Souness heaps praise on Leeds after they push Liverpool all the way

‘Leeds have made a real statement tonight’: Graeme Souness heaps praise on Premier League new boys after they push Liverpool all the way in opening day thriller… and believes they’ve done Jurgen Klopp’s champions ‘a major favour’

  • Graeme Souness praised Leeds for their display in their 4-3 defeat to Liverpool 
  • Leeds battled bravely against Liverpool and gave a good account of themselves
  • Souness feels Leeds have shown Liverpool teams will try harder against them 

Graeme Souness has claimed that Leeds have done Liverpool ‘a major favour’ by given them a tough test in the opening day clash.

Leeds battled bravely at Anfield and ended up losing 4-3 in a hugely entertaining encounter.

Although Leeds left without anything to show for their efforts, Souness believes that they proved to Liverpool how difficult a task they will face this season, with teams set to up their game when they face them. 

Graeme Souness praised Leeds for their ‘incredible’ performance in their 4-3 loss to Liverpool

Souness believes Leeds have done Liverpool ‘a major favour’ by giving them a scare

Speaking on Sky Sports, Souness said: ‘I think that’s been a great night for Liverpool in the sense that this is what you’re going to get. You’re the champions, this is going to be everyone’s cup final. I think Leeds have done Liverpool a major favour.’

Liverpool are used to dominating games at Anfield, but Leeds managed to have 52 per cent possession as they gave a very good account of themselves.

Souness was impressed with the way in which Leeds operated and described their performance as ‘incredible’. 

Liverpool had to work extremely hard to prevail in the entertaining encounter at Anfield

He said: ‘Liverpool weren’t allowed to be at their best, Leeds hunted them down for the largest part of the game. Liverpool usually do that to teams that come here. 

‘Tonight Leeds had more possession at Anfield than Liverpool. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team do that to this Liverpool team. Incredible performance, but they’ve got nothing to show for it.’ 

Leeds found the net on three occasions, with Jack Harrison, Patrick Bamford and Mateusz Klich all scoring.

Although Marcelo Bielsa will want his side to be more resilient defensively, this was still a very encouraging performance to mark their return to the Premier League.

Liverpool, meanwhile, were vulnerable at the back, with Virgil van Dijk performing significantly below his usual standard. 

Jurgen Klopp’s side won the title at a canter last season but are now aware that they could face a considerably more difficult task this time around.  

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