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Jack Harrison is the epitome of Leeds' superb spirit 

It’s safe to say, then, that a few academy managers would have felt a shudder of apprehension, ten minutes or so into Leeds’ arrival on this stage, when Harrison cushioned a 30-yard diagonal from Kalvin Phillips with his left foot, eased it past Trent Alexander-Arnold with his right without it touching the ground, and had sent the ball past Alisson before anyone in red could get remotely close.

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Aina’s signing follows the capture of midfielder Harrison Reed, goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, right back Kenny Tete and midfielder Mario Lemina and left back Antonee Robinson while winger Anthony Knockaert’s loan move was made permanent.

Steve Evans would not even give him a place on the bench. Bielsa simply couldn’t fathom why the player was playing in the forward line and not shielding defence. The quality and speed of his distribution on Saturday night suggests he will be another fine addition to this division.

But Bielsa’s resolve to stick to his principles – ‘It’s not a question of vanity. It’s a question of conviction and style of play. It’s the only way I know – mean that Leeds will deliver something vibrant and new to a Premier League which can be moribund at times.

There were weaknesses of course. The way the Leeds artillery advanced, flooding the Liverpool penalty area with players, left Phillips terribly stranded and overrun at times. For periods, there was not really a Leeds midfield to speak of. 

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Yet despite his good form, Reguilon is not in Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane’s first-team plans and though United are keen on a £27m move, Solskjaer and the United board do not want to include a buy-back clause.  

Very early days, of course. Time will tell if the testimonies to Harrison’s abilities provided by David Villa and Andrea Pirlo, no less, when they encountered him in New York should have told City and Pep Guardiola to give the 23-year-old a run. But he had done enough by the end to remind us of Marcelo Bielsa’s love of a lost cause.

Manchester United target Sergio Reguilon is favouring a return to Sevilla over a move to the Red Devils this summer, creditos rapidos de 300 euros according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have hit a roadblock in their pursuit of left back Reguilon with Real Madrid reportedly insistent on a £27million buy-back clause. 

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But he provided all the thinking behind the goal which put Leeds back at 3-3: the ball wide to Helder Costa, the gesture to precisely where he wanted it back and the crashing half volley beyond Alisson.

They will concede more than most – though Robin Koch will surely improve as he adapts to a pace of football which looked too much for him at times. But sides know that they face some task commanding enough of the ball to exploit the frailties.

‘We are looking to beat the rival in our style,’ he said in the post-match press conference room. ‘Confidence means that you should not be afraid.’ And with his only word of English of the night – ‘thankyou’ – he was gone. This was a serious statement of intent.

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Aubameyang, who has often been deployed on the left flank by Mikel Arteta, played a crucial part in Arsenal’s FA Cup success last season, scoring a brace in the semi-final victory against Manchester City prior to repeating the feat in the final against Chelsea.

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