LONDON (AP) — While Liverpool have had a rough start in the Premier League, Tottenham has shown it may be ready to take another step forward under Antonio Conte.
Liverpool had to trail twice to a 2-2 draw with advanced Fulham on Saturday, thanks in large part to new signing Darwin Nunez, after Jurgen Klopp conceded his The performance was well below the standard of the team.
Tottenham also conceded an early goal but made a strong comeback in a 4-1 home win over Southampton, suggesting that Tottenham have had a tough time in Conte, who took over as manager in November. Good performance after a full offseason.
Newcastle, Leeds and Bournemouth also won in the league opener, while Everton host Chelsea late in the game.
At Craven Cottage, Fulham threatened to create a big upset as Aleksandar Mitrovic twice put the hosts ahead of Liverpool. But Nunes scored one goal off the bench and another for Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool took almost all three points when Jordan Henderson hit the crossbar from long range in stoppage time, but even Klopp agreed the victory was not worth it.
“The start of the game was really bad for us,” Klopp said. “No direction, no motivation, no openness, no disconnection, nothing you have to do.”
In north London, things were different, with Tottenham trailing in the 12th minute.
Ryan Sessegnon and Eric Dier put Spurs in the lead at half-time, with Southampton defender Mohamed Salib scoring a ludicrous own goal in the 61st minute as he tried to clear the ball. Two minutes later, Dejan Kulusevski came on in the fourth quarter to cap off a stellar performance.
Newcastle beat newcomers Nottingham Forest 2-0, with Fabian Schal hitting the top corner from outside the box in the 58th minute to break the deadlock and Callum Wilson scoring the second.
Leeds United’s 2-1 home win over Wolverhampton has a distinct American flavor.
United States international Brendon Aronson played a key role in the winning goal as he rushed forward to meet Patrick Bamford’s cross, although defender Rayan Ait-Nouri dismissed it as he touched the ball For own goal.
Aaronson and U.S. international Taylor Adams made their first start for Leeds, which is managed by U.S. coach Jesse Marsch.
Newly-promoted Bournemouth beat Aston Villa 2-0 thanks to goals from Jefferson Lerma and Kiefer Moore.
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