Well well! Super League heavyweights Liverpool are held by newly promoted Leeds, and it’s a well-deserved draw.
Klopp’s side were well on top in the first half and led at the break after Alexander-Arnold teed up Mane for a tap-in, but they failed to put the game to bed while on top and Leeds fought their way back.
Bamford hit the bar and Roberts blasted a golden chance straight at Alisson, but Llorente headed in his first Leeds goal from a corner with three minutes to play.
Just imagine the reaction if the fans had been in!
This means more rage. This means more embarrassment. Liverpool’s owners have driven wedges between themselves and their fans on several occasions before, with plans for £77 tickets and furloughing staff, but this one is the size of a canyon.
They deserve the opprobrium that rains down on them.
Shame on Werner; shame on principle owner John W Henry for not having the decency to speak out. Shame on them for leaving Jurgen Klopp in the spotlight to deal with the mess that is entirely of their making on a night when Liverpool, the team, had a game of such huge significance.
One thing Klopp cannot abide is distractions or disruptions on a match day.
Yet here he was, standing on the touchline at Elland Road after an angry mob of locals had screeched their fury as the Liverpool bus arrived, having to walk a public relations tightrope. His feelings were apparent.
‘I’m 53 years old and since I was a professional player the Champions League was there,’ said Klopp, who has always opposed the idea of a European Super League.
‘As a player it was not possible (for me) but as a manager the aim was always to coach a team there. I obviously have no issues with the Champions League. I like the competitive fact of football as well.
‘I like the fact West Ham might play Champions League next year. I don’t want them to, to be honest, because we want that, but I like that they have the chance. What can I say? It’s really not easy. The most important part of football are the supporters and the team.
‘We have to make sure that really nothing gets in-between that. I heard we have put the banners down at Anfield. I don’t understand this because the players didn’t do anything wrong. We have to stick together.’
Easier said than done. Klopp and players can feel aggrieved if they find the narrative around them so negative but this is what happens when there is guilt by association.
Football makes the city of Liverpool function. When there is a sense of betrayal, as there is now, the hurt – those words again – means more.
Now, on the off-chance that Liverpool actually have to earn their way into continental competition next season, their chances took a hit tonight.
Two dropped points leaves them sixth, two points behind West Ham in fourth.
Chelsea are a point ahead of them in fifth with a game in hand.
Leeds remain 10th but go level on points with another Super League behemoth, Arsenal, who are ninth in the table.