Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool owe their point against Darwin Nunez after the new signing changed the game at Craven Cottage.
The Reds traveled to west London in what many thought would be a stroll, but an Aleksandar Mitrovic brace earned Fulham a 2-2 draw with the Reds.
The Serbian striker put Marco Silva’s side ahead with a first-half header before Nunez leveled the game just after the hour mark.
That scoreline lasted just eight minutes before Mitrovic put Fulham ahead from the penalty spot and then Mohamed Salah salvaged the game again for the Reds.
While Klopp was delighted to see his side escape Craven Cottage with a point, the Liverpool boss believes their new £85m signing got them out of jail.
He told talkSPORT: “A striker is massively dependent on deliveries and we haven’t played well.
“Yeah, we had those times and Mo [Salah] found a way when the service was good and yes Darwin helped a lot.
“Without Darwin, we would probably have no reason.”
Klopp added: “It was a very bad game from us. I didn’t like our start, our start was bad and we fought in the game but it never looked easy for us.
“It was too much in the hands of Fulham. We lost the ball where they wanted us to lose the ball and there were too many situations where they could have a good feeling and we could have a bad feeling. We had the biggest chances, but we missed them.
“We had the momentum for five minutes, Darwin equalized which was good but then we conceded the penalty which again made it difficult.
“The best thing about the game was the result. One point here for this performance is good.
Meanwhile, Fulham boss Marco Silva is adamant his side deserved more than a draw.
He told talkSPORT: “For us it’s easy to understand why our players were the way they were after the game.
“In the dressing room they were happy with the performance, but disappointed with the result because we were almost there for the three points but only got one.
“We are happy with it because we deserved more than that, but we showed a great attitude, a great commitment because there were good football moments too and we are happy with that.”
Bet365: Bet €10 Get €50 Free Bets* – CLAIM HERE
Paddy Power: Bet £5 via the talkSPORT EDGE app with Paddy Power and get a £5 free bet – available to all customers* – CLAIM HERE
Sky Bet: Over 2.5 goals in each of 6 Premier League games on Saturday August 6 (was 33/1) @ 40/1 – CLAIM HERE
Bet365: account opening offer. Bet €10 and get €50 free bets for new customers at bet365. Minimum deposit requirement. Free bets are paid out as bet credits and can be used when settling qualifying bets. Minimum odds, betting and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude wagering bet credits. Deadlines and terms and conditions apply 18+ Begambleaware.org
Paddy Power: Place a bet on £5 sports betting via the talkSPORT EDGE app between 1st and 31st August. Get a €5 free bet on the Monday following your qualifying bet. Terms and conditions apply. 18+ Begambleaware.org
SEE MORE FREE BET OFFERS HERE