Liverpool Steamrolled Leeds throughout the first half , and improved to just three points behind Man City at the top of the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp made five changes to his team which beat Norwich on Saturday including Curtis Jones among those making the cut. The player was not included in the three matchday squads previously.
The Reds – – and Luis Diaz in particular – got off to a great start.
The scoring started within the 15th minutes, when Salah scored penalty, putting it in the bottom corner after a handball from Dallas after Robertson’s cross. The 26th goal in the league for Mo.
It was 2-0 in the half hour mark, at which point Joel Matip scored a stunning goal. The centre-back made one of his famous moves across the midfield, completed an uni-two with Salah and scored flawlessly to score the first time since the end of December 2020.
It was 3-0 just five minutes later, and it was 3-0 with another penalty coming from Salah and this time following Mane was dragged down in the box. Mo took the initiative and smashed it on the same side of the goal, but into the top corner, this time.
Liverpool were in full force and Salah nearly completed his hat-trick shortly before the break, putting a shot over the’keeper who was coming towards him, But his strike was blocked from the goal.
- Reds have equal records of 17 scorers over the course of an entire season
- Salah scores 26th and 27th goals for the season – – and also it’s his 10th assists
- Reds three points ahead of City and now have a greater goal differential
Salah came close to completing his hat-trick after Salah dribbled into the box and then curled his shot to the corner of the field, and then he side-footed his way over following a two-goal exchange with Jones.
The pace was slower than in the first half however, Liverpool had numerous opportunities.
One of those chances was scored after 10 minutes after a wonderful team move was completed with Henderson playing the ball in the opposite direction to Mane to score his 10th goal for the league for the year.
Mane added another goal in the final minutes, also close to the goal after excellent work from Origi in the left wing Then van Dijk scored from Robertson’s cross in stoppage time.
The victory moves Liverpool to just three points behind Man City at the top of the table and both have played the same number of games.
Then next, the Reds head to London to take on Chelsea at Wembley in the League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.