Things missed as Liverpool beat Leeds in opener including ‘arrogant’ Van Dijk

Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick earned Premier League champions Liverpool a win in their first match of the new season against Leeds in an entertaining encounter at Anfield.

It was a goal-fest in the first half with Liverpool 3-2 ahead inside the first 35 minutes.

Salah netted from the penalty spot before Jack Harrison soon levelled. Virgil van Dijk powered home a header before making a mistake as Patrick Bamford equalised.

Salah then grabbed his second with no further goals until the second half when Mateusz Klich finished smartly past Alisson.

But Salah won it for the Reds, scoring again from the penalty spot, and Daily Star Sport looks at five things you may have missed from the dramatic match.

Carragher or Bielsa?

Marcelo Bielsa took his infamous blue bucket to Anfield to get his unique view on the action.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher tested the view out for himself, spotted in Bielsa’s seat pre-match.

The Leeds boss opts against sitting on the bench, instead perching on the touchline on his own blue tub.

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Salah record

Mohamed Salah became the first Liverpool player to score in the opening league game of four consecutive seasons.

Teddy Sheringham, starting in 1992, is the only other player to achieve the feat but few would bet against Salah making it five next year.

It only took him four minutes today as he lashed a penalty home following a handball by Robin Koch.

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Leeds’ quality

Leeds United became the first promoted side to score three or more goals away at the reigning champions in the Premier League since Hull lost 4-3 at Manchester United in November 2008.

Many praised the Whites for their style of play with Marcelo Bielsa’s side set to be one of the more entertaining to watch this season.

Leeds return to Premier League action against fellow promoted side Fulham next weekend.

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‘Arrogant’ Van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk scored Liverpool’s second but he didn’t have a great first half at the back, being at fault for Patrick Bamford’s goal.

And Jamie Carragher was not happy with the Dutchman, as he tried to flick the ball away rather than clear it fully.

"Alisson is not happy, he gets between the centre-backs there,” Carragher said on Sky Sports commentary. “Virgil van Dijk, that's just too arrogant.

"Just tries to flick it round the corner to Andy Robertson instead of dealing with it.

"Maybe that comes with the fact it's Leeds, new team, maybe takes it a little bit too easy.”

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Bamford hoodoo over?

Many had written off Patrick Bamford, suggesting he doesn’t have what it takes for the Premier League.

He had previously spent two seasons in the top flight, scoring just one goal in 27 appearances, but those were across stints with four clubs, and only four of those appearances were as a starter.

It didn’t take long for him to get off the mark this season though, capitalising on the Van Dijk error and slotting home.

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