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Leeds United‘s quest for their first win of the campaign continues as they slump to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool this evening. It was a disappointing performance from the Whites, who failed to show any kind of attacking creativity, with goals from Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Fabinho, coupled with a straight red for Pascal Struijk, ensuring all three points for the Reds.

Leeds United Player Ratings Vs Liverpool

Illan Meslier 7/10

Illan Meslier remained alert in between the sticks for Leeds United, but could not have possibly done much to save any of Liverpool’s two goals. Even made a couple of great saves to keep his side in the contest.

Luke Ayling 6/10

It was not the best of performances from Luke Ayling, who did not show enough solidity, especially from set-pieces. He was much more effective in the second half, but his slow start to the game hurt Leeds nonetheless.

Diego Llorente N/A

It was another unfortunate game for Diego Llorente, whose evening was cut short by an injury. He was subbed off around the half-hour mark and he might once again have to settle for a spell on the sidelines.

Liam Cooper 6/10

Liam Cooper couldn’t use his experience or leadership to marshal the Leeds United backline. Much like Ayling, though, he improved during the final phase of the game.

Junior Firpo 5/10

Junior Firpo had the freedom and even the space to make a few attacking runs forward. But the Spaniard couldn’t utilise his opportunities, and was rather subdued by Salah.

Leeds United Player Ratings Vs Liverpool - Ayling had a mixed evening.
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Kalvin Phillips 6.5/10

Kalvin Phillips did his job well in the middle of the park. He was the only real source of creativity for Leeds, but a lack of support from teammates made it easy for Liverpool to isolate him.

Raphinha 5.5/10

Raphinha wasn’t involved much in the game other than one or two attacking moments. Created one good opportunity for Rodrigo Moreno in the first-half, but nothing substantial after that.

Stuart Dallas 5.5/10

Stuart Dallas had an unlucky game as Llorente’s injury prevented him from playing in his usual attacking role. The further dismissal of Struijk made it worse.

Rodrigo Moreno 5/10

A poor first half from Rodrigo Moreno who had a good chance to score for Leeds United. Did not provide enough creativity in the final third and was taken off at half-time.

Jack Harrison 5/10

Not the best of games for Jack Harrison who wasn’t given much freedom going forward and struggled to take on opposition defenders. He was subbed off midway through the second half.

Patrick Bamford 5.5/10

Patrick Bamford had a largely anonymous evening as he struggled to get past Virgil van Dijk. Had one ambitious effort which made Alisson work, but nothing more than that.

SUBSTITUTES

Pascal Struijk: 4/10

Pascal Struijk replaced the injured Llorente at around the half-hour mark. But he didn’t last either, getting sent off after a nasty challenge on Harvey Elliott in the second half.

Tyler Roberts: 6.5/10

Tyler Roberts certainly offered more than Rodrigo in the first half, and clearly deserves to start ahead of the Spaniard in the next game.

Daniel James: 6/10

Daniel James made his much-awaited debut in the second half. However, the Welshman wasn’t quite influential in the final third.

Jack O’Brien

A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.