Liverpool v Leeds United, 12 September 2020

Score4-3 to Liverpool
RefereeMichael Oliver
CompetitionPremier League
VenueAnfield
Kick-off: 5.30pm Played behind closed doors due to COVID-19 restrictions. Premier League Head to Head Played: 25 Liverpool won: 15 Drawn: 4 Leeds United won: 6 Liverpool scored: 52 Leeds United scored: 26 Liverpool remained unbeaten in nine meetings in all competitions since April 2001 (won seven).

4 Liverpool

Manager: Jürgen Klopp

3 Leeds United

Manager: Marcelo Bielsa

Goals:

Mohamed Salah penalty 4 P
Virgil Van Dijk 20 G
Mohamed Salah 33 G
Mohamed Salah penalty 88 P

Goals:

Jack Harrison 12 G
Patrick Bamford 30 G
Mateusz Klich 66 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Alisson Becker
Defender Joe Gomez
Defender Andy Robertson
Defender Virgil Van Dijk
Defender/Midfielder Trent Alexander-Arnold
Defender/Midfielder Jordan Henderson
Midfielder Naby Keïta
Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum
Midfielder/Forward Roberto Firmino
Midfielder/Forward Sadio Mané
Midfielder/Forward Mohamed Salah

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Illan Meslier
Defender Luke Ayling
Defender Robin Koch
Defender/Midfielder Stuart Dallas
Defender/Midfielder Pascal Struijk
Midfielder Jack Harrison
Midfielder Mateusz Klich
Midfielder Pablo Hernández
Midfielder Kalvin Phillips
Midfielder/Forward Hélder Costa
Forward Patrick Bamford

Substitutions:

Fabinho for Naby Keïta 59
Curtis Jones for Jordan Henderson 66
Joël Matip for Trent Alexander-Arnold 89

Substitutions:

Tyler Roberts for Pablo Hernández 62
Rodrigo for Patrick Bamford 62
Jamie Shackleton for Mateusz Klich 81

Cards:

Roberto Firmino 76 Y

Cards:

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Adrián
Defender/Midfielder Fabinho
Defender/Midfielder Joël Matip
Defender/Midfielder James Milner
Midfielder Curtis Jones
Midfielder/Forward Takumi Minamino
Forward Divock Origi

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Kiko Casilla
Defender Oliver Casey
Defender/Midfielder Ezgjan Alioski
Midfielder Ian Poveda
Midfielder Jamie Shackleton
Forward Tyler Roberts
Forward Rodrigo

Comments:

Mohamed Salah became the fifth player to score three or more hat-tricks for Liverpool in the Premier League; also Robbie Fowler (eight), Michael Owen (seven), Luis Suárez (six) and Fernando Torres (three). The Reds had now scored four or more goals in at least one league game in every season since 1920-21; the longest such run by any Premier League or Football League club. [c/o LFC Match by Match] Mohamed Salah became the second player to score in the opening game in four consecutive seasons in the Premier League; also Teddy Sheringham from 1992-93 to 1995-96.

Comments:

Leeds United became the first newly-promoted team to score three or more goals at the reigning Premier League champions since Hull City lost 3-4 at Manchester United on 1 November 2008. This was the first time that the Whites had lost their opening game in a season in the the top division since a 5-1 loss at Swansea City in League Division One on 29 August 1981. 65 year-old Marcelo Bielsa become the second oldest manager to take charge of his first game in the top division in the post-war era after Dick Advocaat, who was 67 years old when he took charge of Sunderland in March 2015.