Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa on 'beautiful' game against Liverpool and Diego Llorente's big moment

Leeds United's 1-1 draw with Premier League champions Liverpool was a 'beautiful game' for boss Marcelo Bielsa.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 11:07 pm
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 11:08 pm
WELL STRUCK - Jack Harrison's corner was met by Diego Llorente for Leeds United's leveller against Liverpool at Elland Road. Pic: Simon Hulme

The Whites head coach was pleased that his side managed to get on top of the game and equalise late on against the Reds, who had taken a first half lead through Sadio Mane.

"I think the game was beautiful," said Bielsa.

"In the first half it was more even and in the second half we managed to dominate proceedings. We created goalscoring opportunities and played in the opponents' half. We recovered many balls that permitted us or allowed us to attack. But it's also true that while we were managing proceedings they maintained their threat.

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"Perhaps in the second half when we were losing we had more continuity when we were searching for the equaliser. In the same we had chances, they had chances also.

"As the difference was only one goal we had hopes we would convert one. We kept on being dangerous even though the opponent was defending close to their goal."

Leeds' big moment came late on when Jack Harrison's corner was met by centre-half Diego Llorente, the Spaniard capping a fine performance with a goal.

"Llorente played a very good game and the fact that he scored a goal adds shine to his performance," said Bielsa.

"The ball was very well struck by Harrison and when he arrives on the run with such power the players who arrive like this have the advantage."

Bielsa was without summer signings Rodrigo and Raphinha and said the latter is being evaluated day to day by the club as he recovers from a knock sustained at Manchester City.