attempt across the face and wide.
74' Fulham have scored from their last 3 penalties awarded in the English Premier League, last failing to score on 22nd November 2020 against Everton (which was missed by Ivan Cavaleiro).
A. Mitrović
Penalty Goal
72' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! MITROVIC CONVERTS!!!! 2-1 FULHAM!!!!!! The Cottagers restore their advantage as the Serbia international holds his nerve from 12 yards. Mitrovic fires low and hard on his right foot into the bottom-right corner away from the dive of Alisson.
71' PENALTY TO FULHAM! Mitrovic runs at Van Dijk and goes down under pressure from the Dutchman, who sticks out a leg to fell the Fulham forward. The referee points to the spot.
70' Nunez is the fifth Liverpool player to score on their Premier League debut when coming on as a substitute, and the first since Diogo Jota against Arsenal in September 2020.
69' CHANCE! Nunez wins another header in the Fulham box and Diaz pounces to fire at goal, but Tete throws his body in the way of the effort to divert it wide of the left post. Nunez is all over the Cottagers at the back.
67' OFF THE LINE! Nunez almost has a second on his debut, but Ream is on hand to clear it off the line. He latches on to a deep cross from Alexander-Arnold and fends off Tosin before scooping an effort over Rodak, but the Fulham skipper is in the right place at the right time to hack it away.
M. Solomon
N. Kebano
66' Solomon enters the action for the home side to replace Kebano in the final third.
D. Núñez
64' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! NUNEZ LEVELS FOR LIVERPOOL!!!!! 1-1!!! The Uruguayan makes a decisive impact on his Premier League debut as he succeeds with a flick at the second time of asking. Salah finds space once again down the right flank and fires a low ball into the middle of Nunez to attack. He goes for the backheel again and on this occasion is able to guide his effort past Rodak from close range.
62' CHANCE! Salah unlocks the Fulham defence with a neat one-two with Alexander-Arnold and slides a perfect low cross into the box for Nunez to attack. He goes for a backheeled effort, but Rodak spreads himself to block the strike before the Cottagers scramble away the loose ball.
60' Nunez wastes a golden opportunity in the final third as he goes for an offload to Diaz rather than a strike at goal, allowing Palhinha to make a vital interception at the back for the hosts.
J. Milner
59' Fabinho is withdrawn by Klopp as Milner enters the fold.
58' Fulham keep the pressure on and De Cordova-Reid goes for a strike from 25 yards that Alisson saves. The home side are all over the visitors at the moment.
57' OFF THE POST! Fulham are inches away from a second as Kebano hits the post. Nunez loses out to Ream and the Cottagers work the ball out to Kebano in space. He lines up a drive that beats Alisson, but clatters off the post and bounces clear.
55' Elliott loses out in the Liverpool midfield and it allows the home side to break on the counter. Pereira has space to slide in Reed, but he chooses the wrong option for De Cordova-Reid, allowing Alisson to gather.
53' Alexander-Arnold provides pressure on Ream and forces a corner down the right flank. However, Nunez is caught offside from the resulting set-piece.
D. Núñez
Roberto Firmino
51' Nunez makes his Premier League bow by replacing Firmino.
H. Elliott
Thiago Alcântara
51' Elliott enters the fold as replaces the ailing Thiago in the Liverpool midfield.
50' Klopp is preparing subs as Thiago appears to have an issue on the field. That would be a huge concern for the Liverpool manager to lose the Spaniard.
48' Pereira does well to turn away from two challenges down the left flank and offloads to Robinson. He floats a cross into the box that Van Dijk has to head clear.
46' Liverpool have failed to win any of their last six Premier League away games where they were behind at half time (D2 L4).
46' We're back under way at Craven Cottage.
Liverpool have been off the pace in the first half and deserve to be behind. Outside of Diaz's strike they've not created a great deal in the final third. Salah and Firmino have been spectators, and it might not be long before Nunez enters the action.
Fulham hold a 1-0 lead over Liverpool at the break in their Premier League clash at Craven Cottage. Aleksandar Mitrovic powered a header past Alisson after latching on to Kenny Tete's cross at the back post to notch the Cottagers' opening goal of the campaign. Liverpool almost hit back through Luis Diaz, but his effort struck the post. It has been an encouraging first half for Marco Silva and his team on their Premier League return.
45' + 1' Alexander-Arnold lifts a cross deep to the left-inside channel for Diaz to attack, but he nods his effort straight into the arms of Rodak.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
43' Alexander-Arnold ends a Liverpool attack with a careless handball in the final third. It has been that sort of half for the visitors.
41' Mitrovic has now scored 25 Premier League goals, 12 of which have been headers. It's his first goal in the competition in 472 days since netting against Aston Villa in April 2021.
39' OFF THE POST! Diaz comes within inches of a leveller for the visitors, but is denied by the woowork. Thiago threads the needle to release the forward in the left-inside channel. Diaz turns to create space for a left-footed strike, only to see his effort rattle the right post and bounce clear.
37' Alexander-Arnold switches play from right to left and Robertson bursts down the left flank. He drills a low ball across the face of goal, but no one in a red shirt is there to convert.
34' Liverpool are not happy with the award of the goal because they believe that Palhinha fouled Henderson in the build-up, but the referee nor VAR overturn the goal.
K. Tete
32' Tete makes a good run down the right flank to support Kebano and lifts a fine cross to the back post for Mitrovic to convert.
A. Mitrović
32' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! MITROVIC HEADS FULHAM IN FRONT!!!!!! 1-0!!! The Cottagers take the lead as Mitrovic plants a header into the top-left corner. Fulham break down the right flank as Kebano feeds the run of Tete and he hooks a cross to the back post. Mitrovic rises above Alexander-Arnold and powers his header past Alisson.
31' Kebano keeps the pressure on the visitors and he goes for a powerful drive that just evades Mitrovic in the middle.
31' BLOCK! Robinson clips a dangerous cross into the Liverpool box from the left flank that is deflected back to Reed. The midfielder goes for a first-time blast, but Robertson puts his body on the line to make an important block.
29' Rodak sends Fulham on a quick counter down the left flank and De Cordova-Reid wins a corner off the legs of Henderson covering back.
28' Liverpool win their first corner off the game that is cleared as far as Henderson, but he sees his blast from the edge of the box charged down.
26' The contest is beginning to get a little frantic in the middle of the park as both teams battle for control. Both the hosts and the visitors have committed niggly fouls.
24' CHANCE! Pereira sends a good cross into the Liverpool box that the visitors fail to clear. Palhinha collects and goes for a blast from the edge of the box that deflects off Matip and wide of the right post.
23' WIDE! Salah has his first sighter at goal as he latches on to Alexander-Arnold's cross, but he heads well wide of the right post. Henderson was placed behind the forward and lets his team-mate know that he was the better option there.
22' Diaz and Robertson combine down the left flank to allow the Scot to clip a cross to the back post, but Robinson makes a vital clearing header to prevent it reaching Salah at the back post.
20' Liverpool are beginning to string passes together to force the Fulham press backwards. The Reds will have to be patient this afternoon.
18' Alexander-Arnold presses down the right flank and angles in a cross towards Firmino, forcing Tosin to act with a boot into touch.
K. Tete
Yellow Card
17' Tete slides in hard on Diaz from behind and goes into the book.
16' Salah finds space down the right flank and he tries to pick out Diaz at the back post, but Tosin is on hand to clear the danger.
14' Diaz has the ball in the back of the net, but the goal is disallowed for offside as Robertson was well beyond the last man in the build-up. Encouragement for Liverpool.
11' The press from Fulham has been excellent in the middle of the park. Thiago and Henderson have not been able to bring Diaz and Salah into the game yet.
9' Silva will be encouraged by his side's start to the contest. They've not allowed Liverpool to settle in the early stages.
7' Thiago spots space in behind the Fulham line for the run of Salah, but he overhits his long ball down the right flank out for a throw-in.
6' Robinson works an offload down the left flank towards Pereira, who makes a break into the box. He clips a cross towards Mitrovic, but Matip acts in the middle to clear behind for a corner.
3' Kebano collects on the right flank and he whips a cross into the box towards the middle, but it flashes across the face of goal and travels out. The offside flag is raised late anyway, but Fulham have started brightly.
1' WIDE! Mitrovic pounces on a mistake from Alexander-Arnold and surges into the Liverpool box. He shoots on his left foot, but drags his attempt wide of the right post.
1' We're under way at Craven Cottage.
Fulham were unbeaten across both Premier League games against Liverpool in 2020-21, drawing 1-1 at home and winning 1-0 at Anfield. Despite suffering relegation that season, the Cottagers’ four points against the Reds was their joint-most against an opponent (also four v Sheffield United and West Brom).
Alisson returns from injury after missing the Community Shield and replaces Adrian between the posts. There's no spot in the starting line-up for Nunez as Klopp retains the Firmino, Salah and Diaz front three from the off. Former Fulham man Carvalho starts on the bench alongside Nunez.
Silva hands Fulham Premier League debuts to two new signings this afternoon. Palhinha and Pereira start in the midifeld, with the former earning his first appearance in the English top flight. Mitrovic leads the line for the Cottagers supported by Pereira, Kebano and De Cordova-Reid. Silva keeps faith in the Tosin and Ream partnership ahead of Duffy, while Rodak gets the nod ahead of the recently-signed Leno. Harry Wilson is absent with a knee injury, which could keep him sidelined for two months.
LIVERPOOL SUBS: Joe Gomez, James Milner, Adrian, Harvey Elliott, Darwin Nunez, Fabio Carvalho, Stefan Bajcetic, Sepp van den Berg, Luke Chambers.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Luis Diaz.
FULHAM SUBS: Shane Duffy, Tom Cairney, Manor Solomon, Bernd Leno, Rodrigo Muniz, Kevin Mbabu, Tyrese Francois, Luke Harris, Jay Stansfield.
FULHAM (4-2-3-1): Marek Rodak; Kenny Tete, Tosin Adarabioyo, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson; Harrison Reed, Joao Palhinha; Bobby De Cordova-Reid, Andreas Pereira, Neeskens Kebano; Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Liverpool fell narrowly short of the Premier League and Champions League crowns last season, losing out to Manchester City by a point in the title race and suffering a narrow defeat to Real Madrid. Jurgen Klopp will have his team prepared for another assault on four fronts this term and has already made a statement with an impressive 3-1 win over City in the Community Shield. All eyes will be on new signing Darwin Nunez in the final third after the club allowed Sadio Mane to leave for Bayern Munich, although Nunez will have to wait for his first taste of action as he starts from the bench.
Fulham returned to the Premier League at the first attempt following their relegation in the 2020/21 season. Marco Silva orchestrated a run to the Championship title behind a free-scoring team, including Aleksandar Mitrovic's incredible haul of 43 goals. The Cottagers have not been overly indulgent in the transfer market, perhaps learning lessons from their past forays. However, moves for Joao Palhinha, Andreas Pereira, Bernd Leno and a loan deal for Shane Duffy provide experience and flair.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage.