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Match Recap: Leeds United 1-1 Liverpool

The Whites take a well-deserved point from the Premier League champions at Elland Road.

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Diego Llorente points to the heavens as he celebrates his first goal for Leeds United.
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Leeds United and Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw under the lights at Elland Road, with Diego Llorente scoring his first goal for Leeds in The Premier League.

Liverpool got the better of the opening minutes and caused the Leeds defence a lot of problems but the back-line managed to keep The Reds out for the first 25 minutes or so.

Patrick Bamford had a great chance come out of nowhere as Kalvin Phillips nipped in ahead of Fabinho and played Bamford through on goal in a central position. However, Bamford’s heavy first touch allowed Allison space and time to close the gap between him and the ball, stopping Bamford in his tracks.

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James Milner returned to Elland Road for the first time since leaving Leeds in 2004. Here he is in action against fellow academy product, Kalvin Phillips.
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Liverpool opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark as Jota switched the ball well to Alexander-Arnold who burst through into the box on the right channel. Meslier raced toward the ball, allowing the space for TAA to square the ball to the oncoming Sadio Mane who had an easy finish into an open net.

The Premier League champions continued their danger in the second half, with Jota missing a free header from a corner-kick. But Leeds turned the tide over time and should’ve equalised on 76 minutes when Ayling lifted the ball into Bamford inside the penalty area. He controlled the ball really nicely and volleyed the ball over Allison who was powerless in where Bamford’s attempt would end up. Unfortunately, it bounced straight back off the bar.

Tyler Roberts had an even better chance go begging just minutes later as he latched on to a crafty pass from Ian Poveda from the right-hand side. He weaved the ball into the feet of Roberts who had time and space to set himself and shoot at goal. He took too long and in the end, his shot was fired straight at Allison’s chest.

But the equaliser would come, with Jack Harrison’s excellent cross from a far-side corner-kick. Diego Llorente met the slightly deflected ball and headed it back across Allison who was well beaten, securing a valuable and well-deserved point for Leeds.

Four points from a possible six against Manchester City and Liverpool is fantastic, and now part three of this blockbuster triple-header is upon us. Leeds United now look ahead to the visit of Manchester United at Elland Road.