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Liverpool stumble, Tottenham impress in EPL openers

LONDON (AP) — While Liverpool made a stuttering start to the English Premier League, Tottenham showed they could be ready to take another step forward under Antonio Conte.

Liverpool had to come from behind twice to salvage a 2-2 draw with promoted Fulham on Saturday, thanks in large part to new signing Darwin Nunez, after a performance Jurgen Klopp conceded fell far short of club standards. crew.

Tottenham also conceded an early goal but came back strong to claim a 4-1 win at home to Southampton after a dominating display that suggested Spurs are well gelled after a full offseason under Conte, who took over as a substitute. as manager last November.

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

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

Liverpool nearly grabbed all three when Jordan Henderson hit the crossbar in injury time with a long-range shot, but even Klopp agreed a win would have been undeserved.

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

It was a different story in north London, where Tottenham responded superbly by falling behind in the 12th minute.

Ryan Sessegnon and Eric Dier put Spurs ahead at half-time and Southampton defender Mohammed Salibu scored a comical own goal as he tried to clear the ball from the line in the 61st minute. Dejan Kulusevski capped an outstanding performance by scoring the fourth two minutes later.

Newcastle beat newcomer Nottingham Forest 2-0 after Fabian Schar finally broke the deadlock with a shot into the top corner just outside the area in the 58th, and Callum Wilson added the second.

There was a distinct American flavor to Leeds’ 2-1 win over Wolverhampton at home.

United States international Brenden Aaronson played a key role in the winning goal as he rushed to meet a cross from Patrick Bamford, although it was credited as an own goal by defender Rayan Ait-Nouri, who touched the ball.

Aaronson and fellow United States international Tyler Adams made their first start for Leeds, which is managed by United States coach Jesse Marsch.

Promoted Bournemouth beat Aston Villa 2-0 thanks to goals from Jefferson Lerma and Kieffer Moore.

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