Lіvеrрооl vs Leeds 4-3 – Extended Highlights & Goals – 2020
The greatest first round in boxing history, by common consent, took place at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas in 1985. Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns battered each other to a standstill for three minutes of swinging hooks, shuddering upper cuts and brutal combinations. When the commentator caught his breath, he summed up what he had seen. ‘There has been no boxing, just fighting here,’ he said.
At Anfield on Saturday, we were privileged to see one of the best first day games of any English football season. There was no boxing, just fighting. There was no defending – or none that interfered much – just attacking. There was no caution. It was all thrown to the wind. There was no timidity, just daring. Liverpool, the champions, and newly-promoted Leeds went at it like two of the great clubs of the English game and it was beautiful.
It was a seven-goal thriller, a spectacle that would have graced any opening day and quite a way for Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa to announce his eccentric genius to the Premier League.
Leeds, returning to the top flight for the first time in 16 years, played with the kind of boldness and determination to entertain that few sides attempt here at this fortress and there were times when Liverpool seemed taken aback by the impudence of their opponents.