A late Leeds strike keeps Liverpool’s top 4 ambitions at bay!
Before we get into dissecting Liverpool’s performance against Leeds United, let me make my stand very clear on the proposed European Super League.
For me, this tournament is nothing more than a financial evil that’s plaguing Europe. It’s sole purpose is to quench the monetary thirst of the owners of the 12 clubs that are working towards its inception.
Unfortunately, Fenway Sports Group, the owners of Liverpool, are also party to this evil.
If this tournament does see the light of day, the UEFA Champions League, an initiative which showcases Europe’s best slugging it out, with a part of the monies earned, ploughed towards the development of the game, will just be a shadow of itself.
Believe me, it will be a sad day for European football!
Anyway, coming back to the game last night, I was rather hopeful the Reds would surely extract a win albeit to my dismay which If I may add has been happening far too often, we witnessed a 1-1 draw.
Yes, had Liverpool won this bout, they would be right up there on number 4 in the League table, as West Ham had lost their last game and Chelsea are yet to play.
Well, this was just hope and something far from reality!
So, with yet another disappointing result for millions of Kopites, me included, lets dive into how The Whites salvaged a point at Elland Road!
Sadio Mane finally gets it right
Yes, the Senegalese ended his goal drought of not scoring in nine top flight games, his longest ever for the Reds when he slotted one home in the 31st minute.
This after receiving a terrific cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold, who made a fantastic run to get to Diogo Jota’s long through ball.
Liverpool were one-nil up, and rather lucky to survive an early scare from Leeds midfielder, Kalvin Phillips, who pounced on an error from Fabinho, but couldn’t find the right finish.
With no further drama, the first 45 came to an end.
Diego Llorente rescues Leeds United
As the second half began, Liverpool had opportunities to double their lead. Leeds’ keeper though, Illan Meslier being more than up to the task to keep Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and substitute Mohamed Salah at bay.
The drama would happen at the other end, though, with persistent offensive threats from the Whites.
Leeds threw the kitchen sink at Liverpool, with a shot from Patrick Bamford striking the cross bar and Alisson somehow managing to keep a close-range effort from Tyler Roberts out.
The hosts would finally have their chance three minutes to time as Harrison bent in a beautiful cross to Diego Llorente who strategically got himself between defender Ozan Kabak and Firmino to head the ball home six yards out.
This was the centre back’s first goal for his team and in truth couldn’t have come at a better time.
Leeds United had equalised, much to Liverpool’s disappointment, as the 90 ended.
Don’t have much to say to you Reds going forward
Well, there is a reason I write this.
If the Reds can’t capitalise in games against opponents ranked lower than them, I seriously don’t have much to say.
These are wins that can see us in the top 4, provided we want to be there.
Next up, Newcastle at Anfield, and it’s anyone’s guess what can we expect.
If that’s a victory, I would be pleasantly surprised.
Until then, my Dear Reds, in times when you have soared or unpleasantly with performances going south made us bored, as a loyal Kopite, I will always say ‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’