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Crysencio Summerville strikes late to lift Leeds and stun Liverpool | premier league


Jesse Marsch wanted Leeds to show they remained united and on track at Anfield. He got it, and more, as his struggling side condemned Liverpool to a first home Premier League defeat since March 2021 thanks to Crysencio Summerville’s 89th-minute winner.

The under-pressure Leeds manager tasted a first win since August and his club’s first against Liverpool in more than 21 years thanks to an inspired display from their goalkeeper, Illan Meslier, and a collective effort that was well-deserving of the release of a precious victory. Jürgen Klopp’s side were flat throughout as they slumped to a second league defeat in a row and their first league loss from Anfield for 30 matches.

Leeds came close to having the worst possible start due to a defensive howl to benefit only to get the best possible start. How Marsch enjoyed the nice margins for a change.

Only 39 seconds had passed when the visitors were about to give Liverpool the lead. A long clearance from Alisson caused a breakdown in communications in the Leeds defense with Meslier running from his line as Liam Cooper tried to clear past Mohamed Salah. The Leeds captain headed the ball past his goalkeeper and released Salah for a clumsy chance he hung on goal. Pascal Struijk managed to clear the header just in front of the goal line.

Three minutes after that release, Leeds were leading. Little danger appeared when Joe Gomez dispossessed the impressive Brenden Aaronson as they chased a pass from Struijk down the left, but the Liverpool defender played a reckless backpass into the general vicinity of Alisson. The keeper slipped and Rodrigo, who had sprinted away from Virgil van Dijk as soon as Gomez had turned towards his goal, was given the simple task of tapping into a net without a guard from close range. Alisson’s slip was unfortunate but offered no mitigation for Gomez’s error. The backpass wouldn’t have found the goalkeeper anyway and, for the eighth time this season, Klopp’s side found themselves trailing first.

Rodrigo runs away after jumping on an early error from Joe Gomez to put Leeds ahead.
Rodrigo runs away after jumping on an early error from Joe Gomez to put Leeds ahead. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

It gave Leeds something to hold on to, but the lead lasted 10 minutes. Meslier bravely saved at the feet of Roberto Firmino when, after faking a pass from Andy Robertson into the field, the Brazilian striker was played by a touch from Rodrigo. Leeds struggled to clear Robertson’s resulting corner, Salah found Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right and his deep cross was missed by Meslier at the far post. Robertson brought it back into the danger zone where Fabinho couldn’t connect with a header but Salah, reading the volley from the cross and adjusting his body perfectly, hid a volley from six yards out.

The game went entertainingly and both teams had good chances to score a second before the break. Aaronson volleyed against the crossbar from close range after edging past Alexander-Arnold to connect with Rasmus Kristensen’s cross. A minute later Rodrigo released Jack Harrison in the Liverpool box but his shot was saved well by Alisson. Darwin Núñez could have gotten ahead of the hosts when he broke through a chasm in the Leeds defense through Alexander-Arnold’s pass, but Meslier read the striker’s attempt to check inside and cleared with a challenge own.

Leeds fans have made their disapproval clear in recent weeks but had reason to follow an encouraging display at Anfield. Marsch’s side took the game to Liverpool on every occasion and were tireless in their efforts to keep Salah, Núñez and Firmino quiet.

It was the Liverpool crowd whose grunts could be heard as the visitors took control early in the second half. But they should have rejoiced again when Cooper made a mess by clearing a high ball under pressure from Salah. The Leeds centre-half missed his header and then a clearance attempt, allowing Salah to play Núñez clean on goal. Meslier reacted well, however, and quickly left his line to block the Uruguay international’s shot.

The Leeds keeper thwarted Núñez again when he curled a 25-yard shot to the top corner only for Meslier to tip over superbly. He also denied Salah and a late header from Firmino before Summerville sent the team away in a rapture with a late winner. When Wilfried Gnonto’s cross looped past fellow substitute Patrick Bamford, Summerville reacted quicker than any Liverpool defender to push a low finish into Alisson’s far corner. Spark the delirium in the Leeds Technical Zone.

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