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- 2nd Half
- Salah (P)88'
- 1st Half
- van Dijk20'
- Salah (P)4'
Liverpool - Leeds United
Premier League - 12 September 2020
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- End of 2nd Half
FT: Liverpool 4-3 Leeds. Salah's treble leads the Reds to victory after the newly-promoted Whites had levelled on three occasions. The Merseysiders' title defence is up and running but Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds earned many more admirers this evening.
Four minutes added.
- OffTrent Alexander-ArnoldLiverpool
- OnJoel MatipLiverpool
LIVERPOOL CHANGE: Matip on for TAA.
That's really hard on Leeds. They have been superb today. But Liverpool so often find a way. That's why they are PL champions.
- Goal by penaltyMohamed SalahLiverpool
GOAL! Salah slams in his hat-trick from the spot with a cool finish into the corner.
PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL! Fabinho tripped.
Bielsa is pacing on the touchline. His side are close to a superb result. Liverpool are pressing.
- OffMateusz KlichLeeds United
- OnJamie ShackletonLeeds United
LEEDS CHANGE: Shackleton on for Klich.
Van Dijk chests and volleys home at the far post from a right-wing corner - but the referee chalks it off for a foul by Jones.
Salah cuts in from the right and lays it neatly into the path of Wijnaldum, who sees his shot well blocked.
Phillips curves a 25-30 yard free kick just wide of the far post. Leeds believe they can win this.
- Yellow cardRoberto FirminoLiverpool
A former Reds isn't too impressed by Liverpool's defending today. He's no doubt not alone!
Salah arrives on the edge of the box on the volley, but flashes over on his right peg.
- GoalMateusz KlichLeeds United
GOAL! It's 3-3! Klich takes a pass on the run into the box and volleys a sumptuous shot into the far corner.
- OffJordan HendersonLiverpool
- OnCurtis JonesLiverpool
LIVERPOOL CHANGE: Jones on for Henderson.
- OffPatrick BamfordLeeds United
- OnRodrigoLeeds United
LEEDS CHANGES: Rodrigo and Roberts on for Bamford and Hernandez.
Dallas with a surging run into the left side of the box. He drills a low cross into the six-yard box, where Alisson does well to parry. Liverpool continue to look unsettled at the back.
- OffNaby KeïtaLiverpool
LIVERPOOL CHANGE: Fabinho on for Keita.
Another let off for Liverpool. Harrison makes a dart in-behind Liverpool's high line. He's through on Alisson and lobs the keeper. TAA races back but heads into his own net. He looks aghast - but then relieved as the flag is up for offside. VAR confirms it. Still 3-2.
DID YOU KNOW? Leeds have never lost their first game of a Premier League season, winning five and drawing seven. The Whites last began a top-flight season with a defeat in 1981, when they were thumped 5-1 at Swansea.
Van Dijk attacks another corner but this time he can't guide his header on target.
Leeds respond but Bamford sees a speculative drive from 25 yards easily blocked.
SAVE! Meslier does well to push away Wijnaldum's close-range shot after Firmino had cut it back from the right.
- 2nd Half
KICK OFF! Leeds get us back underway. Will we get more of the same after an exhilarating first period? Fingers crossed!
- End of 1st Half
HT: Liverpool 3-2 Leeds.
Two minutes added. Replays showing a Leeds penalty shout. Costa went down as Salah moved to challenge him. Nothing doing for the visitors though.
VIDEO: Bamford nets Leeds' second.
Mane takes aim again. His first effort is blocked back into his path before his second on the volley flashes into the side netting via a deflection.
SAVE! Mane races on to Salah's through ball, but can't slide it beyond Meslier from a tight angle on the right side of the box.
- GoalMohamed SalahLiverpool
GOAL! Liverpool are back in front. Salah takes down a half cleared free kick and slams it into the top corner from the right side of the area.
- GoalPatrick BamfordLeeds United
GOAL! Bamford clips a clever finish beyond Alisson after a howler from van Dijk.
SAVE! Meslier back pedals and brilliantly tips Struijk's unfortunate deflection over the bar after Liverpool had threatened through Robertson.
Keita and Mane combine to tee up Henderson, who fizzes a strike straight at Meslier from 25 yards out.
VIDEO: Harrison's solo strike levels matters.
Leeds come storming back. Bamford is played in but can't find a way past Alisson, who forces him wide.
GOAL! Van Dijk restores the home side's advantage with a powerful header from Robertson's left-wing corner.
Leeds are causing Liverpool plenty of problems down the left. Another raid on that flank ends with a testing cross that just evades the leaping Costa in the middle.
Meslier comes way off his line to thwart Robertson. He blocks only as far as Mane, who lobs him quite brilliantly. The goal won't stand though, Robertson was flagged offside in the build up.
VIDEO: Salah's opener.
It's been a VERY lively start. More of the same please!
- GoalJack HarrisonLeeds United
GOAL! The visitors are level! Jack Harrison races on to a diagonal ball, weaves beyond Gomez and Alexander Arnold before drilling a low shot int the corner.
Let off for Liverpool! TAA and Gomez fail to deal with a header on. Costa tucks it home, but the referee blows for a free kick to the hosts.
Replays showing Salah's shot deflected up off Koch and on to his arm. Leeds may feel hard-done-by, but the kick stood and the Egyptian duly converted.
STAT: Salah is now only the second player to score in his side's opening fixture in four consecutive Premier League seasons. Teddy Sheringham did so with Nottingham Forest in 1992 and Tottenham from 1993 to 1995.
- Goal by penaltyMohamed SalahLiverpool
GOAL! Salah rifles the spot kick down the middle and into the net.
VAR checks - and it stands. Salah puts the ball on the spot.
PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL! Salah's shot hits Koch's arm.
CLOSE! Keita with a superb, driving run from midfield. He slips it through for Firmino, who inexplicably tries to cut the ball back when he had a clear shot at Meslier. Leeds are relieved and clear their lines.
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD at Anfield: Liverpool 32 wins, 11 draws, Leeds 7 wins /// Overall: Liverpool 51 wins, 25 draws, Leeds 24 wins.
- 1st Half
KICK OFF! Liverpool get this opening weekend clash of champions up and running.
Ominous for Leeds? We will soon see...
Eurosport pundit, Paul Parker believes that Manchester City will not be able to challenge Liverpool for the Premier League this season.
DID YOU KNOW? Bielsa is only the fourth Argentine to manage in the English top flight. At 65, he will become the second oldest post-war permanent manager to take charge of his maiden game in the English top flight (behind Dick Advocaat who was 67 with Sunderland in 2015).
Jordan Henderson: “If we want to create special memories, they need to be earned, one challenge at a time, one sprint at a time, one save at a time and one battle at a time. It is right to be optimistic about what is ahead for us, but that feeling is built on a belief that we will indeed stay humble and stay focused.”
Pablo Hernandez: “Everybody in Leeds feels excited now. 16 years is a long time for this club and now we have a good chance again to put this club where it belongs in the Premier League, fighting with the big clubs in this country…. “This is the place everybody wants to be and now we have a big challenge in front of us.”
TOP FOUR PREDICTIONS: Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal will all fancy a crack – but who have some of our writers backed?
Jurgen Klopp in his first programme notes of the new league campaign: “I view this coming season as a wonderful opportunity. I’m sure there’ll be lots of talk about pressure and expectation, on us specifically. But so what! That’s not new, it’s been constant. It’s not about what other people think or want – it’s about what we want, and about what we are prepared to do about it! I look at my team and my staff and I see a group of people who are humble and ready. They embrace the culture of ‘let’s go again’.”
Leeds boss, Marcelo Bielsa: I don’t know what people thought about Leeds prior to me being here and I don’t know what they think now. One of the difficulties we will face this season is to continue to play the way we want. To begin with, we will try to play the same way. This is the best league in the world and it requires you to play at the highest level.”
Leeds leave new signing Rodrigo on the bench as Patrick Bamford leads the line in their first PL match in 16 years. However, there is a bow for Robin Koch. Skipper Liam Cooper is out injured.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have a familiar look to them, although captain Jordan Henderson makes a surprising start. Fabinho is on the bench.
CONFIRMED TEAMS – LIVERPOOL: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Mane… Subs: Adrian, Fabinho, Milner, Jones, Minamino, Origi, Matip. /// LEEDS UNITED: Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Struijk, Harrison, Klich, Dallas, Phillips, Costa, Hernandez, Bamford… Subs: Casilla, Poveda-Ocampo, Alioski, Roberts, Rodrigo, Shackleton, Casey.
Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of the Premier League opener between last year’s champions. Liverpool begin their first defence of a top-flight title in 30 years at home to Marcelo Bielsa’s Championship winners. Leeds are back on the big stage after a 16-year absence and will be eager to spring an early surprise at a fan-free Anfield. Kick off 17:30 BST.