Liverpool U23s fell to their first Premier League 2 defeat of the season with a 2-1 reverse at Tottenham Hotspur.
Kaide Gordon gave Barry Lewtas’ side an early lead in Saturday’s match at Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium, but Alfie Devine equalised just after the half-hour mark and then grabbed an 81st-minute winner for Spurs.
Lewtas told Liverpoolfc.com: “We came up against a really good Tottenham team today so fair play to them, they kept the ball really well. I thought we had a few good moments, we started the game really well and scored.
“They grew into the game and had good spells of possession, but I thought we managed it quite well. I’m probably a little bit disappointed that we couldn’t maintain the periods of possession, there were a few too many turnovers, but the game didn’t lack any honesty from us and we lost it just at the end.
“Obviously we’re disappointed but there are lots of positives to take. It was a young team out there today.
“A few of the lads are new to this level [and] the speed of the game, so in real key moments we needed to maintain possession of the ball better and I think that would have given us that little bit more control and a bit more of a foothold in the game. It would have allowed us to grow into the game a bit more.
“I think there were plenty of opportunities for the lads to learn and that’s what it’s about. Obviously we’re disappointed to lose but I think we will get better from this game. They’re a real good set of lads and we’ll definitely improve and grow from this.”
Liverpool U23s: Pitaluga, Gallacher, Koumetio (Wilson, 85), Clayton, Beck, Corness (Boyes, 58), Morton, Gordon, Bearne, Musialowski (Norris, 58), Woltman.
Unused substitute: Hughes.
Oakley Cannonier’s last-minute equaliser secured a 3-3 draw for Liverpool U18s in Saturday’s eventful trip to Nottingham Forest.
The forward scored a predatory diving header - his sixth goal in three U18 Premier League North appearances this season - to ensure the young Reds emerged from an incident-packed match with a hard-earned point.
Marc Bridge-Wilkinson was forced to make two first-half substitutions due to injuries sustained by Francis Gyimah and James McConnell, who had earlier put his team in front before Forest turned the game on its head.
Detlef Esapa Osong netted twice and Ben Hammond added a third, but Liverpool debutant Bobby Clark pulled one back during the 10 minutes of first-half stoppage time.
The young Reds duly dominated the second period and were thwarted on several occasions by Forest goalkeeper Aaron Bott prior to Cannonier’s deserved late leveller.
Liverpool weathered an early storm in the form of a front-foot, high-tempo start from Forest, with Harvey Davies producing a superb reaction save to tip a powerful Osong drive onto the crossbar inside the opening minute.
Having gained a foothold, the visitors strung together a quality move that earned them an 11th-minute lead as McConnell met Terence Miles’ inviting cross with a diving header at the back post.
But Forest soon drew level through Osong, who showcased nifty footwork inside the box and accurately found the bottom corner.
Bridge-Wilkinson had to make his first substitution and direct a positional reshuffle shortly before the half-hour mark as debutant left-back Gyimah sustained a knock to the head and attacking midfielder James Balagizi came on.
And, just a few minutes later, Osong made it 2-1, the striker racing down the Forest left prior to beating Davies with a near-post finish.
Another Liverpool change was required when McConnell was clattered into by Pharrell Johnson and the hosts quickly extended their advantage as Hammond slid home the loose ball amid a scramble following a corner.
However, the young Reds reduced the deficit back to one goal courtesy of Clark, the new arrival from Newcastle United controlling Johnson’s attempted headed clearance on his chest and firing low beyond Bott.
There was real intent about Bridge-Wilkinson’s side straight after the restart and Melkamu Frauendorf - filling in at right-back following Gyimah’s injury - saw a low strike repelled by Bott, before the Forest goalkeeper was at full stretch to divert Harvey Blair’s long-range curler wide.
Cannonier came on just after the hour and twice went close to equalising within minutes of his introduction.
First, Cannonier was unable to adjust his body in time to find the target from Clark’s pacy cross, before Bott denied the forward after Balagizi had surged through midfield and found him with a pass.
A deliberate handball saw Forest’s Zach Abbott dismissed for a second booking with four minutes remaining and there was still time for Bott to frustrate Cannonier with another save before the goal finally arrived.
Miles delivered into the area and Cannonier stooped to direct Luca Stephenson’s knock-down into the net.
Liverpool U18s: Davies, Miles, Gyimah (Balagizi, 28), Omoruyi, Bajcetic, Stephenson, Roberts, Frauendorf, Blair (Cannonier, 63), McConnell (Pilling, 41), Clark.
Unused substitute: Mrozek.
Mohamed Salah needs just one more goal to bring up his 100th in the Premier League.
Liverpool's No.11 registered his 99th in the recent draw at Anfield against his former club Chelsea, for whom he also scored twice in the competition during the 2013-14 campaign.
Should he find the back of the net at Leeds United on Sunday in what would be his 162nd top-flight appearance, Salah would become the fifth-fastest player to reach a century of goals in the Premier League.
For more facts and figures ahead of the encounter at Elland Road, read on...
Salah has scored 16 goals in his last 20 away games in all competitions.
Diogo Jota has scored six goals for the Reds in his last six away appearances in the Premier League.
Sadio Mane is two goals shy of netting 100 for Liverpool in all competitions. If he reaches the century, he will become the 18th Red in history to achieve the feat.
Should Joe Gomez begin the game, it will be his 100th start for the club in all competitions.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's next start will be his 50th for the Reds in league and cup.
Liverpool are unbeaten in the last 13 league games (10 wins, three draws) since the home defeat by Fulham last March.
They have gone eight away league games without defeat since the 3-1 loss at Leicester City in February.
No Liverpool player has ever scored a hat-trick away at Leeds.
The last two Elland Road meetings in the league have finished all-square and not since 1930 has there been a third successive league draw at Leeds.
Liverpool's last league win at Elland Road was a 1-0 victory in October 2002 courtesy of Salif Diao's winner. The match was three weeks before James Milner's first-team debut for Leeds.
Liverpool FC Women's senior and U21s squads have given their support to If You Care Share's 'Inside Out' campaign to mark World Suicide Prevention Day today.
The campaign stresses how important it is to talk and get what’s on the inside out.
The U21s warmed up for their match against Manchester United at Marine wearing T-shirts carrying that significant message.
First-team players Rhiannon Roberts, Katie Startup, Rylee Foster, Jasmine Matthews and Meikayla Moore donned the T-shirts at training at The Campus, meanwhile.
Plus, the rest of the squad joined with the campaign’s request for everyone to wear an item of clothing inside out today by turning their training tops outside in.
It is hoped the simple action will prompt conversations and might save a life by helping someone to open up about their mental health.
You can share your ‘Inside Out’ picture on social media using the hashtag #AskMeWhy and more information is available @IFUCARESHARE.
Liverpool will be preparing carefully in the coming days for the specific challenges of facing a Marcelo Bielsa tactical system, explained Jürgen Klopp.
The Reds resume Premier League business on Sunday with a trip to Leeds United, aiming to build on the seven points they collected in the three games before the international break.
With several players only returning to the AXA Training Centre in recent days from duty with their countries, Klopp is looking to maximise the time he now has with the full group to make specific tweaks for the clash with Bielsa’s Leeds.
“In general, Marcelo Bielsa’s style and philosophy and how they defend is different, it’s man-marking over the whole pitch. So you have to know about it,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“But we had with some players now a week’s time to prepare it and some only come back training today [Thursday] but have recovery and stuff like this. So maybe tomorrow [Friday] and hopefully Saturday we have two sessions where we can probably prepare it. But it’s special.
“Against Leeds, high intense, they go for it. They are good in possession, I think so far second or third in possession. Didn’t have the points yet they want to have but they for sure think they have a good chance against us. But they didn’t play us yet in this season.
“We are hopefully good, as good as we can, and then we are difficult to play. How always, when we are difficult to play we have a chance to win – and that’s what we try.”
Elland Road will be full for the 4.30pm BST kick-off, marking the first time Liverpool have experienced the stadium at capacity in a league match since February 2004.
But Klopp and his players do not have to look far for expert advice on what to expect in Yorkshire.
Reds vice-captain James Milner, who was back in team training during Thursday’s session, began his professional career with hometown club Leeds.
“I heard about it but cannot say a lot. We have to probably ask Millie exactly how it is,” said the boss. “Millie knows it from both perspectives; not sure, maybe not. Not sure if he played there with another Premier League team. Who knows? But he can tell us how it is and he will tell us.
“We are used to a very special atmosphere obviously when we play at home. In the Premier League there are obviously some grounds with a really good atmosphere – so, if Leeds is another one, good for them and we have to deal with it.”
Sunday’s encounter is the first of seven for Liverpool in 22 days, encompassing fixtures in the league, Champions League group phase and Carabao Cup.
Following a more staggered beginning to the season, then the pause for international football, Klopp is eager to enter the rhythm of three games per week again.
Asked about using the squad for the upcoming period, he said: “Absolutely, that’s how it is.
“And how you know, we are Liverpool and that means everybody expects us to win each game. It’s not about, ‘Here we can a little bit…’ We will use each source, each leg we have and we’ll try to be as successful as possible.
“I’m actually looking forward to it. It’s now really long enough – we had a long summer, we had a long pre-season, now we had these three games with always a week between. Now, come on, we are used to the rhythm of playing every three days.
“We wanted [and] we were so happy to qualify for the Champions League – now it starts, so all good.”
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Liverpool return to Premier League action with a trip to Elland Road this Sunday, aiming to build on a start to 2021-22 that has yielded seven points from three games.
The Reds boss previewed the clash with Leeds during a chat with the media via video call and you can see everything Klopp has to say in our YouTube video below.
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The Reds are hard at work ahead of the resumption of the Premier League campaign, which sees them take on Leeds United this Sunday.
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Liverpool's work ahead of Sunday's meeting with Leeds United continued at a rainswept AXA Training Centre on Thursday afternoon.
The Reds travel to Elland Road having taken seven points from their opening three Premier League matches of the campaign.
Their latest session, which was partially conducted amid a deluge from the skies, saw several of Jürgen Klopp's squad return from international duty and James Milner participate after injury.
Check out 50 photos of the workout below...
Photos by Andrew Powell - @andyphotolfc
Jürgen Klopp has confirmed Virgil van Dijk is fully fit after international duty, and provided updates on Harvey Elliott, Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita, James Milner and Takumi Minamino.
Liverpool resume their Premier League campaign with a trip to Leeds United this Sunday and will be able to call on Van Dijk, who quickly shook off a minor knock while representing the Netherlands on Tuesday night.
Elliott is now fit, too, following his withdrawal from England U21s duty, but Firmino and Minamino are continuing to recover from injuries and Milner has yet to resume team training.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com on Thursday afternoon, Klopp said: “Taki is already here for a while, he got injured obviously with Japan.
“With Virgil, that was obviously a scary moment, you can imagine. I sent him a message after the game, ‘Are you alright?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘100 per cent?’ ‘200 per cent.’ ‘Come on, send me a video of you without limping...’ ‘I’m only limping off.’
“So he called me from the bus and said, ‘Boss, I’m fine!’ I said, ‘Why are you limping then?’ He said, ‘My wife asked the same!’ So, yeah, that was a bit of a tricky moment but apart from that, no, all fine [for the other international players].
“Bobby is not [fit], it happened in the game [against Chelsea] obviously.
“Harvey is fine again.
“Millie, we have to see. Millie has to be part of team training yet, he was not part of team training so far, so we will see what he can do today. But he will get closer definitely.”
Klopp also explained Keita is now back on Merseyside as the Reds step up their preparations for the weekend clash at Elland Road.
“Naby is fine,” said the boss. “Yesterday he was not here [at the AXA Training Centre] but he was in Liverpool again. I will have a chat with him today, but from what I know from all the calls and talks we had, he’s fine.”
Kostas Tsimikas and Conor Bradley were involved in World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday evening.
Tsimikas enjoyed a successful night as he played the entirety of Greece's 2-1 victory over Sweden in Athens.
Fellow full-back Bradley earned his third Northern Ireland cap when he came off the bench with 68 minutes on the clock in their goalless draw with Switzerland.
Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold were unused substitutes as England drew 1-1 away at Poland.
Check out our gallery from Liverpool FC Women's Thursday afternoon training session at The Campus.
After beating Watford Women 3-2 away last weekend, Matt Beard's squad's sights are now set on Sunday's clash with Bristol City Women at Prenton Park.
Take a look at how the Reds' preparations for the FA Women's Championship fixture are going below.
Photos by John Powell
Liverpool FC has released the following away ticket details for the Carabao Cup third-round tie with Norwich City on Tuesday September 21.
The match at Carrow Road will kick-off at 7.45 BST.
The club have received a total allocation of 2,669 tickets for this all-ticket fixture and supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel.
Please only buy tickets if you plan on attending the game – tickets are strictly non-transferable.
Supporters in possession of concessionary tickets will be asked for ID at the turnstiles with entry refused, if the relevant ID is not provided.
Sir Kenny Dalglish Box holders, Premium Level and Centenary Club members should contact the hospitality department on 0151 264 2222, option 2.
We have received 13 pairs of wheelchair and personal assistant tickets; ambulant and personal assistant tickets are also available, and concessions apply.
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The below sales will take place ONLINE only and you may have to queue at times.
Tickets will be available to season ticket holders and official Members based on League Cup away fixtures recorded during the 2019-20, 2017-18 and 2016-17 seasons:
Five games: from 1pm on Friday September 10
Supporters are guaranteed a ticket and can purchase one ticket per supporter ID number, up to a maximum of 10 tickets per booking.
Sales will then take place subject to availability on a first come, first served basis until sold out.
Supporters can purchase one ticket per supporter ID number, up to a maximum of four tickets per booking.
Four or more games: from 11am on Monday September 13
Three or more games: from 1pm on Monday September 13
Should tickets remain following the initial sales, Liverpool FC will provide further sales updates here.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we understand that there are some fans who may not want to or cannot attend matches straight away. To ensure a fair ticket distribution process, we will not use any game credits from season 2021-22 as eligibility for ticket sales from season 2022-23 and beyond.
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Liverpool have been told they "could really use" signing Genk striker Paul Onuachu by the Belgian club's sporting director.
Onuachu, 27, has been one of the standout centre-forwards in the Pro League since joining Genk in 2019, scoring 33 goals in 38 appearances last season.
It is hard to miss the Nigeria international, who stands six-foot-seven-inches tall and has started the current campaign strongly with three goals in all competitions.
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Liverpool are in a three-club battle to sign Red Bull Salzburg wonderkid Karim Adeyemi.
That's according to German outlet Bild, who write that the Reds are in the running to sign one of the most promising young strikers in Europe.
Bayern Munich and Barcelona are also eyeing a move for the 19-year-old, who scored just seven goals last season in the Austrian Bundesliga.
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Liverpool FC has released the following information regarding ticket sales for the upcoming Champions League tie with AC Milan at Anfield.
The Group B match will kick off at 8pm BST on Wednesday September 15.TICKET PRICES
Adults: £37- £59
Over 65s: £28-£44
Young adults: £18.50-£29.50
Local general sale: £9
A full breakdown of the pricing structure can be found here.
Official LFC Hospitality: Please call 0151 264 2222 for details, or buy online.
Disabled supporters: Click here for details.SUPPORTERS ENROLLED INTO THE AUTO CUP SCHEME
Payment will automatically be processed for supporters enrolled into the Auto Cup scheme from Wednesday September 8.
Click here for further information including what to do if your payment fails.ALL OTHER SUPPORTERS
The below sales will take place online only:
Priority Rights Holders: From 11am on Thursday September 9.
For important stadium access information and eligibility details, please click here.
Season ticket holders and Members who recorded all four of the following home games played during season 2019-20: Napoli, KRC Genk, FC Salzburg and Atletico Madrid: From 2pm on Thursday September 9.
Season ticket holders and Members who recorded one of the following home games played during season 2019-20: Napoli, KRC Genk, FC Salzburg and Atletico Madrid: From 10am on Friday September 10.
Tickets in the following sales will be subject to availability on a first come, first served basis, and a queuing system will be in place.
All season ticket holders and Members: From 2pm on Friday September 10.
Supporters eligible for the Local General Sale: From 8.15am on Monday September 13.IMPORTANT CHANGES TO STADIUM ACCESS FOR SEASON 2021-22
Season ticket holders and official members: Stadium entry for season 2021-22 is now digital using an NFC pass on your smartphone.
For those supporters that have not yet downloaded their NFC pass onto their phone, please click here for the step-by-step guides for both Android (Google) and iPhone (Apple) mobile phones.
To ensure you do not have issues with internet connectivity, we strongly recommend that supporters download their pass in advance of travelling to Anfield.
We also strongly recommend that supporters check that your ticket for the match is displayed on your NFC pass, in advance of travelling to Anfield.
To help speed up the flow of supporters through the turnstiles, please arrive early and have your phone ready and unlocked with your ticket displayed on your screen.
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Please also take time out to read the important information on our website on the return of supporters to Anfield.GENERAL INFORMATION
The club reserves the right to change any sale to a controlled sale if given advice from the police or other relevant authorities.
Whether or not a manager should go back to a club where they were successful before is one of those evergreen debates in football.
But in the case of Matt Beard’s return to Liverpool FC Women this summer, that debate feels moot.
Given that the squad, the staff, the training ground, the stadium and even the team’s name, after their rebrand from Liverpool Ladies in 2018, have all changed since 2015, in many ways this isn’t the same club Beard left behind for his adventure with Boston Breakers of the National Women’s Soccer League.
“It’s been hard seeing what’s happened here from a distance over the last few years,” the 43-year-old, who also managed West Ham United and Bristol City before his Merseyside return in May, tells Liverpoolfc.com.
“But I’m excited to be back and to be working for the football club again. This is a completely different scenario to before and it’s just about us trying to achieve our goals over the course of the season.”
Beard’s achievements at Liverpool between 2012 and 2015 were huge, including two Women’s Super League titles and a first qualification for the Women’s Champions League.
This time, the goal is firstly to return to the WSL, but as the bulk of Beard’s squad learned last season under predecessor Vicky Jepson and interim manager Amber Whiteley, there’s nothing simple about escaping from a fiercely competitive division where only the champions are promoted.
With more quality and investment flowing into the second tier than ever before, Beard regards this edition of the FA Women’s Championship as ‘the toughest ever’.
“Everyone has strengthened their squads and this division is becoming more appealing to players from the Super League now, because of the opportunities to play and still be a full-time footballer,” says the two-time WSL Manager of the Year, who is working at this level for the first time.
“You look at Durham, a team that’s improved year in, year out player-wise and organisation-wise, Sheffield United, clubs like Coventry United and Charlton Athletic going full-time, Bristol City coming down from the Super League.
“It’s not like it was last year, when Liverpool and Leicester City were the main full-time clubs, you’ve now got five or six clubs that are full-time, and I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion by any stretch of the imagination. There’s probably four or five teams that can compete to win the division.”
Liverpool reacted strongly to the setback of losing their opening Championship match of the season by beating Watford Women 3-2 at Vicarage Road in their second outing last weekend.
There is genuine optimism about what Beard’s team can do in their remaining 20 fixtures - and why not, with a record number of season ticket holders there to cheer them on at Prenton Park and no fewer than eight new signings added to the squad.
Many of those players have either represented Liverpool before (Yana Daniels and Jasmine Matthews) or previously played under Beard at different clubs - a level of familiarity which it’s hoped can help them all settle into the club and city quicker.
“We had a good squad anyway, so it’s about just improving the strength and depth and addressing what I would call the balance of the squad,” Beard explains.
“The good thing for me is, although everything changes every year and you’re not always going to play the same way, the ones who have worked with me before know what I expect and how I work, and that makes the transition a lot easier. There are numerous things that you take into account, but I’m delighted with the business we did this summer.”
A smooth settling-in process has also been key for Beard himself during the months since his unveiling - not something that can be taken for granted when you’re uprooting a young family for the fifth time in nine years.
“That’s the toughest part when you do this job,” he admits. “My priority is always making sure that my wife and kids are settled, and we’ve had a few ups and downs with that, I’m not going to lie. The kids are a bit older now, so moving obviously impacts them a bit more than it would have done before, and it’s the impact it has on your wife as well.
“But we loved living here before, we’re settled where we live and everyone is in a good place. We managed to get the kids into school before the last term ended, and they like the school and got to meet a few people. I’m thankful for their support, because obviously my job is what keeps us moving! But looking at the situation now, I’d love this to be long term, so my family can get settled, get through school etcetera. Fingers crossed that’s how it all works out.
“Football is the be-all and end-all in Liverpool, I’ve never lived anywhere like it, so it’s a fascinating place to be and I’m very lucky to have that opportunity to come back. The club could have gone in a different direction, but they put their trust in me to hopefully get us back up.”
It’s a good thing Beard has spent plenty of time in Liverpool before, otherwise he might not know what to make of a character like Missy Bo Kearns. Aged just 20 but heading into her 10th year at the club and third full season in the first team, midfielder Kearns is brimming with confidence after being named last season’s Standard Chartered Women’s Player of the Season - although that’s not the word Beard would choose to use.
“Cheekiness, I would say!” he laughs. “But I wouldn’t change that for the world, because it makes me smile and it makes the players smile. I remember when I first came up here in 2012 I used to go to training at least once a week at the Academy, going to a few of the games and the presentation evening, and she always stood out.
“The great thing is, the love she has for this club is phenomenal. For her everything is about Liverpool, everything’s about football. You look at her deliveries on set-plays, we’ve worked on other parts of her game in pre-season which we’re already seeing big improvements in, and she wants to get better, she wants to learn, so it’s going to be really exciting to see how she develops over this year. I’ve got a track record of giving young players chances at every club I’ve been at, it’s so important because they already have that love for the club. But Missy Bo…what a character.”
So, what can those new season ticket holders expect on Sunday afternoons over the water at Prenton between now and next May? Beard is honest about the trade-off between entertaining the fans and the one consideration that must always trump all others: winning games and securing promotion.
“We want a team that excites and hits teams on the counter, but also one that’s committed to the cause. And the one thing I can guarantee is, whether they’re starting or coming off the bench, our players will be committed to the cause and will work hard,” he finishes.
“We do have a lot of flair and talent in our squad - but realistically it’s about winning football matches. I look at the Blackburn game in pre-season [a 2-0 defeat] as a big learning curve, because we dominated the ball but couldn’t quite break them down and convert our chances.
“It’s going to be a bit of a process; we will probably play against teams that sit off us in a block, so we have to find different ways of winning different matches. But everything I’ve seen so far suggests the fans are in for an exciting ride this year.”
The three-games-a-week rhythm of Liverpool's upcoming fixture schedule is a prospect Fabinho is already looking forward to.
Sunday’s trip to Leeds United in the Premier League begins a run of seven important matches in 22 days for the Reds that includes the start of their Champions League and Carabao Cup campaigns.
Fabinho and his teammates got a taste of the challenges coming up this term as they collected seven points from clashes with Norwich City, Burnley and Chelsea in August.
And the No.3 is relishing the chance to perform more frequently in the weeks ahead.
“It will be really intense, it will be tough. But we’re ready for this,” he told Liverpoolfc.com, with Anfield encounters against AC Milan and Crystal Palace to follow the Leeds meeting.
“I didn’t go to the national team so it will be almost two weeks without playing, so I want to play again. I want to play in the Premier League and the Champions League.
“I’m excited for this moment, we will play each three days, so everyone needs to be ready. The manager will need every player. The mentality of the group is really good, everyone is ready for this, everyone is in good shape. So we’re very excited for this moment.”
Fabinho made his first competitive start of 2021-22 in Liverpool’s last game before the international break, a 1-1 home draw with Chelsea.
Having trailed to the visitors in the first half, the Reds levelled just before the interval through Mohamed Salah’s penalty – awarded for a handball by Reece James, who was sent off.
Jürgen Klopp’s team were unable to turn their numerical advantage into a winning goal during the second period, but Fabinho felt there were still positives to take from the performance and the side’s early-season form overall.
“I think it’s a good start,” said the Brazilian. “In the first two games we had two victories and that was important; an away win and then winning the first game at home as well.
“Then the third game we played against Chelsea – one of the strongest teams in the league, the European champions – so it was a hard game but I think we played really well, we played a really good game. We didn’t win the game but there were a lot of positive things about this game.
“It will be hard this season, a lot of teams are really strong. We will often have tough games like that but we are ready for this.”
Elland Road will be at full capacity this weekend as the Premier League campaign resumes with an intriguing contest between two old foes.
Liverpool edged past Marcelo Bielsa’s side by the odd goal in seven on the opening day of last season, before being held to a 1-1 draw in Leeds in April.
Fabinho acknowledged the difficulty of the task awaiting the Reds on Sunday, but insists they will journey to Yorkshire with maximum points very much the target.
“Leeds are a really intense team, a really good team. We played there last year without supporters and without fans in it was really tough. It was a tough game, it was 1-1,” he said.
“We know their qualities and I think with the fans it will be something more for them. But, as I said, almost all the games are hard and tough in the Premier League. We want to go there and win the game.”
Fabinho added: “This atmosphere sometimes helps us as well, even if it’s an away game. When the crowd is really participating in the game, this is good for the spectacle, so we like these types of games.
“It’s not easy to play against a team like Leeds but we have to be ready for everything.”
Watch extended highlights of Liverpool FC Women's first win of the season now.
The Reds got their FA Women’s Championship points tally up and running with a 3-2 result against Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
Missy Bo Kearns set them on their way to victory by scoring directly from a corner, before summer signing Rianna Dean netted with two excellent finishes for Matt Beard’s side.
See the key moments of the contest in the highlights package above. App users should tap here to watch.
Liverpool's UEFA Youth League fixture dates have now been confirmed.
The Reds’ U19s squad will face the same opponents as the senior men’s team have been drawn with in the Champions League – Atletico Madrid, FC Porto and AC Milan – in the same order during the competition’s group stage.
Their campaign therefore begins at home to Milan later this month.
Liverpool’s UEFA Youth League fixture dates (kick-off times UK)
AC Milan (H) – Wednesday September 15 – 1pm
FC Porto (A) – Tuesday September 28 – 2.30pm
Atletico Madrid (A) – Tuesday October 19 – 3pm
Atletico Madrid (H) – Wednesday November 3 – 3pm
FC Porto (H) – Wednesday November 24 – 2pm
AC Milan (A) – Tuesday December 7 – 1.30pm
The U18s’ group-stage matches in the U18 Premier League Cup have also been confirmed, with the young Reds set to face Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Manchester City.
Liverpool’s U18 Premier League Cup fixture dates
Crystal Palace (H) – Saturday September 18 – 11am
Aston Villa (A) – Saturday October 16 – 12pm
Manchester City (H) – Saturday November 27 – 11am