Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Fulham did not go to plan, but things could have been a lot worse without the contributions of Darwin Núñez, who once again impressed.
Liverpool’s £85million summer signing came off the bench with his side 1-0 up, before equalizing the score and setting up Mohamed Salah for the Reds’ second equaliser.
Núñez’s cameo aside, it was a bewildering performance from Liverpool, who have now failed to beat Fulham in their last three league meetings.
Here’s how the media rated Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage.
Núñez saved the day, now you have to trust him from the start
The echo‘s Ian Doyle believes that Jurgen Klopp will have to release Núñez sooner rather than later.
“A goal and an assist, a bit, in both, Núñez has not been able to do more from the bench in his first two games. Firmino’s starting position already looks precarious.
“Liverpool were not ready for this afternoon. But as Klopp said before the game, Núñez is ready for the Premier League. The Reds cannot keep him on the bench for long.”
GOAL‘s Neil Jones he believes the Uruguayan still has some adjusting to do, but his potential is there for everyone.
“His ability to create chaos in and around the penalty area is already clear.
“Sure he can be organized, and he will need time to read the movements and tendencies of his teammates, but Núñez’s potential is enormous.
“Liverpool needed him here.”
The independent‘s Miguel Delaney he noted how Núñez’s introduction also brought joy to Salah.
“In contrast to Firmino who often disappears and appears in space, Núñez offered a gravitational push of his own.
“He drew the ball every time, but also three Fulham defenders. That had the multiplier effect of freeing up Salah as well, which was where the equalizer came from.”
There was also some praise match of the day presenter, that the Uruguayan will undoubtedly score many goals for the Reds.
Darwin Núñez draws for @lfc. Very clear, just from this goal, that he will score a lot. The movement of a goalscorer.
—Gary Lineker? (@GaryLineker) August 6, 2022
More injuries and ‘wrong attitude’ – not the start Liverpool wanted
Jones He also honed in on Liverpool’s ever-growing injury list, with Thiago the latest to pick up a problem on Saturday.
“Another game, another injury. There are now 10 first-team players on Liverpool’s sidelines, with Thiago Alcantara the latest to drop.
“Klopp’s squad, when everyone is available, is extremely strong, but at the moment it looks very thin, which does not bode well ahead of such a grueling campaign.”
The echo‘s Paul Gorst highlights Klopp’s post-match comments suggesting players’ attitude was ‘wrong’
“The Reds were nowhere near their collective best in the capital as Marco Silva’s Championship winners showed what they are all about with a performance full of heart and desire that dragged Liverpool into the sort of dog fight they are usually so good at dodging.
“When the manager questions the application of this group of players, it’s a big sign that things haven’t gone as planned.”
The guardian‘s Sachin Nakrani he thinks it could be time for Harvey Elliott to trust the starting eleven again.
Liverpool are without midfielders with Thiago injured. On a positive note, Harvey Elliott looks set to replace him in the starting XI. Very smart and creative use of the ball by him again today. He could pick up where he left off last year, before the injury.
— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) August 6, 2022
The telegraph‘s Sam Dean he rightly gives some credit to Fulham, who were very difficult to break down.
“The first game of the season is not the time to draw conclusions, but there were two obvious lessons here.
“The first is that Marco Silva’s Fulham look set to fight for survival this season as they look to avoid another divisional change in May.
“The second is that Liverpool didn’t get going – they were far from their best, especially in a heavy first half.”
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