Liverpool beaten by Leeds as Jurgen Klopp gives the midfielder a spin
Leeds has a new hero in the form of Crysencio Summerville
Leeds advance together, with Jesse Marsch in the lead. Despite all the question marks surrounding the future of his American head coach, he delivered a tactical masterclass in ending his team’s eight-match unbeaten run in the Premier League with a slam and grab at Anfield courtesy of the anime Crysencio Summerville.
The visitors received a treat in just four minutes to open the scoring when Joe Gomez missed a backwards pass that rolled across the face of the goal to the grateful Rodrigo Moreno.
However, Liverpool responded well and quickly leveled things up through Mohamed Salah, who converted at the far post from Andy Robertson’s cross.
But the Reds huffed and puffed and couldn’t find a second and were forced to pay late on the day as Summerville, just one day shy of his 21st birthday, scored a late winner.
express sport assess five talking points from a roller coaster affair at Anfield…
Summerville is Leeds’ new hero
New Leeds number 10 Crysencio Summerville put his name in the lights with a brilliant winner for his team. He seems like a real talent for Jesse Marsch and now he’s automatically secured hero status.
The Dutchman is highly rated at Elland Road and it wasn’t hard to see why at Anfield for a brief moment in the second half.
Summerville used his low center of gravity to evade Andy Robertson, while also moving ahead of compatriot Virgil van Dijk to earn a free kick, showing off his speed.
He scored his first Leeds goal last week in a 3-2 loss to Fulham and followed it up with a remarkable finish to show he can be a real asset as Leeds move forward in their quest for survival.
His energy between the lines gave Leeds an unpredictable advantage in the contest. It’s still very raw, but Marsch has a lot to work with before the player’s 21st birthday on Sunday.
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez gifted Leeds with the first goal
Klopp spins Fabinho
Fabinho’s bizarre season continued at Anfield as he once again struggled to adjust to Liverpool’s change in formation.
The Brazilian, nicknamed ‘The Lighthouse’, has been in a very bad way lately and had another difficult night against Leeds before being substituted after 60 minutes.
In the first half, Fabinho was shouted with venom by Jurgen Klopp from the sidelines, who was furious at his defensive midfielder’s sloppiness.
The former Monaco man has been quite shaky in possession and, although he made some key tackles, he appears to have lost some mobility in his twisted legs.
When they have a bad game, so does Liverpool. That’s certainly what it’s looked like lately.
Mohamed Salah cut one for Liverpool
Elliott needs time…
Harvey Elliott is clearly an extremely talented young player, but he is not yet ready to be a regular Liverpool starter.
Given that there are injuries, it would be unfair to say he’s not worthy of a side spot, but he’s still an unpolished gem, so there should be a reluctance to rush his development.
Elliott scored a brilliant goal in Amsterdam in midweek, but his performance here against Leeds was a bit scruffy. He lost possession on several occasions and squandered some promising starts.
Apparently it’s also much more effective in a center position, as opposed to wide open. We still don’t see consistency in the 19-year-old, but given his age, it’s likely to come with time.
Playing regular football for Liverpool as a teenager speaks volumes about his potential and shows how highly rated he is by Klopp. He was replaced at the hour mark by Harvey Elliott.
Gomez suffers World Cup coup
Joe Gomez’s hopes of launching a late push for Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad suffered a serious blow when he gifted Leeds an opening goal in four minutes.
The centre-back swept well down the right before playing a blind back pass to goalkeeper Alisson, who had already angled his centre-back.
Gomez didn’t see Alisson’s move, meaning the ball rolled right into the face of the goal for Rodrigo to finish off.
The 25-year-old recovered well and did not allow the mistake to have a negative impact on his game, but it is unlikely to have helped his cause in his quest for a World Cup place in Qatar.
Horrifying Curtis Jones
Curtis Jones had a truly forgettable night for the Reds after getting into the fray for the final 30 minutes.
He was very careless with the ball and wasteful in decisive moments. If he wants to measure up at Anfield, he needs to start showing why he’s good enough.
Tonight he did not look for the scratch and although he returns from a long break due to injury, that is no excuse for not doing the basics well.
Liverpool needed him to fix things and show his creativity in the middle of the park, but he looks too casual. Having also started the loss to Nottingham Forest, he doesn’t reflect too well on the young midfielder.
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