Leeds United’s long-awaited Premier League return kicked off with a bonkers 4-3 defeat away at defending champions Liverpool.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side were fearless at Anfield, as goals from Jack Harrison, Patrick Bamford and Mateusz Klich announced their arrival back in the big time.
Liverpool showed plenty of drive in attack, but an uncharacteristically wobbly back line will be a real concern for Jurgen Klopp.
Mo Salah got the ball rolling after just three minutes, as the Egyptian international powered home from the penalty spot.
Leeds refused to be overpowered by their hosts however, as Harrison cut in off the left wing to smash a deserved equaliser past Alisson.
Virgil Van Dijk headed Liverpool back in front shortly after, but his poor back pass allowed Bamford to bring Leeds back on level terms.
And with neither side able to keep the back door closed, Salah popped up again to rocket Liverpool into their third first half lead.
Despite falling behind for a third time, Bielsa’s side refused to change their approach after the break, and their high pressing style got them back into it just after the hour.
Klich pounced on a loose ball in midfield, he slipped in Helder Costa, before driving on into the box and powering past Alisson.
The visitors looked the more likely to nick a late winner, but despite Leeds’ impressive return, they were dealt a harsh lesson in Premier League reality in the final minutes.
Substitute Rodrigo collided with Fabinho to concede a penalty, and Salah kept his calm to bury his third goal of the night and all three points for the Reds.
FULL TIME AT ANFIELD IT’S LIVERPOOL 4 LEEDS UNITED 3