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Aleksandar Mitrovic skins Virgil van Dijk to win crucial penalty as Fulham frustrate Liverpool

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Aleksandar Mitrovic skins Virgil van Dijk to win crucial penalty as Fulham frustrate Liverpool

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored a brilliant brace as Fulham held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw in their first match back in the Premier League.

Last season's Championship winners produced a magnificent performance to frustrate Jurgen Klopp's side in Saturday's early kick-off.

Mitrovic put Fulham ahead with a powerful header in the first half before second-half substitute Darwin Nunez levelled the match for Liverpool on his competitive debut for the club.

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The Reds looked like they might go on to take control of the match but were dealt a hammer blow with 20 minutes to go when Mitrovic was awarded a penalty after being brought down in the area by Virgil van Dijk.

It was the first time Van Dijk had been dribbled past by an opponent and conceded a penalty in a single Premier League game since joining Liverpool.

Mitrovic stepped up to calmly slot his penalty past Alisson, putting the home side on course for an unlikely win.

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But Liverpool fought back to equalise late on, Nunez setting up Mohamed Salah to score on the opening day for the sixth season in a row.

The Reds came close to a dramatic winner in the fourth minute of injury time but Jordan Henderson's superb strike struck the bar as Fulham claimed a deserved point.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp showed his appreciation for Mitrovic's performance at full-time, playfully slapping the Serbian on the cheek while shaking hands on the pitch.

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Fulham fans were also impressed with Mitrovic, who has carried over his excellent form from last season when he scored an incredible 43 goals in the Championship.

"Mitrovic such a good player. Excellent holding the ball and will score plenty of goals this season," wrote one fan on Twitter.

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Another added: "Mitrovic's hold up play has been superb.. incoming double figures for goals this season I'm almost certain."

Featured Image Credit: BT Sport

Topics: Football, Fulham, Premier League, Virgil Van Dijk, Liverpool

Rory O'Callaghan
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