(EFE) — Liverpool lost the opportunity to rise to the Champions League positions, after drawing 1-1 on Monday on their visit to the Leeds field, in a match in which the “reds” after a good first some of them completely fell apart in the second half.
Especially in the first half in which the “reds” were clearly superior to a Leeds who arrived at the meeting after beating last week, nothing more and nothing less than the intractable leader of the competition, Manchester City, by 1- two.
Commanded by a sensational Thiago Alcántara, who returned to the title, Liverpool exploited the spaces left by the forward defense of the local team, thanks to the speed of players such as full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.
In fact, in the umpteenth incursion by Arnold on the right wing, the first goal for the visitors arrived in 31 minutes, the work of Senegalese Sadio Mané.
An action in which the Portuguese Diogo Jota showed that in addition to scoring he has a sensational vision of the game with a magnificent pass to Arnold’s career that served the ball for Mané to establish the 0-1.
Formula that was about to return to bear fruit for the “reds” three minutes later in a new ride from Arnold, after a no less sensational pass from Thiago Alcántara, which the Portuguese Diogo Jota was unable to complete.
But even so, Arnold did not stop insisting that a new attack led to the failure of the Spanish central Diego Llorente who left the ball in the area a Diogo Jota, who saw how the French goalkeeper of Leeds, the French Illan Meslier, avoided with one hand saving that his subtle Vaseline became 0-2.
Occasions that continued to occur in the opening minutes of the second half in which Liverpool had two good opportunities to score in a shot from Brazilian Roberto Firmino and a header from Diogo Jota.
Lack of success that Leeds did not miss to re-engage in a match in which they had tiptoed throughout the first period.
Little by little, the team of Argentine Marcelo Bielsa took over the game, approaching the Liverpool area with more and more danger, which left its luck in the hands of finding one against with which to sentence the fight.
A change of script that almost cost the equalizer to those of Jurgen Klopp who saw how Patrick Bamford slammed the ball off the crossbar in the 75th minute.
If the wood prevented the Leeds draw, two minutes later it was the Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson, who had already avoided a goal from Jack Harrison, who prevented the 1-1 with a superb stop to a very hard shot from Tyler Roberts.
From what could have been the draw, in a few moments the possible 0-2 was passed in a fast gallop by Mohamed Salah that the Egyptian striker, today a substitute, did not know how to complete.
The one who did not fail was the Spanish central Diego Llorente who, with three minutes to go, signed the final goal of the equalizer (1-1) when he headed a corner kick to the nets.
A result that left sixth-placed Liverpool two points behind the Champions League access positions, a goal that Jurgen Klopp’s men demonstrated on Monday that they want to win on the field and not because of the privileges that would ensure their participation in the future Super League.