An 87th-minute header from defender Diego Llorente gave Leeds United a 1-1 dwelling draw with Liverpool within the Premier League on Monday after the house facet staged a protest towards the breakaway Tremendous League earlier than the kickoff.
Leeds gamers got 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 truth that the proposed 20-club Tremendous League could have 15 everlasting 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 house facet’s striker Patrick Bamford joined a refrain of critics who condemned the drive by 12 of Europe’s prime golf equipment, together with Liverpool, to kind the breakaway competitors rivalling UEFA’s Champions League.
“We’ve got simply seen what everybody has seen,” Bamford advised Sky Sports activities.
“It’s wonderful the issues they’re speaking about. I can not comprehend. It’s wonderful the uproar and it’s a disgrace it is not like this with different issues, like racism.
“We’re like followers. We won’t consider it and do not know what’s going to occur. I have not seen one fan who’s pleased, and soccer is in the end in regards to the followers. With out the followers soccer is nothing.”
Liverpool midfielder James Milner added: “I can solely say my view, I do not prefer it and hopefully it would not occur. I can think about what has been stated about it and I in all probability agree with a number of it.”
The consequence left Liverpool sixth on 53 factors from 32 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 factors.
Sadio Mane fired Liverpool forward within the thirty first minute when he steered the ball into an empty web from 15 metres after Trent Alexander-Arnold beat Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier to an extended Diogo Jota move and squared it to the Senegalese ahead.
Roberto Firmino got here near including a second shortly after the break however Leeds then pegged again the guests and missed a number of probabilities earlier than Llorente rose above his markers to move dwelling a Jack Harrison nook.
Substitute Mohamed Salah had scuffed a close-range shot extensive for Liverpool moments earlier than Llorente scored his first purpose for Leeds and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain spurned a gilt-edged likelihood to grab a stoppage-time winner for the customer.