Liverpool came out on top against the recently promoted side, But there were areas of concern that need to be addressed quickly by Jurgen Klopp before their clash against Chelsea.
Brilliant in attack
Liverpool were at it from the offset, taking it to the Leeds United backline and counter-pressing the life out of the Championship winners, Mohammad Salah and Naby Kieta were the chief instigators with the Egyptian bagging a hattrick of the back of two penalties and a mesmerizing half-volley. What was quite apparent was that Jurgen Klopp had certainly found the right position for Naby Kieta to flourish in after a little soul searching last year. Roberto Firmino also looked sharp , with a couple of glides past the defenders at a certain point in the first half, To round up their attacking display Virgil Van Dijk completed the scoring in the first half, with a towering header from an Andy Robertson cross.
Fragile In Defence
The area in particular that might actually concern some of the reds supporters might be the defence, Virgil Van Dijk again committing an error leading upto a goal, This is the second time that the Dutch International has committed one in the last four matches, Trent Alexander-Arnold looked out of sorts and didn’t offer much going forward. The first Leeds goal scored by Jack Harrison was due to a calamity at the back by Joe Gomez and TAA. All in all Liverpool looked to have sacrificed Defensive Solidarity for Attacking prowess.
Throwback to 2016-17
Liverpool supporters might fondly remember the 2016-17 season i.e. Jurgen Klopp’s first full season as the manager, Many people were quite curious to see what kind of football would Liverpool play, after all just 8 months prior on his arrival Jurgen had promised heavy metal football and heavy metal football it was, On the opening day of the season the Merseysiders came up against Arsene Wengar’s Arsenal, with the stakes as high as they could be. The game ended 4-3 with both sides leading for some time and trading goals aggressively, This is exactly what Jurgen Klopp promised and he did deliver, but is it sustainable, Not even a bit, affirmed by Liverpool’s 4th placed finish that season. A wise amn rightly said “Attack wins you games but Defence wins you titles.”