Graeme Souness has claimed that Leeds United keeping more possession than Liverpool at Anfield is something he has never seen before.
The Sky Sports pundit claimed that the Whites outplayed Jurgen Klopp’s men at what they do best usually in the Premier League opener.
Leeds came away with nothing, in the end, losing 4-3 thanks to a Mohamed Salah penalty after a sloppy tackle from Rodrigo.
Souness claimed that Marcelo Bielsa’s tactics meant that Liverpool couldn’t be at their best, as they were outworked by the Whites.
“They weren’t allowed to be at their best,” he said on Sky Sports.
“Leeds hunted them down today for the largest part of that game, and I don’t think Liverpool enjoyed the experience.
“Liverpool normally do that to teams they play, they normally hunt them down, put them under pressure, outwork them but tonight Liverpool were outworked.
“Tonight Leeds had more possession at Anfield than Liverpool did, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before from this Liverpool team.”
Looking at the stats, it was a memorable evening for Leeds, even in defeat.
If it wasn’t for one lapse of concentration in the final minutes, the Whites will have left the Premier League champions with a well-earned point.
Leeds kept 51.2% possession at Anfield and also completed more accurate passes than the Reds who had plenty more shots on goal [WhoScored].
Across the past five seasons, only one other side outside of the so-called top-six have kept more possession than Liverpool at Anfield, and that was Brighton in the 19/20 season.
Across the last five seasons, only two teams outside of the Big Six have had more than 50% possession against Liverpool at Anfield in the PL:
◉ Brighton (2019-20)
◉ Leeds (2020-21)
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