Premier League takeaways: Liverpool held by Fulham, Americans shine for Leeds, Tottenham dominate

After Arsenal got the Premier League going again on Friday with a 2-0 win over Crystal, the league’s first full day of action on Saturday had all the action you could wish for. It started with a shock, moved on to Americans making waves, a defender who scored an all-time goal, and ended, well, maybe the less said about the way it ended, the better when Everton and Chelsea hit a sour, abrasive 1 – 0 win for Thomas Tuchel’s side. Let’s go to some takeaways.

Liverpool need Nunez to save a point

The Premier League got underway in typical style on Saturday with a 2-2 draw between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage. Nunez got off to a flying start in his full-length debut, registering a goal and an assist with Mohamed Salah on the opposite side of each, but it was Virgil van Dijk’s mistake that would have been costly.

Jürgen Klopp’s men took their time to get going and it was the newly promoted hosts who took the lead via a header from Aleksandar Mitrovic. Part of an early second half double sub for Liverpool saw Darwin Nunez make his debut and the Uruguayan didn’t take long to reach Reds level. However, the parity only lasted less than 10 minutes as Mitrovic doubled his score from the penalty spot and let the visitors suffer the defeat. Mitrovic lost the ball, but a penalty was awarded and confirmed after a VAR review.

Nunez came to the rescue with nine minutes left as he leveled Mo Salah and held on to his incredible opening day record of scoring in all six games with Liverpool. In the end, it was a point for Klopp’s men to achieve as Fulham beat them on many occasions, while Marco Silva’s Cottagers will be encouraged by their spirited performance. With most of their new signings on the bench from the start, it’s a great result to start the season with, and quite a building block for the future.

After the unexpected result, Jurgen Klopp may have to make some adjustments in the future.

Chelsea saved by Abdoulaye Doucouré

A clumsy penalty from Abdoulaye Doucouré was the difference in the game as Chelsea beat Everton 1-0 on opening day. Frank Lampard’s squad was well lined up and despite being short of strikers, they were able to hold on to Chelsea as the Blues struggled to get their season started. Everton suffered another injury just 18 minutes into the game when Ben Godfrey left the game on a stretcher after a long delay. Considering that his leg was immobilized, it doesn’t look good. He was eventually replaced by Mason Holgate.

From then on, both teams missed a real number nine, but it was Everton who coped better as Anthony Gordon led the charge. Everton could create chances on the counter, but the last ball was not there. Ben Chilwell took a penalty before half time when Doucouré put both hands on his shirt as he went down into the penalty area. Jorginho didn’t mess around as he drove home the penalty to give Chelsea the advantage.

The second half went the same way as the first, but Everton will be the happier team. Amadou Onana stood out in the crowd as sooner or later he will be in Everton’s midfield after they have agreed a deal with Lille, but for Chelsea they missed out on a real nine even with Armando Broja on the pitch. Raheem Sterling filled the role, but he is better off the wing despite his strong pace in the penalty area.

He was smart along with Kalidou Koulibaly making their debut on Saturday, but most of the team didn’t shine with them. Nathan Patterson also created a good chance for Dele Alli when he came in, but Dele didn’t know what to do with the ball in the penalty area when he lost his chance. There was a lot of work to be done for both sides in a game that ended up lasting almost 110 minutes due to several interruptions in each half.

Aston Villa rolls over against Bournemouth worryingly

Bournemouth took three unexpected points on the opening day of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over a miserable Aston Villa side at Vitality Stadium. The Cherries took the lead after just three minutes when Jefferson Lerma scored after Marcus Tavernier’s corner was headed by Lloyd Kelly, while Lucas Digne was off Villa’s field.

Bournemouth could have been two goals ahead at halftime if Kieffer Moore had played in Adam Smith’s low cross after Dominic Solanke played it in. ideal start to the new campaign and Steven Gerrard a nightmarish one.

Villa was barely present at the races and was rarely threatened with Danny Ings, John McGinn and Boubacar Kamara coming the closest without really threatening the away team. While Aston Villa had 15 shots and two-thirds of possession, they only scored 0.66 goals. Not great all around. Next up for Bournemouth are defending champions Manchester City, while Villa is at home at Everton with much better expectations after an impressive summer transfer window.

Newcastle scores goal of the day against Nottingham Forest

A strong performance from Dean Henderson prevented the game from spiraling out of control, but Ryan Yates was missed as Steve Cooper’s squad struggled to maintain a midfield presence. The Tricky Trees took only five shots and were the only promoted team not to score a run on Saturday. Brennan Johnson became isolated, hitting the ball only 20 times as Newcastle rolled. The Magpies took 20 shots with Callum Wilson and Fabian Schar scoring goals and Schar’s was quite a belter.

Leeds makes comebacks behind USMNT stars

Americans took center stage for Leeds as they came back after giving in early to Wolverhampton and walking away with a 2-1 win. Brenden Aaronson may not officially get credit for the goal, but it won’t stop him from claiming it as Jesse Marsch’s team is off to a great start to the season.

Premier League Scoreboard

Fulham 2, Liverpool 2
Bournemouth 2, Aston Villa 0
Leeds United 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
Newcastle United 2, Nottingham Forest 0
Tottenham 4, Southampton 1
Everton 0, Chelsea 1

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