Liverpool's Sadio Mane had Leeds United's Luke Ayling on strings during Anfield win

  • Kobe Tong

Liverpool and three points in the Premier League. Name a better partnership right now.

The Reds made a winning start to the 2020/21 campaign during a 4-3 thriller against Leeds United on Saturday night, extending their unbeaten run at Anfield deep into its third year.

Liverpool only lost three games during their title-winning season, coming unstuck at Watford, Manchester City and Arsenal, but they began their long-awaited defence with three points.

Liverpool 4-3 Leeds

However, as the scoreline would suggest, Marcelo Bielsa's visitors ensured that Liverpool didn't have an easy ride as they equalised three times before coming unstuck with two minutes to play.

Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick on Merseyside with a brace of penalties and a stunning strike, while Virgil van Dijk made up for a uncharacteristically poor display with the Reds' other goal.

Jack Harrison, Patrick Bamford and Mateusz Klich all found the net against the champions on their Premier League return after 16 years, but they were ultimately outscored by their old rivals.


Mixed bag for Liverpool

On the whole, Liverpool can count themselves lucky to have emerged unscathed and having avoided just their second dropped points at home since the start of the 2019/20 campaign.

Van Dijk, as previously mentioned, was badly at fault for one of the goals and Trent Alexander-Arnold didn't exactly play like the world's best right-back with a number of mistakes himself.

It was also a pretty quiet night for arguably Liverpool's best player last season, Sadio Mane, who neither set the world alight nor put a significant foot wrong during the curtain-raiser.


Mane dancing with Ayling

But when you have a player as talented as the Senegalese winger, you know that barely a game will go by without him producing something spectacular and Saturday night was no different.

In a superb moment of skill that went viral after the victory and has since been posted by Liverpool's official account, Mane effectively gave dance lessons to full-back Luke Ayling.

If you're not sure what we mean by that, though we're sure Ayling himself will, you can check out the clip down below to see the Liverpool man taking his opponent for a cheeky Cha-cha-cha.

This way. That way. The other way. Maybe this way. Over here. Maybe towards Goodison Park. Actually, no, the Irish Sea. Whoops, he's gone.

There might not have been one flashy piece of skill that had everybody's jaws hitting the pitch, but it's still class to see Mane essentially having Ayling on strings for just short of 15 seconds. 


The Ballon d'Or contender literally draws the Leeds man completely out of position, toys with turning him with hilarious efficiency and eventually succeeds with leaving him in his dust.

So, sure, last night might not have been the sort of vintage win we've come to expect from Liverpool, but there's no denying they had glimpses of title-winning quality all over the pitch.

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