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Liverpool’s Premier League title challenge got off to a slow start as the Reds were held 2-2 to newly promoted Fulham, while Tottenham lived up to their pre-season hype by beating Southampton 4-1 on Saturday.

Chelsea also got off to a winning start as Jorginho’s penalty resulted in a 1-0 win over Everton.

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Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool’s best part of the day was the result as the Champions League finalists had to come in from behind twice at Craven Cottage.

Aleksandar Mitrovic maintained his stunning form from last season in the Championship, when the Serbian defeated Trent Alexander-Arnold to lead Fulham to a deserved lead before halftime.

The introduction of Darwin Nunez in the second half brought Liverpool to life and the Uruguayan scored his first Premier League goal since a €75m ($77m) transfer from Benfica to level.

Mitrovic restored Fulham’s lead from the penalty spot after being stumbled into the area by Virgil van Dijk.

But Mohamed Salah ensured that Liverpool didn’t start the season with a defeat by shooting into an empty net from Nunez’s pass.

“We actually started exactly the other way around than we wanted,” said Klopp. “We’re used to more dominance and we’ve never been able to get that because we just weren’t playing well enough, not fast enough, not precise enough.”

TOPSHOT - Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez celebrates after scoring their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage in London on August 6, 2022. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) /
TOPSHOT – Liverpool’s Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez celebrates after scoring their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage in London on August 6, 2022. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) /Source: AFP

– Tottenham’s title dream –

By contrast, Tottenham had a dream start to the campaign to spark hopes that they could compete for a first league title in 61 years.

The Spurs also fell behind after just 12 minutes with an attack by James Ward-Prowse from the edge of the box, but the response from Antonio Conte’s men was emphatic.

The goals to turn the game around before halftime came from unlikely sources as Ryan Sessegnon and Eric Dier went home.

Mohammed Salisu then passed the ball into his own net for a comical own goal on the hour.

Dejan Kulusevski rounded out the score with a cool and precise finish in the far corner to put the Spurs at the top of the table over Arsenal.

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“We should be happy because this showed that the path is the right one, but at the same time we are just getting started,” said Tottenham coach Antonio Conte, who was supported with six new signings.

“Now we have to move on. We need to know that with the work we can improve and become stronger than last season.” Chelsea were less impressive at Goodison Park, but did enough to get a winning start against an Everton side that was dulled by the absence of the injured Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Unlike the Euro 2020 final shootout, Jorginho defeated Jordan Pickford from the penalty spot in the ninth minute of added time at the end of the first half due to an injury to Ben Godfrey.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Callum Wilson of Newcastle United celebrates scoring their side’s second goal during the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest at St James Park on August 06, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

– Newcastle’s flying start –

Newcastle may not have delivered the big names many in the transfer market expected, but the Magpies did business on the pitch to spoil Nottingham Forest’s return to the English top league with a 2-0 win.

Forest has shown even more than Newcastle so far with 12 new signings, but learned a lesson in quality improvement to the Premier League at St James’ Park.

Fabian Schar’s sensational attack opened the scoring before Callum Wilson’s predatory finish sealed the three points.

Bournemouth also went on to win Aston Villa 2-0, dispelling the pre-season gloom following a lack of transfer activity.

Jefferson Lerma got the Cherries off to a great start after just three minutes and Kieffer Moore added a second 10 minutes from time.

Leeds shrugged on the loss of Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha over the summer when they defeated Wolves 2-1 at Elland Road.

Daniel Podence had shot Wolves into an early lead, but Jesse Marsch’s men fought back impressively.

Rodrigo fired from a tight angle just before an own goal from Rayan Ait-Nouri decided the game 16 minutes before time.

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