Premier League takeaways: Liverpool in Fulham hands, Americans shine for Leeds, Tottenham dominate

After Arsenal resumed the Premier League on Friday with a 2-0 victory over Crystal, the first full day of league action on Saturday had all the action you could want. It started with an upset, followed with the Americans making waves, a defender scoring an outright goal and it ended, well maybe the less said about the way it ended the better as Everton and Chelsea played a bitter and grueling 1- 0 wins for Thomas Tuchel’s men. Let’s go for some takeout.

Liverpool needs Núñez to rescue a point

The Premier League got underway again in typical style on Saturday with a 2-2 draw between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage. Nunez started the run on his full debut recording a goal and an assist with Mohamed Salah at the other end of each, but it was a mistake by Virgil van Dijk that would cost him dearly.

Jurgen Klopp’s men took their time getting going and it was the newly promoted hosts who took the lead with a header from Aleksandar Mitrovic. Part of an early second-half double switch for Liverpool saw Darwin Nunez make his debut and it didn’t take long for the Uruguayan to draw the Reds level. The parity only lasted less than 10 minutes, however, as Mitrovic doubled his tally from the penalty spot and left the visitors beaten. Mitrovic was losing the ball but a penalty was awarded and confirmed after a VAR review.

Nunez came to the rescue with nine minutes to go as he encouraged Mo Salah to level and maintain his incredible scoring record in all six games for Liverpool on opening day. Ultimately, it was a point won by Klopp’s men as Fulham outclassed them on many occasions, while Marco Silva’s Cottagers will be heartened by his energetic performance. With most of their new signings on the bench from the start, it’s a great result to start the season and a great pillar going forward.

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

Chelsea rescued by Abdoulaye Doucouré

A clumsy penalty conceded by Abdoulaye Doucouré made the difference as Chelsea beat Everton 1-0 on opening day. Frank Lampard’s side lined up well, and despite being short on strikers, they were able to hang out with Chelsea as the Blues struggled to start their season. Everton were dealt another injury hit just 18 minutes into the match when Ben Godfrey left the match on a stretcher after a lengthy delay. Considering that he had his leg immobilized, he doesn’t look good. He was eventually replaced by Mason Holgate.

From there, both teams were missing a true number nine, but it was Everton who did better as Anthony Gordon led the charge. Everton knew how to create chances on the counterattack but the final ball did not arrive. Ben Chilwell scored a penalty before the break when Doucouré put both hands on his shirt as he walked down into the area. Jorginho didn’t mince words and finished off the penalty to give Chelsea the lead.

The second half was similar to the first, but Everton will be the happiest team for that. Amadou Onana was in the crowd watching how he will be in Everton’s midfield sooner rather than later after they agreed a deal with Lille, but for Chelsea, even with Armando Broja on the pitch, they were missing a proper nine. Raheem Sterling filled in, but he’s better from the wing despite his great work rate in the box.

He was brilliant together with Kalidou Koulibaly in his debut on Saturday, but most of the team did not shine together 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 box and wasted his chance. Lots of work to be done for each team in a match that ended up taking nearly 110 minutes due to several stoppages in each half.

Aston Villa overturns in a worrying way against Bournemouth

Bournemouth picked up an unexpected three points on the opening day of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over an abject Aston Villa at the Vitality Stadium. The Cherries were up after just three minutes when Jefferson Lerma fired home after Lloyd Kelly headed in a Marcus Tavernier corner kick while Lucas Digne was off the Villa pitch.

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

Villa were hardly in the races and rarely threatened with Danny Ings, John McGinn and Boubacar Kamara coming closer without really threatening on the away side. While Aston Villa had 15 shots and two-thirds of possession, they only managed 0.66 expected goals. It’s not great in every way. Next up for Bournemouth is defending champions Manchester City, while Villa are at home to Everton with much more to look forward to after an impressive summer transfer window.

Newcastle scores the goal of the day against Nottingham Forest

Thanks to a strong performance from Dean Henderson, the game couldn’t get completely out of hand, but Ryan Yates missed out as Steve Cooper’s side struggled to maintain a presence in midfield. The Tricky Trees made just five shots and were the only promoted team not to score at least one point on Saturday. Brennan Johnson was isolated only touching the ball 20 times while Newcastle rolled. The Magpies made 20 shots with Callum Wilson and Fabian Schar scoring goals and Schar’s was a success.

Leeds mount comebacks behind USMNT stars

The Americans took center stage for Leeds as they came back after conceding Wolverhampton early and walked away with a 2-1 victory. Brenden Aaronson may not officially get credit for the goal, but that won’t stop him from claiming it as Jesse Marsch’s side start the season off right.

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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