Liverpool convincingly beat Leeds United 3-0 at Elland Road today, despite a serious injury to young Reds midfielder Harvey Elliot.
The game started at a hectic pace in front of a noisy crowd on Elland Road and the first chance would go to the home side. Alisson parried Rodrigo’s shot after the Spanish striker was free in the penalty area 14 meters from goal.
Liverpool’s attackers looked sharp from the start and after 15 minutes Diogo Jota forced Leeds keeper Illan Meslier to a decent reaction freeze after a fine pass from Mohamed Salah.
Jürgen Klopp’s side would take the lead after 20 minutes over the newest member of the famous 100-club in the Premier League, Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian king ended a fine team move from close range after a low cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
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Liverpool really started to dominate after taking the lead and Leeds had to hold on to score just one goal behind at the break.
But after a few minutes in the second half, the Reds would count their dominance, Fabinho bundled the home game after a corner from close range.
Unfortunately, in the 58th minute, a disaster struck the promising young Liverpool midfielder Elliot. The 18-year-old suffered a terrible leg injury following a foul from Leeds defender Pascal Struijk. The injury was so severe that the TV networks refused to show the replays and Struijk was shown the red card by referee Craig Pawson.
Liverpool would take a deserved third place in stoppage time over Sadio Mane, the Senegalese striker firing a powerful low performance having previously missed a handful of opportunities over the course of the game.
Reds boss Klopp was happy with the intensity his team displayed afterwards, but was generally more concerned about Elliot’s well-being.
“Harvey Elliott is in hospital, with a serious ankle injury for sure. It looked like it was dislocated, the medical department put it back. Massive pain, shock for him, for us and more we do not know. We have to wait, ”said Klopp Sky Sports.
“I don’t care (if it was a red card), it’s none of my business. It’s a serious injury, definitely for an 18 year old boy. The red card is not important. We can keep playing for two or three weeks, Harvey can’t.
We are all with you, Harvey ❤️
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“We played a really good game until Harvey had to leave, the whole team was shocked and we lost our rhythm. That’s normal, man. We played the best we could against Leeds. You have to be ready for brutal intensity. The audience was there and an exciting football game with us as the deserved winners.
“I talked to the guys after that, we need to talk a little bit about football, but Harvey overshadows him. I like intense football so I probably liked the game.
“Fabinho is an amazing player with the challenges he won, we did well in many departments. Sadio Mane played an extraordinary game, the audience wanted to annoy him, he stayed calm and scored the goal.
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