LONDON — Liverpool’s new signing Darwin Nunes came off the bench to score one goal and set up another on Saturday as the Reds salvaged a 2-2 draw against promoted Fulham in the first round of the Premier League.
Aleksandar Mitrovic put Fulham twice ahead at Craven Cottage as Marco Silva’s side threatened to cause serious trouble, but Nunes showed exactly why Liverpool spent big to put Uruguay ahead of Benfica this off-season.
Nunes first met a low cross from Mohamed Salah with a deft back-heel into the top of the net to make it 1-1 in the 64th minute, then assisted his Egyptian team-mate to score the second equalizer in the 81st. This time Nunes tried to control a high cross into the box, but instead the ball fell into the path of Salah, who just slotted home.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson then came close to winning after injury time when his long-range shot hit the post.
Mitrovic headed in the first-half opener, rising above Trent Alexander-Arnold at the far post to meet a cross from the right, before converting a penalty in the 72nd minute after being brought down by Virgil van Dijk.
Fulham also had a chance to make it 2-0 in the 57th when Neeskens Kebano hit the post with a shot from the right side of the box after a quick attack.
The draw will still count as a setback for Liverpool, who are looking to regain the Premier League title after finishing one point behind champions Manchester City last season.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has opted not to start Nunes despite the newcomer impressing in pre-season and scoring in last weekend’s Community Shield win over City. Roberto Firmino was instead given a start up front, but Liverpool’s attack clicked into a higher gear after Nunes came on for the Brazilian.