Leeds United made a dramatic return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence as they produced a magnificent display only to lose to a late penalty in a thriller against champions Liverpool at Anfield.
Liverpool, back in action after winning their first title in 30 years, led three times but were pegged back on each occasion by Marcelo Bielsa’s fearless side before this superb match was settled by hat-trick hero Mohamed Salah’s spot-kick.
Leeds looked to be leaving Anfield with a fully deserved point only for new £30m striker Rodrigo, on as a substitute, to produce a shocking challenge on Fabinho in the 88th minute, leaving Salah to give Liverpool victory after a serious scare.
Salah made it a nightmare start for last season’s Championship winners when he drilled home a penalty in the fourth minute after his shot was handled by another Leeds new boy, Germany defender Robin Koch.
Leeds produced the perfect response as Jack Harrison drilled a low right-foot shot past Alisson only for poor defending to allow Virgil van Dijk to restore Liverpool’s advantage as he headed in Andy Robertson’s corner.
Van Dijk was badly at fault when he gifted Patrick Bamford Leeds’ second before a searing strike from Salah completed the scoring in a chaotic first half.
In a game which also contained four disallowed goals, Leeds were not to be brushed aside and were level again after 66 minutes when a perfect first touch and volley from Mateusz Klich flashed past Alisson.
Man of the match Salah had the final word, however, after that reckless late challenge from Rodrigo.
More to follow.
- 66Alexander-ArnoldSubstituted forMatipat 89′minutes
- 4van Dijk
- 8KeitaSubstituted forFabinhoat 58′minutes
- 14HendersonSubstituted forJonesat 66′minutes
- 9FirminoBooked at 76mins
- 17Hélder Costa
- 19HernándezSubstituted forRobertsat 62′minutes
- 43KlichSubstituted forShackletonat 81′minutes
- 9BamfordSubstituted forRodrigoat 62′minutes
Match ends, Liverpool 4, Leeds United 3.
Second Half ends, Liverpool 4, Leeds United 3.
Rodrigo Moreno (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Joel Matip (Liverpool).
Attempt blocked. Robin Koch (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips with a cross.
Substitution, Liverpool. Joel Matip replaces Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Goal! Liverpool 4, Leeds United 3. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Penalty conceded by Rodrigo Moreno (Leeds United) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Liverpool. Fabinho draws a foul in the penalty area.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jamie Shackleton.
Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sadio Mané.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Robin Koch.
Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution, Leeds United. Jamie Shackleton replaces Mateusz Klich.
Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Curtis Jones.
Robin Koch (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Curtis Jones (Liverpool).
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Mateusz Klich.
Attempt blocked. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.
Attempt missed. Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.