Salah saves Liverpool from shock loss

English Premier League

Liverpool needed to come from behind twice to force a 2-2 draw against Fulham in their Premier League opener on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Alisson Becker was the Reds' only alteration from last weekend’s FA Community Shield win over Manchester City, as former Manchester United man Andreas Pereira debuted for Fulham.

Marco Silva’s side displayed pressure on the half-hour mark and closed-in to the lead from a close-range corner-kick by Pereira which flashed against the side-netting.

The host's resolve paid dividends two minutes later when Aleksandar Mitrovic leaped beyond Trent Alexander-Arnold at the back-post and headed home a surging cross.

Liverpool were very close to drawing level six minutes to halftime after Luis Diaz worked an angle from a tight angle and hit the frame of the woodwork in the process.

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As the Cottagers continued to dominate seven minutes following resumption, changes followed with Darwin Nunez in for Roberto Firmino and Harvey Elliott for the injured Thiago Alcantara.

Fulham maintained calmness a little later and nearly doubled their cushion after Neeskens Kebano’s rasping shot from the shoulder of the area hit the foot of the post.

Nunez brought the Reds level towards the final quarter when he ran unchecked in the area and flicked Mohamed Salah’s cross-field pass into the net.

It could’ve been two in two for the former Benfica marksman from a teasing effort in the box, but American Tim Ream cleared off the line.

Silva’s boys restored advantage near the last 10 minutes as Mitrovic executed from the penalty spot after he was fouled in the area by Virgil Van Dijk.

Liverpool refused to give up and levelled moments before time when Salah aided a loose pass in the heart of the area into a gaping net.

The Reds could’ve had the final say in stoppage time after Jordan Henderson’s shot hit the woodwork, as the newly-promoted Cottagers started their return to the top flight positively.

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