Liverpool and Leeds produce incredible first half of football at Anfield

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Liverpool vs Leeds was the standout fixture of the opening weekend of the 2020/21 Premier League season.

The champions of the Premier League vs the champions of the Championship.

Jurgen Klopp vs Marcelo Bielsa.

Liverpool had waited 30 years to win the league, while Leeds had gone 16 years without Premier League football.

And it’s fair to say the clash didn’t disappoint. Well, the first 45 minutes didn’t anyway.

It took just four minutes for the Premier League champions to take the lead.

Mohamed Salah’s shot struck the arm of Robin Koch and Michael Oliver pointed to the penalty spot.

Salah stepped up and gave Liverpool the perfect start.

But Leeds were level eight minutes later.

England International Kalvin Phillips produced a sensational pass to Jack Harrison, who took three incredible touches before firing past Alisson.

Another eight minutes later and Liverpool were back ahead as Virgil van Dijk headed in from Andy Robertson’s header.

We then went 10 minutes without a goal.

But Leeds were back level as Van Dijk failed to deal with a long ball and Patrick Bamford finished at the Kop end.

Could Leeds hold out for 15 minutes until half-time?

Well, they managed just three minutes as Salah smashed home a loose ball into the roof of the net past Illan Meslier.

Phew.

If the second half is as good as the first, we could have a Premier League classic on our hands.

Welcome back to the Premier League, Leeds.

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