Leeds 0 Liverpool 3: Mo Salah joins Premier League’s 100 club but Reds’ day soured by horror Harvey Elliott injury
IT was turning into the proper afternoon for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool.
Fabinho had simply made it 2-0 following Mohamed Salah’s one hundredth Premier League purpose and the Reds had been cruising.
A clear sheet, up into the highest 4, 5 consecutive away wins, 14 unbeaten and a reminder to Chelsea and the 2 Manchester golf equipment that they’re right here to remain.
And whereas all of that stands, this journey to Elland Road will probably be remembered for all of the flawed causes following Harvey Elliott’s sickening injury.
In his breakthrough season, the teenage midfielder, 18, appears to be like at residence within the Reds midfield and had the world at his ft.
Now, with a suspected damaged ankle, a prolonged spell on the sidelines beckons.
Pascal Struijk’s problem on the midway line to cease Elliot breaking away appeared innocuous sufficient.
But as play quickly carried on the close by Salah and Klopp knew it was dangerous and waved and screamed like mad males.
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Elliott, clutching his left leg, writhed in agony and the physios had been on like a flash.
As Struijk slid in to win the ball, his trailing leg caught Elliott excessive up on his left calf, and the Dutch defender was proven pink.
After a prolonged stoppage Elliott was finally stretchered off.
And if there’s any good news it’s that he was secure sufficient to applaud the clapping Leeds followers and put up an image of him inside an ambulance together with his thumbs up on Instagram.
Sadio Mane missed simple likelihood after simple likelihood but lastly received his purpose in injury time.
For Leeds, broad open all sport, the primary time they’ve did not win any of their 4 opening top-flight video games since 1958-59.
Two factors from 4 video games is hardly the time to panic, but it’s exhausting now to not begin pondering of that outdated chestnut ‘second-season syndrome’.
Marcelo Bielsa’s aspect will all the time create probabilities, simply as they did right here, but if something they’re getting worse at defending – if that was doable.
Their new £25million signing Dan James began on the bench, with Brazilian winger Raphinha on the suitable wing having been cleared to play after the club vs nation row.
Klopp additionally had his Samba contingent out there and Alisson and Fabinho had been each in whereas Roberto Firmino missed out by injury.
Before the sport the German stated he was ‘excited’ about stepping right into a packed Elland Road cauldron for the primary time.
But with all 4 corners bouncing like few different stadiums do, Rodrigo actually ought to have had Klopp looking for the closest exit seven minutes in but hit a weak shot straight at Alisson.
If Liverpool had been shaken then it didn’t final lengthy – with Salah citing his century 20 minutes in.
The Egyptian might have been essentially the most hated man inside Elland Road after a trademark tumble early on, but he was additionally the very best.
An beautiful dinked by ball had Diogo Jota in, just for the Portuguese to get a weak shot away.
But Salah made no mistake minutes later to faucet residence Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low ball throughout the six-yard field following Joel Matip’s excellent advance up area.
The thirtieth participant to affix the Prem’s hundred club, he’s the second African after Didier Drogba and the fifth-quickest to attain it behind Alan Shearer, Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and Thierry Henry.
Leeds had been creaking, particularly down their left, with new left-back Junior Firpo given an absolute roasting.
Jota skinned him quickly after the opener and put it on a plate for Mane on the again put up, but the Senegalese star one way or the other ballooned over from three yards out.
The Reds had been chopping by Leeds at will and Klopp would have been furious they weren’t out of sight on the break, with Elliott and Mane once more going shut.
Second finest by a distance, Bielsa’s boys actually ought to have levelled up on the stroke of half-time but right-back Ayling spooned Jack Harrison’s deep cross over on the volley when it was crying out for a header.
The Argentine hooked Rodrigo for Tyler Roberts on the break but Leeds had been 2-0 down after 50 minutes.
Mane first missed one other sitter, unable to get a shot away when one-on-one, just for Struijk to get a foot in to disclaim Salah an open purpose.
Virgil van Dijk nodded the ensuing nook into Fabinho’s path but the midfielder utterly missed his first try earlier than getting a second chunk on the cherry and burying past Illan Meslier from six yards.
And it went from dangerous to worse for the hosts when sub Struijk – on within the first half for the crocked Diego Llorente – was despatched off.
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After Elliott was stretchered off with half-hour remaining, Mane managed to butcher two extra guilt-edged probabilities.
But he lastly discovered his vary on the dying, receiving it from the unselfish Thiago on the left earlier than spinning Liam Cooper and burying.
Celebrations had been muted nevertheless, with Liverpool’s gamers nonetheless reeling from the horror that befell Elliott.
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