The debate over the divisive European Super League dominated the build-up to the match, and Leeds United did not hold back in making a point. In terms of the match itself, Liverpool were the better team in the early stages and came close to scoring twice, though Leeds were gifted a chance by Fabinho before Alisson saved his blushes.
After Diogo Jota spotted Trent Alexander-Arnold on a ghosting sprint, the Englishman squared the ball for Sadio Mane to tap the ball into the next and make it 1-0, the deadlock was eventually broken at the half-hour mark. Following that, Liverpool continued to pose a greater threat, but Leeds gradually gained control of the game, with opportunities flowing freely to them.
The Whites could have been in front by the time Diego Llorente went in from Jack Harrison’s corner to ensure a share of the spoils if it hadn’t been for Alisson. The result dented Liverpool’s chances of finishing in the top four, and The Hard Tackle now has the upper hand over Jurgen Klopp’s side.
8/10 for Alisson Becker.
The only reason Liverpool only got one point instead of zero was because of this. To keep the ball out of his net, Alisson made a number of outstanding saves. But he couldn’t save Diego Llorente from scoring the Leeds goal, as the Liverpool goalkeeper was sold short by Ozan Kabak’s bad marking. He played his part.
Trent Alexander-Arnold gets a 7 out of 10 for his results.
Since being snubbed by Gareth Southgate for the international break last month, Alexander-Arnold has been rediscovering his best form, and this was yet another promising display from the Englishman. Sadio Mane’s run leading up to his goal was incredible, even before he assisted on the opener. Perhaps a tad lucky not to be penalised for hand-ball, but otherwise adequate.
Fabinho gets 6/10
For the first time since March, Fabinho was back at the heart of the Liverpool defence, making an early mistake that almost gifted Patrick Bamford a goal before being bailed out by Alisson. His passing was off all night (74 percent completion rate), but apart from a couple of nervous moments, he was solid enough off the ball.
6/10 for Ozan Kabak.
Kabak was decent enough for the most part, but in the final quarter of the game, he kept firm against the Leeds onslaught, making four clearances, two interceptions, and two tackles. When it mattered most, though, he was unable to contain Diego Llorente for the equaliser, as the Spaniard beat him far too easily.
7/10 for Andrew Robertson
Robertson, as usual, was a key outlet for Liverpool while heading down the left flank, and he made a couple of crucial passes. The Scot, on the other hand, was inefficient with the ball, losing possession an alarming 17 times. In the defensive process, he played an important role, clearing as many as seven balls. New Liverpool in the draw in the Premier League
7/10 for Thiago Alcantara.
Thiago returned to the starting lineup after a three-game absence and came close to scoring early on, only to be denied by Illan Meslier. Always looking for the right pass forward, he played a team-high three key passes while maintaining a 90% passing rate. Our Player to Watch put in a good effort and will now look to advance in the lineup.
Wijnaldum, Georginio: 6/10
For Wijnaldum, who was once again off his best form, it was a game of hits and misses. The Dutchman played well in the first half, when Liverpool were largely in charge, but as Leeds began to push forward more effectively, the pressure began to wear him down, and he hardly saw the ball in the second half. I’m looking for some motivation.
7/10 for James Milner
Milner, who was once again the stand-in skipper for Liverpool in the absence of Jordan Henderson, put in a strong display in the middle of the park. In the centre of the park, the former Leeds player was a ball of energy who was always looking to drive his team forward. He put in the hard yards off the ball, but he was also overrun in the middle as exhaustion set in. In the aftermath, he did not hold back in criticising the Super League’s decision.
7/10 for Sadio Mane
It didn’t seem like Mane was even on the field if it wasn’t for his goal, as his shot was his only effort in the game. Nonetheless, he would be pleased to have ended a nine-game goalless streak, as well as another drought, as Liverpool scored their first goal in a Premier League game before the 45th minute since December 27. However, he needs to be more interested.
7/10 for Roberto Firmino
Firmino had a disappointing outing, coming close to scoring only to be stopped by a tenacious Meslier. His signature gestures, on the other hand, were back on display on the night, causing Leeds a lot of trouble, but they managed to hold on in the end. I made a few main passes, but I didn’t always get the service I expected.
7/10 Diogo Jota
Jota did an excellent job in the build-up to Liverpool’s goal, as it was his sublime turn and through pass that perfectly placed Alexander-Arnold before the ball was laid for Mane to tap home. His movement was flawless the whole time, and he only missed the mark a couple of times. Played three primary passes, which was a team high. New Liverpool in the draw in the Premier League
Mohamed Salah (6/10), who was brought on to replace Mane in order to end the game, was clumsy in possession, misplacing half of his attempted passes and missing the mark from a chance that came his way.
N/A for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was a late introduction who did not have enough time to make an impression and seemed rusty whenever he did see the ball.