Crysensio Summerville scored an 89th-minute winner to help Leeds United beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield and climb out of the relegation zone.
Rodrigo was gifted the game’s opening goal in just the fourth minute before Mohamed Salah equalised 10 minutes later with a close-range finish.
However, it was Leeds who had the last laugh with Summerville scoring a day before his 21st birthday on just his second Premier League start to help Jesse Marsch’s men snatch all three points at the death.
Leeds have now risen to 15th in the Premier League table, sitting just one point clear of the drop zone with a game in hand, while Jurgen Klopp’s side – who have lost successive league matches following last weekend’s defeat at Nottingham Forest – have slipped down to ninth place, eight points behind the top four.
Indeed, Liverpool got off to the worst possible start when Joe Gomez played a poor back-pass into his own penalty area, unaware that goalkeeper Allison Becker was off his line, with Rodrigo nipping into the six-yard box to tap into an empty net.
Leeds’ lead was short-lived, however, as the hosts responded well with Andrew Robertson – a constant threat down the left flank – setting up Salah at the back post to volley beyond IllanMeslier.
While Liverpool certainly had their fair share of chances, Marsch’s men dusted themselves down and came close to restoring their advantage in the 21st minute when a teasing delivery from right-back RasmusKristensen picked out Brenden Aaronson who directed a first-time effort onto the crossbar.
Liverpool continued to dominate proceedings in the second half, but Leeds remained a threat on the counter-attack and were thankful for an inspired man-of-the-match performance from Meslier, who was equal to every strike that came his way.
Shortly after keeping out a driven shot from Robertson, Leeds’ French goalkeeper produced a huge save in the 67th minute to deny a one-on-one from Darwin Nunez before tipping a long-range effort from the Uruguayan over the bar.
Liverpool continued to push forward in search of a winner in the final 10 minutes, but Meslier produced further heroics to keep out a scuffed shot and a powerful header from Roberto Firmino either side of a drilled strike from inside the left channel by Salah.
Despite Liverpool’s attempts to breach Leeds’ backline, it was two youngsters for the visitors in WilfriedGnonto – coming off the bench to make his Premier League debut – and Summerville who combined to snatch a crucial victory in the dying embers. – SportsMole