Liverpool drew with Leeds but the match was marred by protests from fans over Jurgen Klopp's side involvement in the European Super League.
Liverpool conceded a late goal to lose two points against Leeds United at Elland road on Monday night. Sadio Mane scored his first goal in 10 League games to give Liverpool the lead. Diego Llorente equalized late in the second half to secure a point for Leeds United. Alisson Becker made a number of crucial saves to keep the scoreline at 1-1. The match was marred by protests from fans outside the stadium because of Liverpool’s involvement in the breakaway European Super League (ESL).
Sadio Mane gave Liverpool the lead in the 31st minute. Diego Jota picked up Alexander Arnold with a precise cross-field pass and the right-back set it up for Mane with a one-touch pass to tap-in into the empty goal. Llorente headed in an in-swinging corner from the right by Jack Harrison to level the score at the 87th minute.
Alisson had an excellent game between the posts. Patrick Bamford was through after a mistake from Fabinho. The Brazilian goalkeeper, though, came out of his line quickly to deny the Leeds striker. Bamford was once again involved, as Tyler Roberts’ silky footwork created the space for Bamford in the near post. However, the English striker’s shot was saved by Alisson. Bamford hit the post once in the second half before Llorente leveled the score.
The draw left sixth placed Liverpool trailing fourth placed West Ham by two points. Liverpool have 53 points from 32 games and are fighting hard for a Champions League spot.
The Marcelo Bielsa side are tenth in the points table with 46 points from 32 games.
“One thing I understand and that people think is not right is the competitiveness, I get that,” Jurgen Klopp said. “I like the fact that West Ham might play Champions League next year. I don’t want them to, because I want us to be there, but I like that they have the chance.”
Liverpool’s decision sparked anger from all corners of the footballing world and the German manager struggled to justify his team management as he had previously spoken against the ESL. Liverpool will next play Newcastle United on April 24th.