Liverpool have shown in recent seasons that they can always just about get a result over the line. Even when they look like they’re going to drop points, when the final whistle is approaching then they are up against a stubborn defence, they still come up with the goods. The Reds did just that this weekend when they defeated an impressive Marcelo Bielsa side. Liverpool will benefit this season from Leeds United coming out and attacking the top four sides.
Liverpool surrendered the lead three times on Saturday on their way to a 4-3 win over Leeds United.
Mo Salah scored a brace of penalties with a wonderful half volley in between.
Leeds United netted a trio of impressive goals with Virgil van Dijk’s casual defending letting Patrick Bamford in for the second.
It wasn’t until the 88th minute that the tie was resolved when, on his debut, Rodrigo Moreno brought down Fabinho in the box to allow Mo Salah to seal the points.
Impressive Leeds United
There is no telling just how Leeds United will fare on their return to the Premier League.
The Yorkshire side were relegated in 2004 and haven’t returned until this season.
Bielsa’s side’s performance on the opening day has given some indication as to what they’ll be doing this season.
The Whites showed the Reds no respect, refusing to be intimidating by playing the world champions, they hounded the hosts and launched pacy, direct counter attacks.
Despite the Reds putting in a lacklustre display, Liverpool can take heart from how impressive Leeds United were.
If Jürgen Klopp is to retain the Premier League, he’ll need his rivals to drop points.
Leeds United playing how they did yesterday indicates that they’ll be determined to take points off the big sides and if they keep those performance levels up they may well do that.
The Reds have one of the strongest defences in Europe, sure they were sloppy yesterday, but the Yorkshire side should surely give other defences cause for concern later in the season.