Liverpool won for the first time in five English Premier League games after thrashing Leeds 6-1 on Monday.
Liverpool hadn’t tasted victory in more than six weeks, since routing Manchester United 7-0.
But after Cody Gakpo’s opener and Mohamed Salah’s quickfire addition for a 2-0 halftime lead, Liverpool tore apart Leeds in the second half. Salah and Diogo Jota finished with a pair each, and Darwin Nunez came off the bench to score late.
Leeds halved the deficit two minutes after the break when Ibrahima Konate was caught in possession by Luis Sinisterra, who lifted his effort over goalkeeper Alisson to make it 2-1.
But the Leeds defense collapsed in familiar fashion, suffering consecutive heavy home defeats eight days after losing to Crystal Palace 5-1. Leeds has conceded 60 league goals, more than any other side,
Liverpool remained eighth in the standings, two points behind Brighton. Leeds’ survival hopes were dealt another big blow by staying 16th, two points above the drop zone.
First-half strikes from Cody Gakpo and Mohamed Salah had Jurgen Klopp’s side in control at the break at Elland Road, but Luis Sinisterra punished Ibrahima Konate’s dreadful error shortly after the restart to give the home side hope.
Jota, though, restored the visitors’ two-goal cushion soon after, and after Salah had rounded off a flowing move with his second of the night, the Portuguese international helped himself to another to ensure his goal drought was well and truly over. Substitute Darwin Nunez wrapped up the scoring late on.
A mistake from Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konate allowed Leeds back into the game after the restart as Luis Sinisterra pickpocketed him before finishing with class past goalkeeper Alisson, only to see his efforts in vain after Liverpool restored their two-goal advantage when Curtis Jones delivered a precise pass for Jota to finish.
If Salah didn’t put the game beyond doubt with his second of the match, Jota certainly did as he was left completely unmarked to hit a first time strike past the goalkeeper that was helped in by the post. Substitute Darwin Nunez added further misery after timing his run behind the defensive line perfectly before finishing on his left foot.
Manager rating (1-10; 10 = best)
Jurgen Klopp, 7 — Liverpool continued their strong finish to their Premier League match last week against Arsenal, and Klopp got his team selection right as his side took charge of the game from the first minute. His system ensured that Leeds were punished when giving away the ball in advanced areas.
Player ratings (players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Alisson, 6 — Alisson wasn’t troubled too much across the game, with a first-half header from Rodrigo and Leeds’ best effort of the first half. Couldn’t do much against Luis Sinisterra who had the advantage after taking the ball off Konate.
DF Andy Robertson, 6 Punished Robin Koch with an excellent touch to beat him before playing it back to Cody Gakpo, who assisted Liverpool’s fourth to put the game beyond reach.
DF Virgil van Dijk, 7 The centre-back was decisive with his decision-making, and quick to track back in moments where Leeds were threatening to play a direct ball in behind. Didn’t need to get out of second gear after a disappointing Leeds performance.
DF Ibrahima Konate, 5 The France international was assured across the game outside of one ridiculous error that provided Leeds with a ticket back into the game when dispossessed by Sinisterra.
DF Trent Alexander-Arnold, 7 Jurgen Klopp’s system allowed Alexander-Arnold to take up a mix of positions as he looked to dictate play from the centre during transitions, but it was when he was in familiar territory on the right flank when he won back possession by blocking Junior Firpo’s clearance before assisting Gakpo for the opening goal.
MF Cody Gakpo, 8 Had little space to work with at times but kept working, and eventually got his reward when supplied by Alexander-Arnold for a tap-in past Illan Meslier. The Netherlands international then turned provider as he played in Salah to score Liverpool’s fourth.
FW Mohamed Salah, 8 Salah showed patience after he was kept quiet for the opening half hour, but space began to open up after Liverpool scored the opener, with Salah dispatching his effort emphatically to double the lead just moments after the deadlock was broken. A cool left-footed finish saw him bend the ball past Meslier to complete his brace.
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