It took Darwin Núñez 13 minutes to notch his first aim within the English Premier League, nevertheless it got here on the sixty fourth minute as a result of he was introduced on as an £85m tremendous sub throughout a swirling match at Craven School that noticed Liverpool and newly promoted Fulham end in a 2-2 draw. That is the primary game of the season, so Reds followers can discover solace in that — or, you understand, repeat “It’s early” till the phrases lose that means and appear misspelled.
Nonetheless, this isn’t an overreaction put up or some teardown of Jurgen Klopp’s choice to deal with the game prefer it was a midseason, midweek fixture that may very well be gained simply by exhibiting up. Nope, not going to try this. As an alternative, let’s simply marvel at Núñez opening his LFC and EPL account within the cheekiest of trend.
I don’t care in regards to the minuscule deflections the ball took to finish up on the heel of the Uruguayan’s proper boot earlier than being expertly flicked in. That piece of talent is gross in so some ways. The person is an expert scorer. The one factor grimier than his debut aim in West London on Saturday morning was Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrović.
The Serbian big-boyed Trent Alexander-Arnold for the opening rating of the competition, a header off a looping cross, after which drew a second-half penalty within the field that earned him an opportunity from the spot, which he powered previous Allison to take a 2-1 lead.
Right here’s his first aim as a result of whenever you’re chargeable for the purpose your workforce took off of final yr’s EPL and Champions League runners-up, you deserve some flowers.
Mo Salah was capable of equalize a couple of minutes later, extending his opening-fixture scoring streak to 6. Aside from a Jordan Henderson Hail Mary that hit the highest of the body, Liverpool didn’t threaten once more as the house workforce was content material taking part in for, and incomes, a well-deserved draw.
After the game, Klopp gave a meandering response for leaving his costly new toy out of the beginning 11.
If the parallels of this week’s Neighborhood Defend win over Man Metropolis and subsequent brainfart in opposition to a lesser opponent weren’t so spot on from final season, I wouldn’t level them out. The Reds take down the unrelenting machine for a non-major trophy after which take their eye off the ball simply lengthy sufficient to get smacked within the face with it.
The EPL race got here down to some extent a season in the past, and Liverpool will in all probability be within the all-too-familiar place of trying up at Man Metropolis within the standings after Sunday, however that’s neither right here nor there. It’s early, it’s early, it’s early.
Daniel Elton, senior editor at Wahu Times, writes about politics and policy with a focus on climate advocacy. Daniel previously at the New Republic and, and Self. Daniel can be reached by email.