Liverpool suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat by Leeds United after Dutch winger Crysencio Summerville tipped the visitors out of the relegation zone in the 89th minute of Saturday’s Premier League clash at Anfield.
The Reds’ first home defeat in the top flight in 30 games follows last week’s defeat at bottom Nottingham Forest and deepens the crisis at the struggling Merseyside club, who are ninth in the table with 16 points after 12 games.
The win moves Leeds to 15th place on 12 points.
Liverpool made another disastrous start after four minutes when Joe Gomez played a blind back pass to Alisson, who had moved out of his goal and slipped, leaving Rodrigo a gaping space to run into and tap the ball into the empty net.
Mohamed Salah equalized for Liverpool 10 minutes later when Andy Robertson crossed the Egypt international to volley into the net from close range, igniting Liverpool fans as their side began the hunt for a winner.
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However, Leeds continued to threaten at the break and Brenden Aaronson almost put them back ahead a few minutes later when he volleyed in Rasmus Kristensen’s cross from the right and shot over the bar.
Leeds France goalkeeper Illan Meslier almost single-handedly kept his side in the game in the second half, repelling an excellent save from Darwin Nunez in a one-on-one after 67 minutes and then scraping away a shot by the same player after 11 minutes later.
Meslier’s saves set Summerville up to steal the three points with a last-second Poacher finish.
On the eve of his 21st birthday, the striker caught a ball from Patrick Bamford in the box, fired quickly and shot over Alisson into the net.
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It was Leeds’ first away win of the season and a first league defeat for Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk at Anfield since he signed for Liverpool in January 2018.
“This is a big moment for me and my family,” Summerville told Sky Sports. “Scoring a goal at Anfield is a big moment for me. It happened so quickly…when you’re in the box you have to think fast. It just happened.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has no doubts about what he expects from his underperforming side. “We have to fight and we have to do that,” he said.
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