London, September 13
Adopting his trademark crouching place within the technical space, Marcelo Bielsa intently studied the mayhem unfolding in entrance of him on the Anfield pitch.
Bielsa’s first English Premier League recreation as a supervisor was barely a half-hour previous and already there’d been 5 objectives, numerous probabilities and livid, end-to-end drama.
Back within the prime division after a 16-year absence, Leeds is actually going to be a enjoyable watch underneath the Argentine teaching nice this season.
Bielsa’s workforce went toe-to-toe with Liverpool within the first match of the champion’s title protection and was denied a degree solely after conceding a late penalty, transformed by Mohamed Salah to finish his hat trick and a wild 4-Three win for the hosts.
“It was eventful,” Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk stated with a smile, summing up a chaotic match.
“They are going to give trouble to many teams in the league.”
Leeds didn’t take a step again with its intense urgent fashion, coming from behind thrice at an empty Anfield after initially going behind to Salah’s first penalty of the sport within the fourth minute.
Salah was given the prospect to win the match within the 88th minute after a foul by Leeds’ high-profile new signing, Spain striker Rodrigo, and the Egypt ahead didn’t waste it.
The Premier League was beginning a month later than scheduled as a result of pandemic that’s nonetheless stopping followers from attending video games. With the house crowd at Anfield usually thought to be the workforce’s “12th man,” Liverpool is affected by the scenario as a lot as anybody else.
“Without fans it’s so tough, especially at Anfield. Everybody knows that,” stated Salah, who scored within the opening spherical of a Premier League for the fourth straight yr. “But it’s a good start for us.”
EASY FOR ARSENAL
Arsenal additionally opened in opposition to a promoted workforce and located it far more simple.
Fulham was swotted apart in a 3-Zero residence loss to the Gunners, with Brazil winger Willian organising all the objectives on his debut after a cross-London swap from Chelsea.
Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel — one other debutant from Brazil — and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been the beneficiaries of Willian’s work at Craven Cottage.
“I don’t think it gets much better than that,” Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta stated after his workforce opened league play having already featured within the first match of the English season — a win over Liverpool within the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium final month.
It already seems to be destined to be an extended season for Fulham, whose defending was suspect after they have been relegated from the Premier League two seasons in the past after conceding a division-high 81 objectives.
“This year we are going to lose football matches,” Fulham supervisor Scott Parker stated, “but what we can’t afford to do is when you go and lose two or three on the bounce — which is going to happen with us — let it cripple you.”
Crystal Palace defied an extended damage listing to beat Southampton 1-Zero because of a 13th-minute objective from Wilfried Zaha, the workforce’s talismanic ahead.
With 5 defenders lacking, Palace supervisor Roy Hodgson fielded a makeshift again line which managed to maintain at bay a Southampton workforce that was one of many strongest groups on the street final season.
Zaha, who grabbed the winner with a volley from Andros Townsend’s cross, began as a central striker to provide him freedom. His objective was a reminder of his skills after a quiet 2019-20 season which meant there was much less noise than ordinary a few doable transfer away from Palace.
“Every transfer window I have been involved in, Wilf has made noises he would like to play for a club that can offer him Champions League football and a step up in his career after he has given us so much good service,” Hodgson stated.
“But for anything to happen, that club needs to come in and pay the asking price and until that time happens, I am very happy to keep working with Wilf.”
Newcastle’s seemingly astute work within the switch market in latest weeks would possibly assist to ease frustration on the membership after the collapse of a Saudi-backed takeover bid.
Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick, two of the offseason signings, marked their debuts by scoring in a 2-Zero win at West Ham.
Hendrick offered a flick-on for Wilson to poke him the opener within the 56th, earlier than scoring himself within the 87th at London Stadium.
Left again Jamal Lewis, an offseason arrival from Norwich, additionally began and impressed in opposition to West Ham. AP