Premier League Takeaways: Liverpool host Fulham, Americans shine for Leeds, Tottenham dominate

After Arsenal reclaimed the Premier League on Friday with a 2-0 win over Crystal, the first full day of the league on Saturday had all the action you could want. It started with an upset, the Americans made waves, a defender scored an absolutely peachy goal and it ended well, to say the least about the way it ended, as Everton and Chelsea grinded to a 1-1 draw. 0 wins for Thomas Tuchel. Let’s get to some takeaways.

Liverpool need Nunez to salvage a point

The Premier League resumed in typical fashion on Saturday with a 2-2 draw between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage. Nunez registered a goal and an assist on his full debut with Mohamed Salah at the other end of each, but it was a mistake by Virgil van Dijk that proved costly.

Jurgen Klopp’s men took their time getting going and it was the newly promoted hosts who went ahead through Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header. Darwin Nunez made his debut as part of an early second-half double change for Liverpool and the Uruguayan didn’t need long to pull the Reds level. The tie lasted less than 10 minutes, however, as Mitrovic doubled his tally from the penalty spot to send the visitors into defeat. Mitrovic lost the ball, but a penalty was awarded and upheld after a VAR review.

Nunez came to the rescue with nine minutes remaining to equalize Mo Salah and continue his incredible opening day record of scoring in all six matches with Liverpool. In the end, Marco Silva’s Cottagers will be delighted with their spirited display as Fulham were outplayed by Klopp’s men on several occasions. With most of their new signings from the start, it was a great result to start the season and a building block moving forward.

After the unexpected result, it is possible Jurgen Klopp A few changes need to be made going forward.

Chelsea were bailed out by Abdoulaye Dougouré

A clumsy penalty by Abdoulaye Doukoure was the difference in the game as Chelsea beat Everton 1-0 on the opening day. Frank Lampard’s side lined up well and despite being short forward, they managed to hang with Chelsea as the Blues struggled to get their season going. Everton suffered another injury 18 minutes into the match as Ben Godfrey left the match on a stretcher after a long delay. Considering he was immobile, that didn’t look good. He was eventually replaced by Mason Holgate.

From there, both teams were missing a true number nine, but Everton coped well with Anthony Gordon leading the attack. Everton managed to create chances on the counter but the final ball just wasn’t there. Ben Chilwell drew a penalty just before half-time when Doucoray had both hands on his shirt as he went down in the box. Jorginho scored a penalty that did not go in Chelsea’s favour.

The second half went much like the first, but Everton will be the happier team about it. Amadou Onana looks set to be in the Everton midfield in the crowd after they agreed a deal with Lille, but for Chelsea, they are missing a proper back nine even with Armando Broza on the pitch. Raheem Sterling filled the role, but despite his strong work rate in the box he was better off the wing.

He shone alongside Kalidou Koulibaly on Saturday’s debut but most of the team didn’t shine alongside him. Nathan Patterson also created a good chance for Dele Alli, but Dele didn’t know what to do with the ball in the box as he squandered his opportunity. Each side had plenty of work to do in a match that clocked in at nearly 110 minutes due to various stoppages in each half.

Aston Villa curled up anxiously against Bournemouth

Bournemouth secured an unexpected three points with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa at the Vitality Stadium on the opening day of the Premier League. The Cherries went ahead three minutes later as Jefferson Lerma fired home when Marcus Tavernier’s corner was brought down by Lloyd Kelly when Lucas Digne was off the pitch for Villa.

Bournemouth could have been two goals up at the break if Kiefer Moore had connected with Adam Smith’s low cross after Dominic Solange had played him in. In the end it was two when Scott Parker headed home Kelly Cross with 10 minutes remaining. Great start to the new campaign and Steven Gerrard is a nightmare.

Villa were rarely in the races and Danny Ings, John McGinn and Boupacar Kamara went very close without actually threatening the away side. Despite Aston Villa having 15 shots and two thirds of possession, they only scored 0.66 Expected Goals. Not great all around. Next up for Bournemouth are reigning champions Manchester City, while Villa are at home to Everton and are expected to do well after the summer transfer window.

Newcastle scored against Nottingham Forest

Thanks to a strong performance from Dean Henderson, the match never completely got out of hand, but Ryan Yates missed out as Steve Cooper’s side struggled to maintain a presence in midfield. The Tricky Trees took just five shots and were the only graders not to score at least one point on Saturday. Brennan Johnson was singled out with just 20 touches of the ball when Newcastle rolled around. Callum Wilson and Fabian Schaar scored the goals and the Magpies took 20 shots and Schaar was quite the belter.

Leeds mount back behind USMND stars

The Americans bounced back from an early defeat to Wolverhampton to take center stage for Leeds, and came away with a 2-1 win. Brendan Aronson may not have officially received approval for this goal, but that’s not going to stop him from claiming it. Jesse Marsh’s side are starting the season in the right way.

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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