Liverpool produced a five-star performance to blow Leeds United away in an enthralling Premier League encounter at Elland Road – but a sickening injury to teenager Harvey Elliott overshadowed the three points earned.
The 18-year-old was on the end of a very strong challenge from Leeds substitute Pascal Struijk which left him writhing on the floor and Mohamed Salah screaming for medical staff to rush onto the pitch before he was stretchered away.
That came early in the second half, after Trent Alexander-Arnold had set Salah up from the right to give Liverpool a 1-0 lead at half-time thanks to the Egyptian’s 100th Premier League strike.
And afterwards came Fabinho’s finish to double the lead, the Brazilian shovelling home after some penalty-area pinball following a corner, and Sadio Mané’s late finish to put the result beyond doubt.
In truth the winning margin should have been much greater, as the Reds spurned a swathe of clear-cut chances as they found a lot of space in the Leeds defence in what was an open and exciting game from start to finish.
Mané was the biggest offender and missed some much easier opportunities before finally hitting the back of the net with a crisp strike into the corner, after being set up by Thiago who ran the show in midfield.
While Liverpool fans can celebrate a convincing victory and strong performance, there will be an anxious wait to find out the severity of Elliott’s injury.