Van Dijk has made two errors leading directly to a goal in his last four Premier League games, more than he registered in his first 154 appearances in the competition (one).
Leeds welcome Hull City in the Carabao Cup in midweek before hosting Fulham in their first home game back in the Premier League next Saturday. We had a good game. Liverpool were back in front within 90 seconds. George Graham's hard work in his second season as manager soon paid off with a fifth-place finish – the club's highest for three years – and UEFA Cup qualification. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? "The opponent forced us to make mistakes, we can do better, we will do better but I loved a lot about the game against a well-organised, passionate side like Leeds. It was hard to argue. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "What a game, what an opponent, what a performance from both teams. A mixed bag for the debutant. ", "It would be easy to summarise the subsequent 4-3 defeat at Liverpool as Leeds United's introduction to the harsh realities of the Premier League. George Graham's hard work in his second season as manager soon paid off with a fifth-place finish – the club's highest for three years – and UEFA Cup qualification. We shouldn't have conceded three but overall we did a good job. Liverpool hosted Leeds at Anfield on the opening day of the Premier League season and a real goal-fest ensued. Here are our player ratings from Anfield. Mateusz Klich - 7. Klopp's men have a tasty fixture with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to focus on next Sunday, a game live on Sky Sports. His first shot was probably going in before an arm stopped it, so he scored the penalty instead. Some more questionable defending from Leeds following a free-kick that was launched into their area dropped to Salah about 18 yards out and he thrashed an unstoppable strike into the top corner. The early setback did not dent Leeds' confidence going forward with a Kalvin Phillips pass slicing open the Liverpool defence on 12 minutes. A proper spectacle, I loved that.
Led the line with industry and a well-taken goal. Alisson Becker - 5. Jack Harrison, Patrick Bamford and Mateusz Klich were the first players to score on their Premier League debut for Leeds United since Nick Barmby in August 2002 against Manchester City, and the first to do so in an away game since Alan Smith in November 1998 - which was also at Anfield against Liverpool. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Salah told Sky Sports: "It was at times so tough to play, especially here at Anfield without the fans. Liverpool found themselves in … "He's looked the sharpest of Liverpool's front three," said Carragher. Liverpool weren't at their best because Leeds didn't allow it. The match ended in a 1–1 draw; Ian Wright scored his first goal of the season, before a mix up in defence meant Leeds striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink equalised for the home team. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Leeds will have a good season if they can keep up that intensity and they did it in the Championship with more games so why not?".
Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Miscommunication for the second goal. Tidy on the ball, similarly lost his man several times in defensive phases. Liverpool 4-3 Leeds: Mohamed Salah nets opening-day hat-trick in thriller, FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Leeds in the Premier League, Carra: Title race blown open; Souness: It was an assault, Jose: West Ham lucky, Moyes found 'new Fellaini', Hits & misses: Same old Spurs, Man Utd finally start, Pep defends Aguero over Massey-Ellis incident, Wenger on Jose rivalry: I feel like I'm in kindergarten, Cavani trains with Man Utd for first time, Pep: Aguero must earn City contract extension, Van Dijk blow leaves Liverpool stepping into unknown, Marcelo Bielsa on the touchline at Anfield, Marcelo Bielsa said Liverpool deserved to win, We would like your feedback, please fill in our survey. Sky Sports Fantasy Football makes its return for the 2020/21 season. Along with his three goals he also made four key passes - no player made more. Liverpool: Alisson (5), Alexander-Arnold (5), Gomez (6), Van Dijk (4), Robertson (7), Henderson (6), Wijnaldum (6), Keita (4), Salah (8), Firmino (6), Mane (5) Leeds remained in a brave mood after the break with, at times, Liverpool outnumbering attackers to defenders on the counter attack. In the first touchline meeting between Jurgen Klopp and Marcelo Bielsa, it was Liverpool who dominated the tactical battle in the opening exchanges as Roberto Firmino got behind the visitors' defence after just 90 seconds but could not find the finish. Usually the hat-trick scorer in a victory would be an automatic selection for the outstanding player award but this was a close call. Liverpool's season saw them feature regularly in the title race, though in the end they just couldn't get the better of champions Arsenal and runners-up Manchester United. Liverpool made it hard for us to neutralise them. Stuart Dallas - 5. Good recoveries, but drawn out of position more than once and couldn’t cut out a few runs directly through the defence. Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick, including two penalties, as Liverpool snatched victory, but Leeds took plenty of credit away from Anfield.
Got forward well at times though mostly as a support option. Leeds United returned to the Premier League with a bang but were beaten 4-3 by champions Liverpool in a thrilling encounter at Anfield. Kalvin Phillips - 6. The ball fell to Klich, who collected the ball into his stride and fired a dynamic finish into the far corner.
Lethal. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. The Reds led three times, only for the newly promoted outfit to reply in kind each time before a late penalty gave the home side a 4-3 win.
Read about Liverpool v Leeds in the Premier League 1997/98 season, including lineups, stats and live blogs, on the official website of the Premier League. Really struggled against Salah. Read about Leeds v Liverpool in the Premier League 1997/98 season, including lineups, stats and live blogs, on the official website of the Premier League. Report and highlights as newly-promoted Leeds light up Anfield after 16 years away but leave empty-handed. Harrison and Klich produced important moments of quality for Leeds, while Phillips stood out in the heart of their midfield on his first Premier League start. No player had more touches of the ball than Salah (83), highlighting just how involved he was in everything Liverpool did going forward. Liverpool extended their unbeaten home league run to 60 games (W49 D11) - only the third ever run of 60+ unbeaten home games by a side in English top-flight history, after Chelsea's run of 86 ending in October 2008 and Liverpool's run of 63 ending in December 1980. Arsenal's league campaign started on 9 August 1997, with an away fixture at Leeds United. Another fantastic finish for the second, a cool finish to win it late on. Virgil van Dijk thumped home a header (20) only for Patrick Bamford to take advantage of a Van Dijk slip to level the game once again (30). Koch's nightmare first involvement in the Premier League got worse as he allowed Van Dijk the run on him from a left-wing corner and the Dutchman's powerful header could not be kept out. He was joined in midfield by Georginio Wijnaldum, despite recent speculation surround the Dutchman’s future at Anfield. Andy Robertson - 7.
But also caught out on the ball, overrun by the Liverpool press and didn’t track runners too often. A mix of good challenges in midfield and sloppy passes - but in his first game for a couple of months that was perhaps to be expected. Luke Ayling - 6. Chelsea qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as, Learn how and when to remove this template message, http://www.statto.com/football/teams/leeds-united/1997-1998/results, http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/1997-1998/faprem/leeds.htm, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1997–98_Leeds_United_A.F.C._season&oldid=974037584, Articles needing additional references from October 2010, All articles needing additional references, Short description with empty Wikidata description, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 20 August 2020, at 18:46. Hit and miss. Helder Costa swung a low ball into the box that included five Leeds attackers. Salah then fired home a spectacular strike (32) as Liverpool took control, yet, Mateusz Klich equalised for the third time (66).
Created a few openings and was one of the more consistent home players in possession. Did well one-on-one, but beaten in the air at times, conceded the penalty and struggled with the front three’s movement. Robin Koch - 6. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles.
Leeds: Meslier (7), Ayling (6), Koch (5), Struijk (5), Dallas (6), Phillips (7), Klich (8), Harrison (8), Hernandez (6), Costa (7), Bamford (7) Skipper Jordan Henderson was passed fit for Liverpool. After a goal-shy Leeds side managed only an 11th-place finish the previous season, the acquisition of Dutch striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bolstered their attack substantially and they were soon back to their winning ways after two seasons of struggle.
Robin Koch was handed a debut his debut for Marcelo Bielsa's side. Despite conceding three he made a couple of crucial saves to keep his team in the game. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. During the 1997–98 season, Leeds United competed in the Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons). Salah’s hat-trick clinched victory for the champions in a frantic encounter, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Great header for the goal, but equally poor with an attempted clearance for Leeds’ second.
 But in the last 10, Liverpool pinned them back and it was only a matter of time before someone made a mistake or someone came up with a piece of brilliance.
Virgil van Dijk - 5.
Are you sure you want to delete this comment? The game looked to be drawing to a quiet conclusion but Leeds' new signing Rodrigo inexplicably fouled Fabinho inside the box and Salah stroked home from the spot. A ball over the top was arrogantly dealt with by Van Dijk, who could only prod a half-baked clearance into the path of Bamford. Subs: Jones (N/A), Fabinho (N/A) Salah stepped up and fired home his first of the season in just the fourth minute.
vs Leeds United. This was only the second ever Premier League game played on the opening matchday of a season to see five goals scored before half-time, after Man Utd 5-1 Fulham in August 2006 (4-1 at half-time). Surprisingly subbed before an hour. Some exceptional passing and exploited the gaps in the home team’s defence. Van Dijk thought he had netted his second of the evening but his close-range finish from an Andy Robertson centre was chalked off for an infringement by substitute Curtis Jones on Koch.