Liverpool kicked off their 2022/23 campaign with Saturday's early fixture as the Merseyside giants traveled to Fulham for their opening game of the new season.
But despite beating Manchester City 3-1 to win the Community Shield, Jurgen Klopp's men were met with a tough test at Craven Cottage as the newly-promoted London side nearly came away with a win against the FA Cup holders.
From the first whistle, the Reds struggled against Marco Silva's men, with Aleksandar Mitrovic giving his side a first-half lead after leaping above Trent Alexander-Arnold to head the ball past Alisson after half-an-hour of play. The Serbian striker, who was awarded Man of the Match, went on to get a brace, scoring a penalty in the second-half after being fouled by Virgil van Dijk in the box.
In fact, it looked like Liverpool were headed for an opening day defeat at one point. However, when you have Mohamed Salah in your lineup, you will always have hope. The Egyptian superstar came to his team's rescue once more, setting up the first of two equalizers, which was netted by Darwin Nunez just after the hour mark, while scoring the other.
Salah's 81st-minute goal not only rescued the visitors a point, but it also saw him set several records, both in the Premier League and at his club. First of all, this was the sixth straight season in which the former Roma ace scored in the opening game of the campaign, extending the record he set last year at five.
Last year, Mohamed Salah became the first player in Premier League history to score in FIVE consecutive opening weekend fixtures:— William Hill (@WilliamHill) August 6, 2022
Now he's the first to do it in six. pic.twitter.com/fpuhiCuOg7
Additionally, the 30-year-old has equaled the record for most goals scored in the opening weekend of a new Premier League season, which is eight, joining a who's who list of English top-flight icons such as Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard, and Wayne Rooney.
Most Premier League goals scored on the opening weekend:— Squawka (@Squawka) August 6, 2022
8 - Mohamed Salah
8 - Alan Shearer
8 - Wayne Rooney
8 - Frank Lampard
Mo is inevitable. pic.twitter.com/DKlKfjb23O
And finally, Salah equaled Michael Owen's all-time goalscoring record for Liverpool across all competitions while overtaking the Englishman's tally in the Premier League alone despite playing fewer games so far. In terms of the English top-flight, Mohamed is now only two goals away from leapfrogging Steven Gerrard and is only 10 away from becoming the club's all-time top scorer in the league.
Salah has equaled Owen's all-time Liverpool goalscoring record...
Mo Salah now level with Michael Owen in LFC all-time ranking - 158 goals pic.twitter.com/UUsNz0CDtu— AS USA (@English_AS) August 6, 2022
But has overtaken his Premier League goalscoring numbers
Most PL goals for Liverpool— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) August 6, 2022
128 Robbie Fowler
120 Steven Gerrard
119 MOHAMED SALAH
118 Michael Owen pic.twitter.com/mkBfQfhVuG