Mohamed Salah nets his 100th Premier League goal. Pascal Struijk is sent off for Leeds United on the hour mark.
Liverpool kept up with the English Premier League’s (EPL) leading pack as Mohamed Salah’s 100th English top-flight goal helped them to victory at Leeds.
Unfortunately, the match was blighted by a dislocated ankle to teenage midfielder Harvey Elliott, who was stretchered off following an innocuous-looking sliding challenge from Pascal Struijk, that eventually saw the Leeds defender shown a red card.
Liverpool were already in total control of the game by then, though. Egyptian forward Salah was perfectly on the spot to tap in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low cross and give Liverpool a 20th-minute lead and the Egyptian his 100th EPL goal!
Fabinho bundled home the 2nd goal following a corner 5 minutes after the halftime break. He was the sharpest man in the box as the ball ricocheted off Leeds defenders.
Sadio Mané had missed a number of chances in the game, most notably an open goal chance which he skied, but he made certain of the points with a great turn onto his right foot, followed by a low finish into the far bottom corner in 2nd half injury time.
Leeds also had some decent chances and Rodrigo struck the best of them straight at Alisson with the score still at 0-0. However, with a man fewer, Leeds could not put together the challenge required in the last 30 minutes. They have now failed to win any of their first 4 top-flight matches in a season for the 1st time since 1958-59.
The Yorkshire club will also now have to deal with an injury crisis in central defence, with Struijk now banned and Diego Llorente hobbling off in the first 45 minutes to join Robin Koch, who is also sidelined by injury.
The result sees Liverpool move up to 3rd in the EPL table, meanwhile Leeds slip to 17th.