Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick helped Liverpool win in a dramatic encounter with Leeds United in the opening game.
A fourth-minute penalty strike set Salah on a Premier League record. Accordingly, he is the first player to score in the opening match in four consecutive seasons. On the other side of the line, Leeds United showed that they were very determined to have an equalizer after just a few minutes with Jack Harrison’s solo phase on the left flank.
Liverpool vs Leeds
The two teams continued to retaliate before Virgil van Dijk doubled the lead with a mighty header. But it was also the Dutch midfielder who made the mistake that allowed Patrick Bamford to score against Alisson.
Mohamed Salah brought 3 points for Liverpool
On a stellar day, Salah rescued Liverpool with a left-hand shot into the far corner of Leeds United‘s goal, making it 3-2. But again, the Championship champion proved extremely stubborn when Mateusz Klich controlled the ball and finished beautifully in the penalty area, leveling the visitors.
Luckily, there was no side for the football team from York when rookie Rodrigo fouled Fabinho in the penalty area clumsily. Mohamed Salah completed a hat-trick and helped Liverpool get 3 points in a match with 7 goals.
The German strategist hinted at changing the game, shifting the diagram from 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1 to avoid too much dependence on the attacking trio of Salah – Firmino – Mane. However, the opening match of the Premier League 2020/21, Liverpool is likely to start with the old people, the old way of playing, pressing the opponent from time to time to score goals.
As for the visitors, after 16 years of absence, Leeds United returned to the highest league in England. Possessing an experienced military leader – a master of tactics, Leeds United under Bielsa always appreciated the ability to control the game, with an average of 65% of possession last season.
Meeting an inferior opponent in class, Jurgen Klopp’s teachers and students will have their first victory to greet the new season 2020/21.