LONDON ( Associated Press) – Uruguay’s Darwin Nez made his debut with a goal and an assist on Saturday as Liverpool drew 2-2 with newly promoted Fulham in the Premier League opener.
Alexander Mitrovic put Fulham forward twice, but Nunez showed why Liverpool spent so much money getting him from Benfica during the off-season.
In the 64th minute, Nunez received a low cross from Mohamed Salah and sent it into the net with a skillful strike for 1-1. Then it was he who assisted Egypt for the second tie at 81. On that occasion Nunez tried to control a high cross, but the ball fell in the way of Salah, who only had to touch the net.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson nearly scored the winning goal in injury time, but his shot from a distance hit the crossbar.
Mitrovic opened the scoring in the first half with a header over Trent Alexander-Arnold receiving a cross from the right and converting a penalty in the 72nd minute after being brought down by Virgil van Dijk.
Fulham had the lead in the 57th minute when Nieskens Cabano’s shot hit a post.
Fulham manager Marco Silva said: “What a great opportunity for Cabano, if he had scored the second goal the game would have been completely different, but I really enjoyed it.” “Our first half was almost perfect.”
The draw counts as a setback for Liverpool, who are looking to clinch the Premier League title after being one point behind Manchester City last season.
“The start of the match was really bad for us,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. “No direction, no positivity, no opening, no line overrun, nothing to do.”
Klopp chose not to field Nez in the starting squad, despite the fact that Uruguay made an excellent impression in pre-season games and won a Community Shield match over City, the Premier League champions and the FA, the previous Weekend. Roberto Firmino started, but Liverpool’s attack increased the pressure when Nez came on for Brazil.