Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for both Liverpool and Leeds after a game he described as “a proper spectacle”.
The Premier League champions beat last season’s Championship winners 4-3 in the opening game of the season, with Mohamed Salah scoring a hat-trick.
Liverpool were never behind in the game, but were never more than one goal in front either, as Leeds asked questions of Klopp’s side.
And the Reds boss was thrilled by the show – although he admitted it will take time for his side to get back up to speed.
Klopp told Sky Sports: “What a game, what an opponent, what a performance from both teams. A proper spectacle, I loved that.
“It is pretty rare you see that many goals in a game. We have left space for improvement in our defending but that is not unusual for a first game. Our players have played a few days ago for their countries so it is possible.
“The opponent forced us to make mistakes, we can do better, we will do better. But I loved a lot about the game against a well-organised, passionate side like Leeds.
“We used our skills to cause them problems, we could have scored more and in the end we used set-pieces which is fine by me.
‘Not like riding a bike’
“It is not like riding a bike, you can lose something in pre-season and it takes time to all come together again. I am really positive about this game.
“Leeds will have a good season if they can keep up that intensity and they did it in the Championship with more games so why not?”
Liverpool’s next game will see them face big spenders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next Sunday.