After getting knocked out by Real Madrid from the Champions League, Liverpool returned to Premier League action tonight for their clash against Leeds United, who came into the game off the back of 2-1 win over Manchester City.
Three points against Marcelo Bielsa's side would ensure fourth place for Liverpool by the end of this game week, boosting their top four and a Champions League spot hopes (that is, if the detested European Super League doesn't go through).
However, if Brighton fail to defeat Chelsea in their fixture, Liverpool will have to do with fifth place for now.
We saw two chances in the lineup from the goalless draw to Madrid last week, Thiago Alcantara coming in for Fabinho, who had to slot in beside Kabak to replace Phillips, who missed the match due to a "minor hamstring problem", the club had confirmed. Mohamed Salah, shockingly, was benched and Diogo Jota was given his first start since Aston Villa at Anfield.
A game of two halves, in which Liverpool dominated the first one, and got dominated in the second one. Leeds mobilized their forces after halftime and got a well-deserved goal through Llorente at the 85th minute. The 1-1 draw saw Liverpool sit on fifth place, with Chelsea at sixth having a game in hand.
Liverpool are yet to win four Premier League games in a row this season.
Here are the player ratings.
ALISSON BECKER 7
Had very little to do in the first half, but his save from Bamford made sure his side didn't go 1-0 down. Had his work cut out in the second half, making multiple massive saves but he could have done better for the Leeds goal.
TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD 6.5
What was going to be a third consecutive class game from the Scouser turned out to be a disappointment. A beautiful touch from Alexander Arnold was the season Sadio Mané could get his first goal in 10 games from a simple tap in. However, he was quite shaky in the second half.
OZAN KABAK 6.5
To put it bluntly, he played like an animal in the first half, but his mistake in the second half, his only mistake, cost his team the lead and three pitch.
Yet again, our Brazilian midfielder was forced into defended after Phillips' injury. A rare error from him almost resulted in a Leeds goal but did not live to rue it because of his goalkeeper.
ANDREW ROBERTSON 7
Another solid game from the Scotsman, bombing is the wings and trying to make things happen.
GEORGINIO WJINALDUM 6
A poor game by Wjinaldum, who was making way more attacking contributions than usual in the first half but ghosted in the second one.
JAMES MILNER 6.5
Decent game, nothing spectacular bar him trying to score a screamer with the inside of his left boot and tackling Kalvin Phillips.
THIAGO ALCANTARA 7
Started the game slowly but was immense later on, on both sides of the pitch but did not carry on that to the second half.
SADIO MANÉ 6.5
He started the game just like how he did against Madrid, but this time, he didst "fizzle out". His first goal in 10 games has hopefully boosted his confidence.
ROBERTO FIRMINO 6.5
The least impressive of the front three tonight, but still was decent before the second half. He was at fault for the Leeds goal as well.
DIOGO JOTA 7.5
His vision created the first goal in stunning fashion. Looked uneasy when he started the game on the right-wing, where Salah plays, but he upped his game after he switched wings with Mané. A very good game, overall.
MOHAMED SALAH 6
Failed to influence the game, though he only had 20 minutes to play.