Leeds United made their long awaited return to the Premier League on Saturday evening following our much deserved Championship title win and promotion in 2019/20.
It’s been a strange old time with Coronavirus and unfortunately as manager Marcelo Bielsa’s winners took to the pitch against Liverpool, fans weren’t able to taste the moment in an empty Anfield stadium – but hey ho, we are back in the top flight and we certainly didn’t embarrass ourselves against Jurgen Klopp’s reigning Premier League winners.
It was a lively game to say the least as a harsh four minute penalty for the hosts game them the advantage, but we hit back with Jack Harrison opening his account for the year. Liverpool again took advantage, but again hit back through Patrick Bamford and with a huge sense of deja vu, Liverpool made it 3-2 until Mats Klich tied us up again.
It's Good To Be Back - Was Klich Your MotM?
With Mo Salah having another late opportunity from the penalty spot and making it count, our top flight return ended with a 4-3 defeat – but there was going to be an adjustment period, we clearly need to tighten up at the back but there are few complaints about our approach to the game and the heart we showed to come back from behind three times.
Statistics website Whoscored gave us the better match ratings after that performance and in their eyes, Mats Klich too our Man of the Match with a player rating of 7.77.
Completing the top five best performers on the day were Jack Harrison (7.48), Patrick Bamford (7.24), Luke Ayling (6.92) and Kalvin Phillips (6.92).
On to Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash with Hull City back at Elland Road.
It’s nice to be back!