Liverpool player ratings as Salah shines and Van Dijk struggles vs Leeds

Liverpool and Leeds played out a seven-goal thriller at Anfield this evening, with the former taking home all three point thanks to a late Mohamed Salah penalty.

The Reds led four times during the contest but were pegged back on three occasions by Marcelo Bielsa's plucky outfit.

Virgil van Dijk netted at one end but was at fault for a Patrick Bamford equaliser in the first-half.

Salah was on target three times, twice from the penalty spot, while Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino struggled in front of goal.

But how did each player fare during the season opener between the champions of the top two divisions?

LIVERPOOL ratings (4-3-3)

ALISSON 6
Wasn't happy with Van Dijk for second, had little to do outside of goals.

ALEXANDER-ARNOLD 5
Got beaten for opening goal and struggled defensively for most of the game.

GOMEZ 5
Caught out of position often as part of a shaky defensive show.

VAN DIJK 5
Powerful header from corner but too relaxed and rare error at other end.

ROBERTSON 7
Great corner to set up Van Dijk and a constant threat down the left.

KEITA 6
Great run to put in Salah for penalty and superb pressing but faded.

HENDERSON 5
Looked off the pace early on as he struggled with little preparation.

WIJNALDUM 6
His dynamism is needed in this midfield but wasn't at his best.

SALAH 9

Looked really sharp, calm from the spot twice and a stunning second goal.

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FIRMINO 6
Link up play good but will want to be involved more in game.

MANE 7
Pressing all the time and had the beating of Ayling for most part.

Fabinho for Mane (58mins): 6

Jones for Henderson (66mins): 6

Matip for Alexander-Arnold (89 mins): N/A

Subs not used: Adrian, Milner, Minamino, Origi.

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