As the Reds returned to Premier League action after the international break there were lots of talking points in a 3-0 victory away at Elland Road.
Mohamed Salah opened the scoring as he adeptly finished Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross inside 20 minutes. After an impressive first-half performance which saw the Reds dominate, Fabinho was quickest to react from a corner as he doubled the lead before the 50th minute.
It was not Sadio Mané’s afternoon as he had nine shots without success before stoppage time. However, on the 10th he finally enjoyed a breakthrough when he received Thiago’s pass before turning and firing the ball home in stoppage time to complete a 3-0 resounding victory.
Here are the key takeaways as Liverpool picked up another three points on the road:
Harvey Elliott’s wait for news
The 18-year-old has been one of the shining lights in Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the season, and that was no different against Leeds. Elliott starred in a well-balanced midfield alongside Fabinho and Thiago as the Reds dominated in the midfield department. He continued to impress with his confidence on the ball and his ability to get into attacking positions.
The former Fulham man was involved in a challenge which saw his evening end agonisingly due to serious injury. Jŭrgen Klopp confirmed after the game Elliott had dislocated his ankle after Pascal Struijk’s challenge which resulted in dismissal.
It’s awful timing for a player just starting out on the top level but the teenager has shown an impressive mental strength which hopefully means he will be back stronger once his body has recovered.
Quickly after the incident, he took to Instagram in the ambulance thanking everyone for their kind words before saying: “Road to Recovery, YNWA”.
His mindset shows he won’t let the injury get the better of him and he is fully focused on getting back to featuring in the first team for Liverpool. Elliott is set to undergo surgery on Tuesday and we wish him the speediest of recoveries, but we know he will be back better and stronger.
100 up for Mohamed Salah
A total of 100 goals in 162 Premier League games. It’s an incredible record from one of the greatest forwards that the league has ever seen. Salah’s opener against Leeds secured his place in the Premier League 100 club as the fifth quickest player in history to reach the mark – a statement of true greatness.
Mohamed Salah’s goal was typical – playing a one-two with Joël Matip before receiving a cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold as he manoeuvred his way to the edge of the six-yard box, where he dispatched the ball home in customary fashion.
There is no doubting the 29-year-old is one of the best forwards Liverpool have had in the Premier League era, arguably the greatest. But these claims are often questioned by others when it comes to Salah holding the status as one of the greatest forwards the Premier League has ever seen.
The fact the former Chelsea man’s greatness is even debated is crazy but records like this surely put these arguments to bed – at least among reasonable people.
Salah will have his sights set on more records in coming matches as he now sits just two goals away from 100 league goals for Liverpool, in which he will become the quickest player to do so and one of the quickest players in Premier League history to bring up his century for one club.
Fabulous FabinhoEmbed from Getty Images
Due to proposed punishments from the Brazilian FA regarding players not being available for international selection, there was a worry that Fabinho would not have been able to play against Leeds. Luckily, FIFA backed down and the midfield colossus was able to put in another trademark performance for the Reds.
The Brazilian loped around the pitch in defensive phases blocking everything that came into his path and masterfully prevented Kalvin Phillips having an influence on the game, as Klopp explained was the plan in his post-match press conference. He made a gargantuan five interceptions in the first half alone. Fabinho showed why he is undoubtedly one of the best defensive midfielders that the Premier League has to offer.
After a near-perfect first-half performance from the former Monaco man, he capped off an excellent performance with a rare goal as he was quickest to react to Virgil van Dijk’s cushioned header from a corner, allowing him to force the ball home at the second attempt.
No man on the pitch deserved a goal more than the 27-year-old. Liverpool are at their best when Fabinho is at the top of his game, and that was definitely the case at Elland Road on Sunday.
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