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Participant scores as late Salah equaliser saves sloppy Reds

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Liverpool had Mohamed Salah to thank as soon as once more as his late equaliser noticed them rescue a degree towards a spirited Fulham aspect in an enthralling 2-2 draw on Saturday.

Aleksandar Mitrovic’s first-half header was cancelled out by Darwin Nunez after the break, and Liverpool needed to come from behind as soon as once more after the Serb fired house a penalty which was at least Fulham had deserved.

Salah and Nunez mixed for the scrappiest of equalisers ten minutes from time to salvage a degree from an in any other case uninspiring efficiency from Jurgen Klopp’s aspect.

Fulham started the sport with the arrogance they performed with final season, with Mitrovic seeing a half-chance early on. It was a really sluggish begin from Liverpool, though Klopp’s males did have the ball at the back of the online quarter-hour in by way of Luis Diaz, whose good end was accurately dominated out for offside.

The Reds slowly began to search out their toes and began to ramp up the stress halfway by way of the primary 45, however Fulham navigated it nicely and regained the entrance foot with some excellent urgent and vitality in midfield.

Deservedly, the hosts took the lead 32 minutes in. Kenny Tete’s cross floated over to the far publish and was met by Mitrovic, who rose highest to go previous Alisson and into the again of the online.

Diaz wasn’t far off responding shortly after as he struck the publish from a decent angle, and though they ended the primary half on high, Liverpool may don’t have any complaints in regards to the scoreline.

The second half started with a hamstring damage for Thiago, an early introduction for summer time signing Nunez and extra of the identical from Fulham, who seemed like that they had an additional participant on the pitch at occasions.

Neeskens Kebano thundered towards the publish after Nunez was caught napping, earlier than Bobby De Cordova-Reid stung the gloves of Alisson.

Nunez then noticed a (probably offside) flick nicely saved by Marek Rodak, however just some minutes later, the Liverpool man got here out on high as the identical flick discovered its means into the again of the online because of a lucky ricochet involving Tosin Adarabioyo.

Tim Ream was then wanted to clear off the road to disclaim Nunez an instantaneous second, with the substitute rising into the sport with every passing minute.

Nonetheless, simply as Liverpool seemed to be gaining management, they had been awarded a penalty after a slipshod foul from Virgil van Dijk on Mitrovic, who stepped as much as crash house from the spot and restore Fulham’s lead.

Former Fulham starlet Fabio Carvalho wasn’t far off an equaliser as he despatched a volley narrowly over the crossbar, however Salah did the job with ten minutes to go. Some turmoil within the field noticed Salah and Nunez stumble their means into an open objective and the Egyptian could not miss.

Liverpool pushed for an equaliser and thought they’d discovered it as Jordan Henderson’s lengthy drive crashed towards the bar, however Fulham held on to earn a degree which was the least they deserved.

Andreas Pereira

Fulham had been glorious all through / JUSTIN TALLIS/GettyImages

GK: Marek Rodak – 7/10 – Snug along with his fingers and made a superb lengthy cross as much as Pereira to alleviate some stress. Actually composed.

RB: Kenny Tete – 7/10 – A beautiful cross for Mitrovic’s opener. Not all the time snug up towards Diaz however did sufficient to upset the winger.

CB: Tosin Adarabioyo – 7/10 – His go-go-gadget-legs had been completely in all places. The type of efficiency Van Dijk can be pleased with.

CB: Tim Ream – 8/10 – Obtained into some glorious positions to assist double up on Salah. Marshalled his defence with actual class.

LB: Antonee Robinson – 8/10 – Clung to Salah like his life relied on it and obtained some excellent outcomes.

DM: Harrison Reed – 7/10 – Buzzed round with sensible vitality that was an excessive amount of for Liverpool’s midfield to deal with.

DM: Joao Palhinha – 8/10 – Battled for all the pieces from the primary whistle. Dominated in midfield and appears like he could possibly be a shocking signing.

RM: Neeskens Kebano – 7/10 – Completely happy to drop again to assist Tete, even when his defending wasn’t all the time as much as scratch. Good and disciplined.

AM: Andreas Pereira – 7/10 – Wonderful from set items and impressed along with his motion.

LM: Bobby De Cordova-Reid – 7/10 – Obtained into lots of good positions down the left. Finish product wasn’t all the time there however he can nonetheless be very blissful along with his efficiency.

ST: Aleksandar Mitrovic – 9/10 – Led the road with high quality. Gave Liverpool’s again line loads of issues.

SUB: Manor Solomon (66′ for Kebano) – 6/10 – Got here on at a difficult time and did not get the prospect to strut his stuff. Did nothing unsuitable.

SUB: Tom Cairney (89′ for Pereira) – N/A

SUB: Shane Duffy (94′ for De Cordova-Reid) – N/A

Supervisor: Marco Silva – 9/10 – Approached this recreation completely. Maybe ought to have launched some extra vitality off the bench however had the difficult job of avoiding disrupting Fulham’s good work.

Darwin Nunez

Nunez was an actual risk / Julian Finney/GettyImages

GK: Alisson – 5/10 – Maybe ought to have achieved higher with Mitrovic’s header. Did not look sharp.

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5/10 – Had no house to affect the sport in assault and was clearly focused on the again. Flattened by Mitrovic for the opener. A pleasant cross for Salah’s late equaliser.

CB: Joel Matip – 5/10 – Had a tough time towards Mitrovic, whose physicality was an excessive amount of.

CB: Virgil van Dijk – 5/10 – Positioning wasn’t nearly as good as you’d anticipate. Actually clumsy for the penalty.

LB: Andy Robertson – 5/10 – Performed a bit too informal at occasions. Did not get pleasure from Fulham’s vitality.

DM: Fabinho – 4/10 – Seemed drained. Fulham’s stress and dedication was far an excessive amount of for him.

CM: Jordan Henderson – 5/10 – One other of those that could not match the velocity of the sport. Supplied little or no at both finish of the pitch aside from a late thunderbolt which struck the bar.

CM: Thiago – 5/10 – Struggled as he wasn’t given time to select a cross. Seemed uncomfortable and limped off with a muscle damage simply minutes into the second half.

RW: Mohamed Salah – 6/10 – Could not escape Robinson and Ream for almost all of the sport however when he did discover some house, managed to make an influence with some good crossing for Nunez. Knew nothing in regards to the objective.

ST: Roberto Firmino – 3/10 – You would be forgiven for forgetting he was even enjoying.

LW: Luis Diaz – 6/10 – Diaz was Liverpool’s solely hope within the first half. Did his greatest to pull his aspect in direction of one thing.

SUB: Harvey Elliott (51′ for Thiago) – 6/10 – Gave a pleasant enhance to issues straight after approaching however did not make an excessive amount of of an influence.

SUB: Darwin Nunez (51′ for Firmino) – 7/10 – A sluggish begin however finally settled and adjusted the sport. Obtained into so many good positions.

SUB: James Milner (59′ for Fabinho) – 6/10 – His vitality was an enormous a part of Liverpool’s try and get again into the sport.

SUB: Fabio Carvalho (78′ for Diaz) – 6/10 – Had just a few good moments.

Supervisor: Jurgen Klopp – 6/10 – One thing wasn’t proper within the first half however Klopp’s introductions of Milner and Nunez had been good.

Participant of the Match – Aleksandar Mitrovic

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