Liverpool’s winners, losers and ratings as Nunez delivers but Mitrovic rattles Van Dijk

Aleksandar Mitrovic

He scored only four times in his last Premier League campaign, but after 43 goals in the Championship last term, all eyes were on Mitrovic to see if he could carry that form into the new season.

He could, needing a little over half an hour to open his account with a towering back-post header.

His tail up, he remained a menace afterwards, worrying Virgil van Dijk into conceding a penalty 19 minutes from time, which he then stepped up to convert coolly.

Other than that, this was an accomplished performance from the Serbia international, who ruffled Van Dijk and Joel Matip throughout and led the line superbly for Marco Silva’s side.

Darwin Nunez

It hasn’t taken long for the Uruguayan to show what he is all about. Having scored off the bench in last weekend’s Community Shield win over Manchester City, Nunez was at it again here.

Replacing Roberto Firmino early in the second half, the 23-year-old immediately brought a threat that had previously been lacking. He grabbed Liverpool’s equaliser, albeit in somewhat fortuitous fashion, and then got the assist for Salah’s late strike.


His ability to create chaos in and around the penalty area is already clear. He can tidy himself up, for sure, and will need time to read his teammates’ moves and tendencies, but Nunez’s potential is huge.

Liverpool needed him here.

Mohamed Salah

Another day, another record, for this relentless goalscoring machine.

For the sixth year in a row, Liverpool’s Egyptian King marked the opening day of the Premier League season with a goal.

Fulham may have thought, with some justification, that they had handled Salah pretty well for an hour, but you can’t keep the Reds’ No.11 quiet for long, and by the time the final whistle came, he had written his name all over another game.

He set up his side’s first goal, sliding in a perfect cross for Nunez to – eventually – force home at the near post, and then picked up one for himself, a poacher’s effort after Nunez’s touch fell to him in the box.

Whatever Liverpool achieve this season, Salah will have a huge role to play again.

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