|Star boy! Mohammed Salah celebrates after firing Liverpool in front on Wednesday in their 6-0 annihilation of Leeds. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)
Liverpool’s African duo, Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane ran riot against Leeds United on Wednesday night to hand the Kops’ title charge a huge lift after seeing Manchester City’s lead at the summit cut to just three points.
Liverpool hosted Leeds in a rescheduled league game with
only one thing in mind. City had lost at home to Spurs on Sunday, a day after
Liverpool rallied to beat Norwich, the goal was to cut City’s advantage to 3
points and boy didn’t they take their chances emphatically?
Jurgen Klopp restored Trent Alexander Arnold and Andy Robertson
at fullbacks and recalled Fabinho in midfield, Luis Diaz, Sadio Mane and the
magical Egyptian kept their places but it was Leeds United that made the first
Goalkeeper Alison misjudged a pass and his unconvincing
clearance left Liverpool in danger of conceding from a Daniel James onslaught,
but replays showed the follow through from the Brazilian hacked down the
Welshman but VAR didn’t even look at it.
Liverpool got a penalty just moments afterwards. Stuart
Dallas handled in the area from a Robertson cross and you know who obliged from
the spot to hand Liverpool the lead, it all looked ominous for Leeds United
Salah teed up Joel Matip for the second and Luke Ayling
brought down Mane in the area just before halftime, Michael Oliver pointed to
the spot and flashed a yellow at the defender but with replays showing the
extent of contact and intent, Ayling should have been sent off.
Salah scored again from the spot despite Illan Meslier
guessing the right way, Luis Dias could have made it four but he went for glory
when he could have set up Salah for his hatrick, the half ended 3-0 with fears
for more, knowing Leeds for their defensive weaknesses.
The second half took long to pick up in terms of goals,
Marcelo Bielsa rang changes at halftime and that seemed to have worked but all
didn’t click in the end as Mane struck twice before Virgil Van Dijk headed home
the sixth in stoppage time.
Liverpool go into the Carabao Cup final on Sunday against
Chelsea in high spirits after the demolition of Leeds, helping their title
charge as well.
for people outside it is better to have three or six-point gap than to have a
20 or 30-point gap, so it is more exciting," Klopp told the BBC. "But
we have to win a lot of the games against all the difficult opponents and that
will be a tricky task. We will give it a try."