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Liverpool overcame their away-day troubles in impressive style to run out 6-1 winners over ailing Leeds at Elland Road, leaving the Yorkshire side in the thick of one of the most open relegation scraps in recent seasons with only seven league games remaining.

Jurgen Klopp’s side, hoping to spark a late push for an unlikely top-four finish, had failed to score against a bottom-six team in their last six attempts, but there was no danger of history repeating itself after racing into a two-goal lead before the game’s halfway point.

Doubles from Mo Salah and Diogo Jota helped them move within three points of sixth-placed Aston Villa, while Leeds remain just two points above the relegation places having shipped 11 goals in their past two home outings.

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Cody Gakpo taps Liverpool ahead as Leeds appeal for handball against Trent Alexander-Arnold in the build-up.

“I think it’s the best game we played this season,” manager Klopp told Sky Sports postgame. “We forced a lot of errors, scored sensational goals, counter-pressing-wise it was the best for, I want to say, decades.”

There was an element of controversy about Liverpool’s opener, with creator Trent Alexander-Arnold appearing to use an arm to control the ball in the preamble, but VAR declined to intervene as the full-back laid the ball on a plate for Cody Gakpo to tap home at the back post (35).

Operating in a hybrid midfield role, Alexander-Arnold enjoyed 153 touches of the ball across the 90 minutes – the second-most of any player all season. “Trent is providing quality. Watching him in this role, he’s doing it perfectly. There is only Kevin de Bruyne who is better,” Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher eulogized at full-time.

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Mo Salah finishes off a swift Liverpool counter-attack to double their lead against Leeds at Elland Road.

Salah, scoring his eighth goal in six appearances against Leeds, then collected Jota’s incisive pass, using clever movement to escape the clutches of Pascal Struijk, before rifling emphatically beyond a helpless Illan Meslier (39).

Luis Sinisterra netted what turned out to be merely a consolation shortly after the interval (47), paving the way for a second-half Liverpool onslaught, spearheaded by the brilliance of Salah.

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Luis Sinisterra capitalizes on a dreadful mistake by Ibrahima Konate to reduce Liverpool’s lead over Leeds to 2-1.

The Egyptian scored a majestic fourth (64) shortly after Jota netted his first goal in over a year (52), with the Portuguese forward adding an impressive second to his personal tally in the 73rd minute.

“It was a special second half, we played really well,” Jota commented after breaking his 12 month goal drought. “We scored some great goals. It has been a hard season for me and the team so it is a relief for me to score.”

The visitors wrapped up a stylish performance with a concluding goal in the final minute of normal time when Alexander-Arnold slipped into substitute Darwin Nunez, who finished neatly for his ninth Premier League strike of the campaign.

The victory was Liverpool’s first in all competitions since they thumped Manchester United 7-0 in early March, but will serve as another damaging blow to Leeds’ survival hopes after also conceding five on home turf against Crystal Palace eight days ago.

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Diogo Jota scores his first goal in a year to restore Liverpool’s two-goal advantage against Leeds.

team news

  • Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp named an unchanged starting XI from the team which fought back from two goals down against Arsenal, while Luis Diaz was restored to the bench after a lengthy injury spell.
  • Leeds: Javi Gracia’s fragile side, who were looking to bounce back from a 5-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, made two changes as Rasmus Kristensen and Rodrigo came in for Luke Ayling and the injured Patrick Bamford.

How Liverpool banished away-day blues

Mo Salah scores his second against Leeds
Mo Salah netted his 106th and 107th left-footed goals in the PL, more than any other player

Only a second away win of 2023, but take nothing away from the efficiency of Liverpool’s forward play as they swept a disconsolate Leeds side away with a masterful show of ruthless finishing.

Lowly Leeds had half-chances in the opening exchanges but ultimately repeated the same mistakes that led to a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Palace last time out, undone by individual mistakes and shoddy defending.

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Mo Salah scores his second goal of the game to make it 4-1 to Liverpool against Leeds.

Once Gakpo put Liverpool in front they began to cut Leeds open at will, with Jota robbing Weston McKennie on the halfway line, which led to a counter-attack that saw Salah score the visitors’ second.

A blunder from Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate allowed Sinisterra to momentarily reduce arrears but celebrations were short-lived as Jota restored the Reds’ two-goal advantage five minutes later, latching onto a superb pass from Curtis Jones to sweep past Meslier.

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Diogo Jota scores his second goal of the game as Liverpool go 5-1 up away at Leeds.

As Elland Road emptied, Salah put the result beyond doubt when Andy Robertson’s raid down the left found Gakpo well placed, and he helped the ball onto Salah, who curled his 15th league strike of the season into the far corner.

Not to be outdone, Jota’s scuffed finish from Jordan Henderson’s cross then rubber-stamped his return to form, having not scored in 32 appearances before tonight, while Nunez completed the rout by converting another instinctive Alexander-Arnold pass.

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Darwin Nunez comes off the bench to score Liverpool’s sixth goal against Leeds.

“The second half against Arsenal (when Liverpool came from behind to draw 2-2 with the leaders) was super important for all of us,” Klopp added. “There are still eight games to come and we have to do what we did tonight again and again.

“I hope these one-and-a-half games give us a right sign for the end of the season.”

player ratings

Leeds: Meslier (4), Kristensen (3), Koch (4), Struijk (4), Firpo (2), McKennie (3), Roca (4), Harrison (5), Aaronson (4), Sinisterra (6), Rodrigo (4).

subs: Summerville (4), Rutter (3), Forshaw (n/a), Gnonto (n/a).

Liverpool: Alisson (7), Robertson (7), Van Dijk (7), Konate (5), Alexander-Arnold (8), Henderson (7), Fabinho (6), Jones (7), Jota (8), Gakpo ( 7), salah (9).

subs: Diaz (6), Nunez (7), Milner (6), Firmino (n/a), Thiago (n/a).

Player of the game: Mo Salah

Klopp marvels over ‘best’ Liverpool display | ‘It clicked’

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side played their best football of the season in their 6-1 thrashing of Leeds.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp:

“Best game we played this season, from many different aspects. Controlling the game, we caused a lot of mistakes from Leeds. Sensational goals. We counter-pressed the best we have for long ago.

“In the 92nd minute, we lose the ball and four players chase the ball. It was outstanding and exactly what we wanted.

“I can’t explain why our counter-pressing hasn’t been there as we’ve been asking for it but tonight it clicked. It actually clicked in the second half against Arsenal. The direction we had in that game was because we won balls back.

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Jurgen Klopp produced a hilarious reaction as Liverpool pressed relentlessly in the 92nd minute, despite their 6-1 lead over Leeds United.

“Where will we end up, I don’t know. But it will go on after the season. That’s why we need all the results and performances to build on and understand, so we can build something new, something slightly different.

“I would like to see us with the same desire, passion and understanding that we showed tonight. It’s our job to find that consistency.”

Grace calls for togetherness

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Leeds boss Javi Gracia was extremely disappointed with his side’s mistakes in their thrashing by Liverpool.

Leeds manager Javi Gracia:

“Very disappointed because we didn’t expect this result. It’s something we have to work on. Conceding these mistakes, it’s not easy to get good results. We need to improve as quickly as possible.

“Maybe the first goal is coming through handball, but after that we conceded many chances. We didn’t let ourselves compete again [after scoring].

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Jamie Carragher and Ben Mee analyze Liverpool’s goal should have been ruled out opening with Trent Alexander-Arnold appearing to handle the ball in the build up.

“We felt like we could improve the game, but as I told you, after scoring we conceded another goal. It was impossible for us. We knew before these games, it’s not easy to manage in these moments. We try to work and improve.

“It’s hard. But I know there is only one way to achieve our objective – to stay together in good and bad moments.”

Opta: Grim reading for Leeds | Jota breaks drought

Diogo Jota celebrates scoring vs Liverpool
Diogo Jota was on target for the first time in 32 appearances

  • Leeds have conceded five plus goals in back-to-back league games for the first time in the club’s history.
  • Javi Gracia’s side have conceded 16 goals in their four games in April, eight more than any other side, and one more than they shipped in January, February and March combined.
  • Diogo Jota scored his first goals in over a year in all competitions for Liverpool, since netting against Manchester City in the Premier League on April 10th 2022, ending a drought of 32 games.

What’s next?

leeds facing a trip to Fulham on Saturday April 22: kick off 12.30pm. meanwhile, liverpool host Nottingham Forest, so on Saturday April 22; kick off 3pm.

Leeds United’s remaining fixtures

Apr 22: Fulham (A) – Premier League, kick off 12.30pm

Apr 25: Leicester City (H) – Premier League, kick off 8pm

Apr 30: Bournemouth (A) – Premier League, kick off 2pm

May 7: Manchester City (A) – Premier League, kick off 2pm, live on Sky Sports

May 13: newcastle (H) – Premier League, 3pm kick off

May 20: west ham (A) – Premier League, 3pm kick off

May 28: Tottenham (H) – Premier League, kick off 4.30pm

Liverpool’s remaining fixtures…

Apr 22: Nottingham Forest (H) – Premier League, 3pm kick off

Apr 26: west ham (A) – Premier League, kick off 7.45pm

Apr 30: Tottenham (H) – Premier League, kick off 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports

May 3: Fulham (A) – Premier League, kick off 8pm

May 6: Brentford (H) – Premier League, kick off 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports

May 13: leicester (A) – Premier League, 3pm kick off

May 20: AstonVilla (H) – Premier League, 3pm kick off

May 28: southampton (A) – Premier League, kick off 4.30pm