Mohamed Salah's hat-trick sees Liverpool past Leeds in Premier League classic

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Mo Salah is the first Liverpool player to score a hat-trick in the opening game a league season since John Aldridge against Charlton in 1988-89.

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.

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-ArnoldSubstituted forMatipat 89′minutes
  • 12Gomez
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 8KeitaSubstituted forFabinhoat 58′minutes
  • 14HendersonSubstituted forJonesat 66′minutes
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 11Salah
  • 9FirminoBooked at 76mins
  • 10Mané

Substitutes

  • 3Fabinho
  • 7Milner
  • 13Adrián
  • 17Jones
  • 18Minamino
  • 27Origi
  • 32Matip

Leeds

  • 1Meslier
  • 2Ayling
  • 5Koch
  • 21Struijk
  • 15Dallas
  • 23Phillips
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forRobertsat 62′minutes
  • 43KlichSubstituted forShackletonat 81′minutes
  • 22Harrison
  • 9BamfordSubstituted forRodrigoat 62′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Poveda-Ocampo
  • 10Alioski
  • 11Roberts
  • 13Casilla
  • 20Rodrigo
  • 46Shackleton
  • 49Casey

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