Last season’s runaway Premier League champions vs last season’s runaway Sky Bet Championship champions – tantalising stuff. Leeds United could not have wished for a tougher start to their first Premier League campaign in 16 years.

It was a game that pitted the might of a very good Liverpool side and their excellent coach, Jurgen Klopp, against the all-out energy of Leeds United’s young upstarts and the insightful nous of the legend that is Marcelo Bielsa.

In most conversations, Leeds United fans were having, taking a point from such an encounter would have been enough for them from this hardest of opening games of the season. It was a case of almost but not quite as the Reds snatched it at the death from a very impressive Whites outfit.

The game itself

It looked as if it was going to business as usual for Liverpool on their home ground. Debutant Robin Koch handled inside the area and Mo Salah converted from the spot (4′) to give Klopp’s side an early lead. It was a lead that was short-lived as Jack Harrison off a ‘Premier League’ goal:

Liverpool took just 8 more minutes to go back in front with Virgil van Dijk (20′) punishing weak marking at a corner to power a header past Illan Meslier. It was van Dijk who went from Liverpool hero to comedy villain with an assist for Leeds United’s equaliser:

Bamford’s goal (30′) was deftly taken and dragged the Whites level but there was still enough time for Mo Salah to net his second of the game (33′) to give the home side and Premier League champions a 3-2 halftime lead.

After such a frenetic half of football, you’d be excused for the game slowing down. That it did but it was a still a game where Leeds United and Liverpool went at each other. Neither side wanted to take a backward step and the Whites continued to give a decent account of themselves.

Their continual press led to an equalising goal of true Premier League quality from Mateusz Klich (66′) with the Polish international converting neatly (below) after a run on the blind side of a defender after feeding Helder Costa with a neat pass.

Peacock and Smiley reflection

Wow. Take a deep breath and relax. Plenty of positives to take from that game. The Leeds United press and style of play worked against a Liverpool side who struggled at times to pick up runners off the ball. Also, the crisp passing and running into space brought about two of those three Leeds goals (Harrison and Klich) whilst persistence game Bamford his neat finish.

All three of Leeds United’s goals came from open play whilst the home side needed to rely upon three set-piece finishes for three of their four goals. Still, to go toe-to-toe with a side the magnitude and standing of Liverpool and only be shaded in a loss says a lot about this Leeds side.

We’ll be alright.

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