This weekend Liverpool once again did just enough as they beat Leeds United in the opening game of the club’s title defence. The Reds couldn’t have had tougher opponents for their first game of the season, despite a lacklustre performance it was still an impressive win for Jürgen Klopp’s side.

Liverpool couldn't have had tougher first opponents than Leeds United.

Liverpool couldn’t have had tougher first opponents than Leeds United. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Anfield chaos

The first half of the first game of the Premier League season for the Reds was utter chaos.

Mo Salah put the hosts ahead after just four minutes when he converted a penalty he won off the arm of Robin Koch.

Jack Harrison struck back with a wonder goal on 12 minutes, a few good touches taking him away from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez.

Virgil van Dijk decisively put the Reds back into the lead with a thumping header on 20 minutes.

Ten minutes later hero turned villain as Virgil casually let Patrick Bamford in for an equaliser.

The Whites’ resolve didn’t last long, three minutes later Salah fired one into the top corner, finishing instinctively to put the Reds 3-2 ahead.

Mateusz Klich equalised on 66 minutes with a smart finish before the Egyptian King converted a penalty with just a couple of minutes remaining.

 

Nightmare opponents

There could have been no tougher opponent for Jürgen Klopp to face on the opening day.

Liverpool haven’t played Leeds United in well over a decade, they’ve certainly never come across them under Marcelo Bielsa.

The mercurial Argentinian gaffer is admired, revered and feared by coaches around the world. He knows how to win big games, he very nearly did just that this weekend.

Jürgen Klopp would have much rathered playing Leeds United after he’d seen them take on other Premier League opposition.

To an extent, the Reds were heading into the unknown by playing the Whites on the opening day. Other teams now have the benefit of analysing the Yorkshire side’s performance at Anfield.

To still come away with the win when facing a dogged, determined and overall unpredictable Leeds United side, is an impressive feat from Liverpool.

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