Liverpool continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-0 win over Leeds United at Elland Road. Mohamed Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mané provided the goals as the Reds put on a dominant performance in Yorkshire.
In the end, the 3-0 win against a tough Leeds side was overshadowed by the injury to Harvey Elliott, sustained in a challenge by Pascal Struijk. The teenager was stretchered off and taken to hospital, and the defender received his marching orders.
One man who will be feeling varying emotions is man of the match Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian netted his 100th goal in the Premier League, cementing his name in the illustrious ‘100 club’ and becoming the fifth fastest player to achieve this feat.
However, perhaps the biggest contribution across the 90 minutes was his quick thinking to alert the medical staff of the seriousness of Elliott’s injury.
Following the tackle, it appeared referee Craig Pawson was going to allow play to go on but after the No.11’s frantic gestures to the sidelines, the game was halted and the 18-year-old was given treatment just seven seconds after the challenge.
In terms of his performance, the right-sided attacker caused all sorts of problems for Bielsa’s side, with Junior Firpo in particular discovering the strength and power he possesses. His goal was a simple finish but his movement prior to the opener was exceptional.
After Joël Matip ventured up the pitch, the Cameroonian played the ball into Salah. The two-time Golden Boot winner returned the ball to the centre-back in hopes of a one-two that would see him through on goal.
The No.32 decided not to play in the forward who was visibly frustrated with the decision, but Matip instead chose to slide the ball into the path of Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was haring towards the byline.
Once the ball was played out to the flying full-back, the Egyptian sprung straight back into action, got himself into a position to get on the end of the Englishman’s cross and simply tapped the ball past Illan Meslier in the Leeds net.
The former Roma man’s creativity was also on display despite not registering an assist. The attacker made four key passes with his passing best on show in the 16th minute when he played an excellent and pinpoint chipped pass over the home-sides defence to Diogo Jota.
The Portuguese was unable to convert with his volley going straight down the middle of the goal, making it an easy save for the French ‘keeper who has impressed in the Premier League for Leeds.
Next up is a return to Champions League football for Salah and his Liverpool teammates as they host AC Milan at Anfield on Wednesday evening where the Red’s will hope to start their European campaign with three points.
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