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5 things we learned as Liverpool draw 1-1 with Leeds United

Liverpool drew 1-1 at Leeds United on Monday evening. It was a very strange night for the Reds.

Klopp’s tough spot

Jurgen Klopp faced inevitable questions before the game after Liverpool announced themselves as founding members of the European Super League. It wasn’t an easy one for him.

After all, his bosses made this decision.

But Klopp made it clear that he’s against the plans. He doesn’t see the competition involved and is not in favour.

It won’t be the last time he has to step before cameras to answer such questions. It is abhorrent that those who actually made the decision refuse to.

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Back to his best

Trent Alexander-Arnold picked up an assist for Liverpool’s goal, setting up Sadio Mane. It’s his third goal or assist in three Premier League games.

That’s something he hasn’t done for 18 months, when he went six consecutive games with at least one goal or assist. It’s a sign that the Scouser is in form we haven’t seen for a little while.

And it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Finally

Speaking of goals and assists, Mane hit the back of the net. It’s the first time he’s managed it in the Premier League since the end of January.

It wasn’t a tough goal, nor did he have to do a lot. But he found the right position to score – something he hasn’t been doing recently.

Naturally, we’re going to hope this can rejuvenate Mane. Liverpool could really do with his best right now.

Same old

We’ve seen this one before. Liverpool didn’t do enough going forward and then paid the price by dropping points.

Leeds picked up a late goal to secure a 1-1 draw with Liverpool. They deserved at least that in the second half, though.

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A shame, given the first half, and a blow in the top four race.

Does it matter?

We honestly don’t know if this result means anything. Liverpool should be chasing a top four spot and Champions League football.

However, clubs involved in the ESL face expulsion from UEFA competitions. In that case, are Liverpool even playing for anything?

But then, maybe they’ll like that. Playing football without a sense of competition is apparently the way to go. The future of football, if you will.

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