Liverpool could only manage a draw at Fulham on the opening Saturday of the English Premier League season while Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur made winning starts to the new campaign.
Liverpool had to come from behind twice to cancel out goals from Fulham‘s Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic with new signing Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah on target in the 2-2 draw for Juergen Klopp’s side.
Spurs also went behind, at home to Southampton, but then Antonio Conte’s side cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Saints.
A penalty on the stroke of halftime from Jorginho was enough to give Chelsea a hard-fought 1-0 win at former favourite Frank Lampard’s Everton.
Nottingham Forest‘s return to the top flight after a 23-year absence ended in a 2-0 loss at Newcastle United with Fabian Schar scoring a screamer before Callum Wilson sealed the win.
There was a better start for another promoted side, Bournemouth, who beat Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa 2-0 with goals from Jefferson Lerma and Kieffer Moore.
Leeds United, who battled against relegation last season, had a new look with four debutants and enjoyed a 2-1 win at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
And on Friday night, Arsenal began their 2022-23 EPL season with a 2-0 victory over London rivals Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
2021-22 English Premier League Champions Manchester City will start their title defence at West Ham United on Sunday while Dutch manager Erik ten Hag takes charge of Manchester United for the first time against Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford still on Sunday.