An 87th-minute header from defender Diego Llorente gave Leeds United a 1-1 dwelling draw with Liverpool inside the Premier League on Monday after the home side staged a protest in the direction of the breakaway Super League sooner than the kickoff.
Leeds avid gamers obtained right here out for his or her warm-up sporting shirts emblazoned with the slogan “Earn It” beneath the Champions League emblem – a reference to the reality that the proposed 20-club Super League might have 15 eternal members with no relegation.
A airplane flew overhead trailing a banner proclaiming “say no to superleague” whereas the Liverpool workforce coach was greeted with followers venting their anger.
The home side’s striker Patrick Bamford joined a chorus of critics who condemned the drive by 12 of Europe’s prime golf tools, along with Liverpool, to variety the breakaway opponents rivalling UEFA’s Champions League.
“We’ve obtained merely seen what all people has seen,” Bamford suggested Sky Sports activities actions.
“It’s fantastic the problems they’re talking about. I cannot comprehend. It’s fantastic the uproar and it’s a shame it isn’t like this with completely different points, like racism.
“We’re like followers. We gained’t take into account it and have no idea what’s going to happen. I’ve not seen one fan who’s happy, and soccer is in the long run regarding the followers. With out the followers soccer is nothing.”
Liverpool midfielder James Milner added: “I can solely say my view, I don’t favor it and hopefully it might not happen. I can take into consideration what has been said about it and I most likely agree with plenty of it.”
The consequence left Liverpool sixth on 53 elements from 32 video video games, one behind fifth-placed Chelsea who has a recreation in hand and two adrift of West Ham United in fourth. Leeds stayed tenth on 46 elements.
Sadio Mane fired Liverpool ahead inside the thirty first minute when he steered the ball into an empty internet from 15 metres after Trent Alexander-Arnold beat Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier to an prolonged Diogo Jota transfer and squared it to the Senegalese forward.
Roberto Firmino obtained right here close to together with a second shortly after the break nonetheless Leeds then pegged once more the visitors and missed plenty of chances sooner than Llorente rose above his markers to maneuver dwelling a Jack Harrison nook.
Substitute Mohamed Salah had scuffed a close-range shot intensive for Liverpool moments sooner than Llorente scored his first objective for Leeds and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain spurned a gilt-edged chance to seize a stoppage-time winner for the client.