Diego Llorente scored a late equaliser for Leeds in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool as fans protested outside the ground over the European Super League proposal.
Liverpool fans have reacted angrily to the news that their club could be involved in a breakaway European competition with Jurgen Klopp admitting he understood their grievances before kick-off. He said that Liverpool’s focus wouldn’t be affected and his team delivered on that notion in the first half, pinning Leeds back for large parts and opening the scoring through Sadio Mane (31) after a forceful run and assist from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
However, some lacklustre finishing always left the door open for Leeds, who improved as the game wore on and Llorente headed home his first goal for the club (87).
The result leaves Liverpool outside the top four in sixth place with six games remaining while Marcelo Bielsa’s side are finishing the season strongly and now unbeaten in five games.
Leeds made a clear statement in the warm-up as they wore t-shirts with ‘Football is for the Fans’ written on the back. Klopp, whose team didn’t wear the shirts, was angered by their opponents putting the shirts in their dressing room and sent his team out with attacking intentions.
Thiago Alcantara’s early strike was tipped over the bar by Illan Meslier and Diogo Jota’s close-range effort was blocked away.
Leeds were struggling to create but were almost gifted an opening goal as Fabinho played a woeful pass and Patrick Bamford went clear on goal, but Alisson produced a crucial block.
But Liverpool carried the greater threat and turned their territory into a goal on 31 minutes.
Alexander-Arnold charged in behind on to Jota’s superb through ball and kept his composure – in front of a watching Gareth Southgate – to slide a lovely pass for Mane to stroke home his first goal in nine Premier League matches.