Greece left-back Kostantinos Tsimikas was one of the absentees for Liverpool as they opened their Premier League campaign this season with a disappointing 2-2 draw with hosts Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday. The Greece international had earlier been ruled out of the game due to injury.

Tsimikas has been the second choice left-back since he signed for Liverpool from Olympiakos in Greece a few years ago. He would be hoping to push first choice Andy Robertson more in the race for the left-back spot in the starting XI.

Scotland international skipper Robertson started the Fulham game as the first choice left-back, but he struggled to impose himself on the game which ended in a share of the spoils. Robertson and his teammates had to come from behind on two occasions to rescue a draw.

Newly promoted team Fulham gave a good account of themselves against Liverpool who are one of the top two teams for the Premier League title alongside holders Manchester City. Fulham took a slender lead into the halftime interval thanks to the header from Serbian star Aleksandar Mitrovic. The former Newcastle United player scored the lone goal in the first half on 32 minutes.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp sent on new signing Darwin Nunez six minutes into restart in place of Roberto Firmino. Klopp wanted a change in the scoreline with his team trailing by a lone goal. Nunez was sent on to make the situation right and he did just that with his equaliser on 64 minutes off a Mohamed Salah assist. Fulham regained the lead inside eight minutes before Nunez and Salah combine again for the second Liverpool goal scored by the Egyptian star. Salah scored from close range to secure a point for his team with ten minutes left on the clock. At the end of the day, it was two points dropped rather than a point gained for Liverpool.


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