Leeds United secured a late 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Monday evening at Elland Road and even had numerous chances to beat the reigning Premier League champions – and Leeds fans have raved about substitute Ian Poveda.
The Whites came into the match full of confidence having beaten Manchester City in their previous outing – despite going down to 10 men. But the pre-match drama was nothing to do with Leeds, and instead to do with the Reds.
It was Sadio Mane that opened the scoring in the first half and Liverpool probably edged the first 45, but Leeds were so much better in the second half. Patrick Bamford missed a one on one in the first half, and then hit the bar.
Jack Harrison, Helder Costa and plenty of others had chances but it was a very unlike Leeds goal to win – Diego Llorente heading home his first goal for Leeds from a corner. Poveda came on just after the hour mark, for Costa.
It was the 21-year-old’s 11th appearance in the Premier League for Leeds, but the ex-Manchester City man looked lively and dangerous with the ball at his feet – causing both Liverpool full-backs to back peddle when in possession.
He had not featured in the Premier League since January, but Leeds fans applauded Poveda for his cameo role on Twitter.
Ian Poveda has made a difference for Leeds since coming on, his movement has been key but his pace has caused Liverpool problems driving at the defence, he's made Leeds much more of danger in the attack tonight the 21 year old, has looked very sharp and brought energy #LEELIV
— Josh Bunting (@Buntingfootball) April 19, 2021
Have I mentioned lately that I like Poveda
— Georgina Jane Petty (@orangina17) April 19, 2021
Can we start Poveda, please? #lufc
— Rev. A Mol (@RevAMol) April 19, 2021
what a cameo from poveda
— bailee (@daleybailee) April 19, 2021
Bet poveda is right good at 5 aside or 3 on 3s in training
— smithy (@smithdog180986) April 19, 2021
Poveda offers way more than Costa,
— Sam Gale (@gale_sam) April 19, 2021