Llorente earns Whites a share of the spoils

20 Apr 2021 08:04 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Tuesday 20th April, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Leeds make their position clear regarding Super League

Leeds and Liverpool fans flocked to Elland Road last night in their hundreds, united in their cause to protest against the Super League. 12 clubs have signed up to the new ESL competition - six of them from the Premier League. Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham. They join AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid.

The so called elite clubs want a new mid-week European competition, but also want to continue in their domestic leagues. The 14 top flight clubs not signed are meeting today to discuss the matter. To give Liverpool their dues, Manager Jurgen Klopp, and James Milner defied company lines by speaking out against the Super League.

The Whites earned themselves brownie points ahead of this mornings meeting. Leeds players came out for their warm-up wearing shirts emblazoned with the slogan “Earn It” under the Champions League logo and a plane flew overhead trailing a banner saying “say no to superleague”. Jurgen Klopp later described the Leeds shirts as 'a joke'! Leeds had made identical shirts for the Liverpool players, which were left in the dressing room for them, but they refused to wear them!





Llorente earns Whites a share of the spoils

Diego Llorente late equaliser three minutes from time sent millions of neutral football fans into jubilation last night. Why was this? Could it be true. We ALL love Leeds? Unfortunately not! Leeds opponents Liverpool were one of 12 elite clubs to have signed up for the controversial Super League, which if it happens, could change football forever!

Llorente's first goal in English football came from a corner. Harrison's in swinging corner towards a cluster of Leeds players fell nicely for the Spaniard. His downward header gave Alisson no chance. Liverpool deservedly took the lead on the half hour mark. Wave after wave of attacks, were eventually rewarded when Sadio Mane fired the ball into an empty net. Trent Alexander-Arnold latched on to a long ball before squaring it to the Senegalese International. Bamford could have taken the lead minutes before in a rare Leeds attack but was thwarted by Alisson when one on one.

If the reds had the lions share of the first half, the Whites certainly made amends after the break. Harrison had a great effort kept out by Alisson's legs after great work by Roberts. Minutes later Ayling's 50 yard pinpoint pass found Bamford on the edge of the penalty area. His exquisite first touch allowed Leeds no 9 to thump a rasping half volley, only to be denied by the woodwork. Roberts too was denied, this time by the Brazilian shot stopper.

All in all, a draw seems to be a fair result. This was only Leeds fourth draw of the season, less (or joint) than any other team in the football league!




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Irish Ian wrote on 20 Apr 2021 05:23 pm

DavidH wrote: Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:37 am Our display in the second half was a huge improvement on the lacklustre first half. I often wonder if we as a club new to the Premiership, have an inferiority complex against certain top sides, and it takes Marcelo to drum into their heads at half time, how much they are underestimating themselves.
Liverpool were tiring by halftime which allowed Leeds to use Alioski as their outlet.
That changed the balance of the game. That is why Bielsa didnt make any subs at HT.

Liverpool were excellent at pressing us and also closing down the passing angles, all the things Leeds are good at. Sometimes we have to just accept that we are up against better, more experienced players. When Leeds were playing at the likes of Reading and Preston those lads were at the Nou Camp.

Lumiukko wrote on 20 Apr 2021 05:22 pm

Finnatic wrote: Tue Apr 20, 2021 2:13 pm I’m undecided on Poveda, but he was totally involved from the second he came on, he hugged the touch line and kept Robertson busy.
I can’t remember Robertson venturing past the halfway line after that.
Also, with Dallas dropping back to LB we looked more solid down the left and therefore Trent AA hardly ventured forwards too.
You could say they were happy holding onto 1-0 but because of those two changes, we did pin them in their own half apart from the odd break away.
Very good analysis and pretty much sums my thoughts up too. Felt Joffy might have been a better option than Pablo (sorry Pablo, I do love you but the future, you are not). Save Pablo for 45 minutes in the last (home) game of the season against WBA.

Also, as someone else said, Klopp needs to stop taking things too personal and being so touchy. I can only guess he's doing it to deflect from them missing the chance togo top 4.

Irish Ian wrote on 20 Apr 2021 05:17 pm

Finnatic wrote: Tue Apr 20, 2021 2:13 pm I’m undecided on Poveda, but he was totally involved from the second he came on, he hugged the touch line and kept Robertson busy.
I can’t remember Robertson venturing past the halfway line after that.
Also, with Dallas dropping back to LB we looked more solid down the left and therefore Trent AA hardly ventured forwards too.
You could say they were happy holding onto 1-0 but because of those two changes, we did pin them in their own half apart from the odd break away.
He played in Roberts who found himself with all the time in the world to pick his spot.

Irish Ian wrote on 20 Apr 2021 05:14 pm

Muppet the Cat wrote: Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:42 am I would have given Gelhardt, instead of Poveda, go at some point yesterday.
Poveda did well last night Him. Coming on gave us a threat we didnt have in Costa.

Joffy hopefully will get his chance.

mothbanquet wrote on 20 Apr 2021 04:20 pm

1964white wrote: Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:10 pm Some would disagree with you on that point

I've been saying the same for two years.
Alioski tried his best and had a couple of good moments but Dallas has always been a more solid choice. Problem is, he's proved himself just as solid in CMF so it's a catch-22. With the strong possibility of a new LB in the summer though, it's a problem that should rectify itself soon enough.