Five talking points from Liverpool’s opening-day thriller against Leeds

Liverpool won a seven-goal thriller late on as Mohamed Salah's hat-trick saw off a spirited Leeds side 4-3.

The Premier League champions were pushed all the way by the newly promoted outfit who stuck to their principles from minute one.

Marcelo Bielsa's outfit played their possession-based, high-press game and three times pegged back the Reds.

Salah's opener from the penalty spot was quickly cancelled out by Jack Harrison whose excellent touch allowed him to riffle past Alisson.

A bullet header from Virgil van Dijk reestablished their lead before the Dutchman's mistake allowed Patrick Bamford to slot home.

Salah then smashed home Liverpool's third on 33 minutes to send the hosts in 3-2 up at half-time.

But Mateusz Klich volleyed home from close range just after the hour and looked to have grabbed a point for the visitors.

But Fabinho was fouled with three minutes left that allowed Salah a chance to slot home in front of an empty Kop for the win.

Here are five talking points from an enthralling clash at Anfield.

1. Liverpool off the pace

The Reds were relentless in attack last season as they soared towards the title.

Klopp's side are an immensely well oiled machine, much like his Borussia Dortmund side, when they go forward.

But a lack of competitive practice told and there was a rustiness to their game going forward.

The defence will certainly be a concern, although that could also just be a lack of sharpness.

Three points is three points, but Klopp will have plenty of work ons this week at Melwood.

2. Leeds live up to the hype

Last season Liverpool took on the Championship winners at Anfield and ran out 4-1 winners against Norwich.

The Canaries showed in glimpses what they were capable of, but they were taught a Premier League lesson.

Lightening did not strike twice and Leeds showed, after 16 years away, that they plan to stay.

Bielsa isn't a man to conform and his reputation proceeded him and his Whites side equalised three times.

Despite the result, even by half-time, the Premier League new boys had made enough of a statement to make everyone else stand up.

3. What defending?

These two teams had the best defensive records in their respective leagues last season – you wouldn't have known it.

An empty Anfield saw five goals scored in a little over half an hour.

Part of that was due to two adventurous and well oiled attacks, but it also down to a lack of quality defending.

Leeds allowed Liverpool, and especially Roberto Firmino, far too much room to play.

The Reds meanwhile were far from a vintage defensive unit themselves.

4. Oh Virgil

Van Dijk normally averages one, maybe two, defensive mistakes a season given his immensely high standards.

Well one of them came in the season opener, so perhaps he's got it out of his system.

The Dutchman was accused of being "too arrogant" by Jamie Carragher on commentary.

He nonchalantly attempted to hook the ball away, only for it to drop at Bamford's feet which allowed him to equalise.

5. Gareth, take note

Kalvin Phillips was Leeds' best player last season as they won promotion to the top flight.

His quality was such that as soon as he was seen as a Premier League player he was called up by England boss Gareth Southgate.

But the midfielder was deployed in a different role to that he occupies under Bielsa.

Well, back in a Leeds shirt, he looked every bit a Premier League player and was crucial to Leeds and their efforts on Merseyside.

His pass to Harrison for their first equaliser was an excellent example of what he can bring.

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