While the clash between Liverpool and Leeds was hugely overshadowed by the European Super League drama last night, the game was actually quite an important one.
The 1-1 draw was not only another major achievement for Leeds but also likely put a massive dent in the Reds hopes of Champions League football as well.
Leeds took a point courtesy of Diego Llorente’s second-half header, a goal that had plenty of importance for the Spaniard.
That’s according to Mundo Deportivo, who say the centre-back ‘finally smiles’ after a ‘complicated campaign’ at Elland Road.
He arrived at Leeds in the summer transfer window in a €20m deal but has been beset by injuries so far, with a groin injury in October and a relapse in December, meaning he’s missed 16 games this season.
He’s now a regular in the side, and his goal against Liverpool was his first for Leeds and a strike which ‘sparked a burst of joy’ in the player after his issues this year.
Indeed, he is now looking ahead, with his sights set on the European Championships with Spain this summer.
It’s stated that he ‘has a good chance’ of being in Luis Enrique’s squad, not least because the Spain coach ‘relied on him’ before his injuries this year.
After that, his focus will be on Leeds, and as 28, with a three-year deal, it ‘seems clear’ that the player’s ‘best years are yet to come’.