Liverpool falter, Tottenham impress in EPL openers

LONDON (AP) — While Liverpool make their English Premier League debut, Tottenham have shown they may be ready to make another move under Antonio Conte.

Liverpool had to come from behind twice to salvage a 2-2 draw at promoted Fulham on Saturday, thanks largely to new signing Darwin Nunez, after a performance that Jurgen Klopp acknowledged was the team’s standards. was much less than

Tottenham also conceded an early goal, but came back roaring to seal a 4–1 home win against Southampton after an impressive performance, which indicated Spurs needed a full offseason under Conte. The latter is well-crafted, who took over as manager last November.

Newcastle, Leeds and Bournemouth also won their league openers, while Everton hosted Chelsea in the late game.

At Craven’s Cottage, Fulham threatened to make a major upset as Alexander Mitrovic put the hosts ahead twice against Liverpool. But Nunez came off the bench to score one goal and set up the other for Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool nearly scored all three points when Jordan Henderson hit the crossbar in injury time with a long-range shot, but even Klopp agreed that a win would be undesirable.

“The start of the game was really bad for us,” Klopp said. “No direction, no positivity, no opening, no breaking lines, nothing you have to do.”

It was a different story in North London, where Tottenham reacted brilliantly when they went back in the 12th minute.

Ryan Sessegon and Eric Dier put Spurs in front of halftime and Southampton defender Mohamed Salibu scored a comical goal in the 61st minute as he tried to get the ball out of the line. Dejan Kulusewski made a stellar performance two minutes later, slotting in for fourth.

Newcastle beat newcomer Nottingham Forest 2–0 when Fabian Schaar eventually broke the deadlock in the 58th with a shot in the top corner from outside the field, and Callum Wilson added another.

Leeds’ 2–1 win over Wolverhampton at home had a distinctly American flavor.

American international Brendan Aarons played a key role in the winning goal as he ran to meet a cross from Patrick Bamford, although it was credited as a goal by defender Ryan Ait-Noori himself, who received a touch on the ball.

Aaronson and fellow American international Tyler Adams made their debut for Leeds, which is managed by American coach Jesse Marsh.

Goals from Jefferson Lerma and Kiefer Moore helped promoted Bournemouth beat Aston Villa 2-0.

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