Mohamed Salah’s 100th Premier League operate helped Liverpool cruise to a 3-0 victory at 10-man Leeds United on Sunday in a match that was marred by teenager Harvey Elliott suffering a dislocated ankle.
After a lightning-fast begin to the sport, Salah turned into the 30th participant to join the Premier League’s 100-operate club in the 20th minute, tapping dwelling from shut range from a Trent Alexander-Arnold base.
The associates neglected a kind of prospects to gain it 2-0 in the first half, earlier than Fabinho made one depend early in the 2d length to construct Juergen Klopp’s aspect heading in the true route for three points in West Yorkshire.
There was a worrying peep later in the half as Elliott wanted prolonged treatment on the pitch following a kind out from Leeds’ Pascal Struijk, with the hosts’ replace confirmed a straight red card for the situation by the referee.
Elliott was taken off on a stretcher, receiving applause from Leeds followers as he was taken down the touchline.
“It’s his ankle. I heard it was dislocated and in addition they couldn’t attach it encourage and he is now in successfully being facility,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp stated.
The 18-year-mature posted on his Instagram earlier than the match finished: “Thank you for the messages guys! Aspect toll road to recovery. YNWA (You’re going to By no draw Glide Alone).”
Liverpool regained their composure so as to add a stoppage-time third through Sadio Mane to construct the seal on a victory that moved them above Manchester City into third in the standings, while Leeds sit 17th with out a win from four league matches this season.
“We were no longer in payment rather recurrently in the sport,” Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa told Sky Sports activities. “They were superior to us in all aspects.”
‘SERIOUS FOUL PLAY’
Liverpool’s away construct has been impressive – they’d acquired seven and drawn once in their last eight league games on the toll road earlier than the stride to Elland Aspect toll road, and confirmed no fear in going toe-to-toe with Leeds’ high-octane trend in a raucous atmosphere on Sunday.
The operate that broke the impasse came by draw of a well-identified supply, as Salah was alert to Alexander-Arnold’s pullback to change into the fifth fastest participant in Premier League history to place a century of targets, reaching the milestone from 162 appearances for Liverpool and Chelsea combined.
Liverpool were in the ascendancy after their opener, and will have to maintain hasty made it two, nonetheless Mane might per chance maybe well easiest balloon his effort over the head from shut range.
The operate that attach the sport to mattress for Liverpool came after yet any other Alexander-Arnold base, this time from a corner, with Brazilian Fabinho firing dwelling the loose ball.
Elliott, who has impressed this season since being promoted to the first-team fold by Klopp, was then left in excessive pain having been caught by Struijk’s trailing leg.
Struijk was sent off by referee Craig Pawson and the resolution was confirmed by the VAR earlier than the red card was confirmed.
When contacted by Reuters for the reason behind the dismissal, the Premier League stated it was for “excessive rotten play – intensity and endangering the safety of an opponent.”
Mane’s frustrating afternoon in entrance of operate continued as likelihood after likelihood came and went, earlier than he finally attach one away in stoppage-time to construct the icing on the cake and gain it 10 points from 12 to date this season for Liverpool, as Klopp’s aspect stretched their unbeaten Premier League hasten to 14.