Liverpool vs Leeds United: Salah scores hat-trick in League opener

Liverpool vs Leeds United: Salah scores hat-trick in League opener

- Liverpool vs Leeds United clash saw both sides score seven goals

- The Reds kicked off their title defence on a winning note

- Mohamed Salah scored the first hat-trick of the 2020-21 season as they cruised to slim victory over the newly-promoted side

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Liverpool got their Premier League title defence off to a winning note following their victory over newly-promoted side Leeds United at Anfield.

The Reds needed Mohamed Salah's late minute penalty to survive the scare of Marcelo Bielsa's men at the end of the encounter.

It took the defending champions just four minutes to open the scoring from the penalty spot after Robin Koch handled the ball in his own 18-yard box.

And the Egyptian goal king made no mistake before putting the ball into the roof of the net as they took the lead earlier in the game.

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Jack Harrison, however, levelled up for the visitors in the 12th minute after dribbling past two Liverpool defenders before putting the ball behind Alisson Becker.

Inspirational defender Virgil van Dijk doubled his side's lead in the 20th minute after a powerful header from a superb Andrew Robertson's cross.

The Peacocks again came back into the game on the half-hour mark after Patrick Bamford benefited from Van Dijk's poor clearance. The 27-year-old challenged the Dutchman and forced him to make a mistake in the process.

Salah completed his brace while handing his side the lead for the third time in the game after firing into the net from close range with his left foot.

His goal ensured the home team maintained their leadership in the game at the end of the opening half.

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Mateusz Klich put Leeds United back into the game with another fine finish with Helder Costa claiming the assist for his side's third goal.

However, Mohamed Salah sealed the win for Jurgen Klopp's men in the last two minutes as they start their campaign for the new season on a winning note.

Liverpool vs Leeds United: Salah scores hat-trick in Reds Premier League opener
Mohamed Salah secured the win. Photo credit: Instagram/mosalah
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Earlier, Barcelona fans can now heave a huge sigh of relief after their captain Lionel Messi confirms he will continue at the club next season.

The 33-year-old has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou with Manchester City tipped as a possible destination for the forward.

Inter Milan, Manchester United and a few other clubs also showed interest in the Argentine who has now decided to commit another season to the Catalan club.

"When I communicated my wish to leave to my wife and children, it was a brutal drama," Messi told Goal in an exclusive interview.

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