Leeds shock win vs. Liverpool eases pressure on Jesse Marsch, as Klopp’s woes worsen

LIVERPOOL — In a high-octane game at Anfield, Leeds United beat Liverpool 2-1. With Jurgen Klopp’s side having a poor start to the season and Jesse Marsch’s side facing relegation fears, both teams desperately needed a win.

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Crysencio Summerville made the difference for Leeds by wasting a chance in the 89th minute. At the other end of the field, Illan Meslier made nine saves and kept Leeds in the game.

Jurgen Klopp will be disappointed with his side’s performance after last week’s 1-0 defeat by Nottingham Forest. That result put the Reds in 9th place, while Leeds are just four points behind in 15th place.

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Fast reaction

1. Leeds stun Liverpool to take the heat from Marsh

Leeds United stunned Liverpool to claim their first win at Anfield since 2001. Crysencio Summerville’s 89th-minute winner gave manager Jesse Marsch a huge boost in his fight for his job at Elland Road. Marsch was subjected to chants urging him to be sacked during an eight-game winless run in the league and that clash with Jurgen Klopp’s side had looked like a potentially crucial game for the American.

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But although Leeds started the game 12-1 underdogs to win, Leeds earned their victory after opening the scoring through Rodrigo within four minutes following a mistake by defender Joe Gomez. When Mohamed Salah equalized for Liverpool ten minutes later, the defensive weaknesses that have plagued Leeds all season could have overwhelmed them again. But Marsch’s side dominated every area of ​​the pitch and it was clear from the start of the second half Liverpool were vulnerable to a fourth league defeat of the season.

The Summerville winner was nonetheless a shock when he came on due to the cool way in which he scored. After receiving the ball just outside the six-yard box, the 20-year-old showed quick feet to slide his shot past Alisson into the Liverpool goal and silenced the home crowd.

And while it was a significant win for Leeds, the defeat was another blow for Liverpool this season. Klopp’s side have won just four of 12 league games and lie 13 points behind leaders Manchester City in ninth place. To compound their defeat, Liverpool have suffered back-to-back defeats against the bottom two teams, with that defeat coming a week after their 1-0 defeat at last club Nottingham Forest.

2. The Van Dijk record is coming to an end

Virgil van Dijk’s impact on Liverpool since arriving from Southampton as the world’s most expensive defender at the time in 2018 can be gauged by his incredible run of unbeaten games at Anfield in the Premier League. By the time Leeds visited, Van Dijk had played 70 Premier League games for Liverpool at Anfield, avoiding defeat in every one of them.

His record of 59 wins and 11 losses stretched back almost five years, but Crysencio Summerville’s 89th minute for Leeds brought Van Dijk’s proud run to an abrupt end. Liverpool, of course, suffered six straight home defeats in the Premier League in the 2020/21 season, but Van Dijk missed every one of them due to the season-ending cruciate ligament injury he suffered earlier in the season. Leeds, ending their own 21-year wait for a win at Anfield, made it an even bigger event by also drawing a line under Van Dijk’s record.

3. Nunez needs to reset the World Cup

Little has gone on for Darwin Nunez since he brought his club record £75million to Liverpool from Benfica this summer and the Uruguay international endured another miserable 90 minutes against Leeds. Aside from an impressive substitute appearance in the Community Shield win over Manchester City in July when he eclipsed Erling Haaland with a goal and an assist, Nunez has struggled to assert himself, scoring just three Premier League goals.

A three-game suspension for a red card against Crystal Palace hasn’t helped Nunez find his rhythm but he’s now had plenty of time to communicate with his attacking team-mates. However, it’s still not working and Nunez’s confidence has clearly taken a hit. He missed two clear chances against Leeds, each blocked by keeper Ilian Meslier. Nunez came close with a late strike with a curling attack but on a day when he played in a front three with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino he didn’t do enough to suggest he was a first choice for Klopp has become.

And although Firmino is out of contract at the end of the season and faces an uncertain future, he still looks like Liverpool’s best option in the number 9 role. The good news for Nunez is that he will soon be on a six-week break with the World Championships and it could be the perfect opportunity to hit the reset button and go again in the new year.


Player Ratings

Liverpool: Alison 5; Alexander Arnold 5, Gomez 5, Van Dijk 6, Robertson 6; Fabinho 5, Thiago 5, Elliot 6; Salah 6, Firmino 6, Nunez 5

Subtitle: Jones6, Henderson6, Milner6

Leeds: Meslier 7; Kristensen 7, Koch 6, Cooper 6, Struijk 7; Roca 6, Adams 8; 7 Summerville, 7 Aaronson, 7 Harrison; Rodrigo 6

Subtitle: Bamford 6, Gnonto 6, Ayling 6


Best and worst performers

BEST: Tyler Adams, Leeds

Nobody embodied Leeds’ spirited performance better than the USMNT midfielder. Adams was energetic, spirited and snapped into every tackle. His confrontation with Liverpool’s Andy Robertson underscored his commitment.

WORST: Fabinho, Liverpool

The Liverpool midfielder has been struggling to find his best form all season and was once again poor against Leeds. Too often overrun and pulled out of position.


Highlights and notable moments

A mistake by Joe Gomez early in the game gave Leeds United the first goal.

10 minutes after the goal, Mohamed Salah equalized for Liverpool.

A day before his 21st birthday, Summerville scored the winning goal in the 89th minute.


After the game: what the managers, players said

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch: “Everyone made a fuss about firing me, but the board and I agreed and we stuck together. We played well but didn’t score any points. But that win was necessary to stop the bleeding for us and I want the players to enjoy the moment but we need to use that to get us started.”

“I’m just happy for our team, I believe in them and I’ve told them that many times.


Key Stats (provided by ESPN Stats & Information)

– Mohamed Salah: 70th career PL goal at Anfield, breaks a tie with Steven Gerrard for second-highest. Robbie Fowler has 85.

– Leeds’ goal was their last Premier League win at Anfield against Liverpool since Robin van Persie (90’+2) with Arsenal on March 3, 2012.

– This is the first Premier League game lost by Virgil van Dijk as a Liverpool player at Anfield. He was 59-0-11 (WLD) in his previous 70 PL appearances at home for the club.


Next

Liverpool: The Reds host Napoli in the Champions League on November 1, with both teams progressing to the last 16. Liverpool then travel to London to face Tottenham Hotspur on November 6th, followed by a Carabao Cup third round match against Derby County on November 9th.

Leeds: Under pressure for his job, Jesse Marsch will host an in-form Bournemouth side on November 5, followed by a Carabao Cup game against Wolves on November 9 before traveling to Spurs on November 12.

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