Liverpool ran out convincing 3-0 winners over a below par Leeds United today at Elland Road.
The game started at a frenetic pace in front of a raucous Elland Road crowd and the first chance would fall to the home side. Alisson parrying away Rodrigo’s strike after the Spanish attacker found himself free in the box 14 yards from goal.
Liverpool‘s attackers looked sharp from the off and after 15 minutes Diogo Jota forced Leeds keeper Illan Meslier into a decent reaction stop following a fine chipped ball through by Mohamed Salah.
Jurgen Klopp’s side would take the lead on 20 minutes via the newest member of the Premier League’s illustrious 100 club, Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian King finishing off a fine team move from close range after a low cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Liverpool really began to dominate after going ahead and Leeds had to hang on just to make it in at the break just a single goal in arrears.
However, just a few minutes into the second-half the Reds would make their dominance count, Fabinho bundling home from close range following a corner.
Sadly on 58 minutes disaster would strike for promising young Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliot, the 18-year-old suffering a horrific leg injury after a challenge from Leeds defender Pascal Struijk. So serious was the injury that the TV broadcasters refused to show the replays and Struijk was shown a red card by referee Craig Pawson.
Liverpool would score a deserved third in injury time via Sadio Mane, the Senegalese attacker firing home a powerful low effort having previously missed a handful of chances throughout the game.
While Liverpool fans will undoubtedly be pleased by the win and the manner of their sides performance, the majority of peoples thoughts will be focussed on wishing Elliot all the best as he sets out on a long road to recovery.