Takeaways from the Premier League: Liverpool held by Fulham, Americans shine for Leeds, and Tottenham dominate

 Takeaways from the Premier League: Liverpool held by Fulham, Americans shine for Leeds, and Tottenham dominate

Takeaways from the Premier League: Liverpool held by Fulham, Americans shine for Leeds, and Tottenham dominate

Following Arsenal's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Friday, the Premier League's first full day of action on Saturday had everything you could want. It began with an upset, progressed to Americans making waves, a defender scoring an absolute peach of a goal, and ended, well, perhaps the less said about how it ended, the better, as Everton and Chelsea battled to a sour, grinding 1-0 win for Thomas Tuchel's side. Let's get to the main points.


Nunez must save a point for Liverpool.

The Premier League returned to action on Saturday with a 2-2 draw between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage. Nunez made an immediate impact in his full debut, scoring and assisting with Mohamed Salah on the other end of each, but it was Virgil van Dijk's error that proved costly.


Jurgen Klopp's side took their time getting started, and it was the newly promoted hosts who took the lead thanks to Aleksandar Mitrovic's header. Darwin Nunez made his debut for Liverpool as part of an early second-half double change, and the Uruguayan did not take long to bring the Reds level. However, the visitors were defeated after less than 10 minutes when Mitrovic doubled his tally from the penalty spot. Mitrovic was losing the ball when a penalty was awarded and confirmed by VAR.

Nunez came to the rescue with nine minutes remaining, teeing up Mo Salah to equalize and maintain his incredible opening day record of scoring in all six Liverpool games. Ultimately, Klopp's men earned a point as Fulham outfought them on numerous occasions, while Marco Silva's Cottagers will be encouraged by their spirited performance. With the majority of their new signings on the bench from the start, it's a great way to start the season and a solid foundation for the future.


Following the unexpected result, Jurgen Klopp may need to make some adjustments going forward.


Chelsea was rescued by Abdoulaye Doucouré.

Chelsea defeated Everton 1-0 on opening day thanks to a clumsy penalty conceded by Abdoulaye Doucouré. Frank Lampard's team lined up well, and despite a lack of forwards, they were able to keep up with Chelsea as the Blues struggled to get their season started. Everton were dealt another blow only 18 minutes into the game when Ben Godfrey was taken off on a stretcher after a lengthy delay. It doesn't look good given that he had his leg immobilized. Mason Holgate eventually took his place.


From there, both teams were missing a true number nine, but Everton fared better as Anthony Gordon led the attack. Everton created chances on the counter, but the final ball was missing. Ben Chilwell was awarded a penalty before halftime after Doucouré went down in the box with both hands on his shirt. Jorginho wasted no time in converting the penalty to give Chelsea the lead.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, but Everton will be pleased. Amadou Onana was in the crowd watching as he will be in the Everton midfield soon after they agreed to a deal with Lille, but Chelsea were missing a proper nine even with Armando Broja on the pitch. Despite his strong work rate in the box, Raheem Sterling is better from the wings.


He shone brightly alongside Kalidou Koulibaly in their debuts on Saturday, but the rest of the team did not. When Nathan Patterson entered, he created a good chance for Dele Alli, but Dele didn't know what to do with the ball in the box and fluffed his chance. There was a lot of work to be done for each team in a game that ended up lasting nearly 110 minutes due to various stoppages in each half.

Aston Villa's performance against Bournemouth is concerning.

Bournemouth earned three unexpected points on Premier League debut, defeating a poor Aston Villa side 2-0 at Vitality Stadium. Jefferson Lerma scored after three minutes after Marcus Tavernier's corner was headed down by Lloyd Kelly, while Lucas Digne was off the pitch for Villa.


If Kieffer Moore had connected with Adam Smith's low cross after Dominic Solanke had played him in, Bournemouth could have been two goals up at the break. With 10 minutes remaining, the Wales international headed home a Kelly cross to give Scott Parker an ideal start to the new season and Steven Gerrard a nightmare.


Villa were barely at the races and rarely threatened, with Danny Ings, John McGinn, and Boubacar Kamara coming closest for the visitors but failing to threaten. Despite having 15 shots and two-thirds possession, Aston Villa only managed 0.66 expected goals. Overall, not so good. Bournemouth face defending champions Manchester City next, while Villa host Everton, with much better results expected after an impressive summer transfer window.


Newcastle scores the game's first goal against Nottingham Forest.

The game was kept in check thanks to a strong performance from Dean Henderson, but Ryan Yates was missed as Steve Cooper's side struggled to maintain a presence in midfield. The Tricky Trees only attempted five shots and were the only promoted team that failed to earn at least a point on Saturday. While Newcastle rolled, Brennan Johnson was isolated, only touching the ball 20 times. The Magpies had 20 shots, with Callum Wilson and Fabian Schar scoring goals, one of which was a belter.

Leeds mount comebacks in the shadow of USMNT stars

Americans took center stage for Leeds as they rallied after falling behind early to Wolverhampton and won 2-1. Brenden Aaronson may not receive official credit for the goal, but that won't stop him from claiming it as Jesse Marsch's team gets off to a good start.


Premier League Standings

Fulham 2 vs. Liverpool 2 vs. Bournemouth 2 vs. Aston Villa 0 vs. Leeds United 2 vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

Tottenham 4, Southampton 1 Newcastle United 2, Nottingham Forest 0

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