Liverpool kicked off their title defence with a win – but they were made to work very hard for the 4-3 victory over Leeds United.

The Reds entered the season as champions having won the Premier League last season, and made a perfect start as Mohamed Salah scored from the spot.

Leeds didn’t lie down though, firing back through a stunning Jack Harrison goal, and even when Virgil van Dijk put Liverpool back ahead, Patrick Bamford nipped in to equalise again.

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Salah blasted Liverpool in front again, but Leeds just kept coming back, this time with Mateusz Klich volleying home a great finish.

Another Salah penalty did end up sealing the win for Liverpool, but Jurgen Klopp’s men certainly knew they were in a game.

Liverpool will ultimately have to improve if they’re to beat Chelsea next weekend, and fans have one idea to solidify defensively.

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Joe Gomez had some shaky moments alongside Van Dijk on Saturday, and fans believe it’s now time for Joel Matip to earn a recall.

Matip did come on as a substitute on Saturday, but fans now hope to see him start alongside Van Dijk just to bring some calmness to the back four.

Fans believe the 29-year-old would help settle the Liverpool defence, and feel that he now deserves another chance to shine with Gomez not at his best.

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