Leeds vs Liverpool
Sunday’s only Premier League clash was played a short time ago.
Such a match would see Leeds United host Liverpool on Elland Road.
Leeds would head into the tie still looking for their first league win of the season having drawn two and lost one previously.
Meanwhile, Liverpool were looking to rise to the top of the Premier League alongside Manchester United and Chelsea by earning a 10-point win from their first four outings.
When all was said and done in North Yorkshire, Liverpool would be the victor.
Liverpool enjoyed the best of the opening exchanges and would go up 1-0 after 20 minutes when Trent Alexander-Arnold slipped on Mohamed Salah:
“He joins the club in the Premier League!”
Mohamed Salah’s 100th Premier League goal puts Liverpool in front against Leeds!
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 12, 2021
Liverpool’s dominance continued into the second half, and they doubled their lead after 50 minutes when Fabinho stabbed home for their effort. Mane then added some sparkle to the scoreboard in second-half injury time. And that’s how the game ended, with Liverpool now at the top of the league with Chelsea and Man United.
Here are five things 101 learned from the game.
Harvey Elliott will be a great miss
Harvey Elliot would return to a starting job for Liverpool on Sunday, lining up alongside Thiago and Fabinho in midfield.
And once again, despite being only 18 years old, Elliott would make an imposing display far beyond his years against the Peacocks, bonding well with players like Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold on the Liverpool right.
Elliott, even though Jurgen Klopp undoubtedly expected a tough test from Leeds, was even able to keep his starting job ahead of Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.
And in doing so, Elliott set a Liverpool record, becoming the youngest midfielder to start three consecutive league games for Liverpool:
– Michael Reid (@ michael_reid11) September 12, 2021
Unfortunately for Elliott, he suffered a terrible injury who seems willing to watch him go out for a long time.
This will leave Liverpool on a much weaker side for the foreseeable future.
Salah is a great Premier League player
As mentioned above, Salah would open the scoring for Liverpool on Sunday.
Said blow was the 100 of the Egyptianth Premier League goal, with 98 of them for the Merseyside powerhouse.
Following Sunday’s opener, Salah should have cemented his legacy as one of the best players in the Premier League.
He may have started to show his best later in his career, but Salah is now fifth.th Fastest player to reach 100 PL goals, with only 30 players in history capable of reaching the milestone.
100 – Mohamed Salah is the 30th player to have scored 100 Premier League goals, with only four players reaching the milestone in fewer appearances than the Egyptian. King. #LEELIV pic.twitter.com/sSGKd7F9V4
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 12, 2021
Leeds lacks quality depth
On the other hand, Sunday’s outing would highlight Leeds’ lack of depth in his team.
The Whites had a rather disappointing summer window, with a late play by Daniel James that helped, but did not completely fix, Leeds’ lack of quality on their team.
And, against Liverpool, it became clear that Leeds’ options are currently very poor.
Robin Koch was ruled out of the match beforehand due to injury, and Diego Llorente was forced out within the first half on Sunday.
This would lead to Bielsa having to bring Pascal Struijk as Liam Cooper’s partner in center. Said partnership has the quality of the lower tier Premier League at best, but even that partnership is now unavailable for Bielsa’s next game after Struijk was sent off and he will miss the next three Leeds PL games. .
The shallow depth of the Leeds squad was further highlighted by looking at their bench, with Dan James and Mateusz Klich the only players close to English top flight level.
The rest of his bench was made up of 18-year-old Charlie Creswell, 20-year-old Liam McCarron, Tyler Roberts, Jamie Shackleton and 19-year-old Crysencio Summerville, none of whom are players who should be around today. the PL on a regular basis.
Central midfielder Fabinho is critical to Liverpool’s success
Liverpool would have a torrid time last season, partly due to major injuries to Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
And while losing the quality of those players was a huge blow, it also had another negative effect, forcing Fabinho to play center-back for quite some time last season.
The Brazilian did a decent job in this role, but his presence in central midfield was a big mistake. This was clearly demonstrated at the end of 2020/21. Liverpool were undefeated in their last 10 PL games of the season winning eight and drawing two. Fabinho started in midfield for those eight wins and was used as center back in draws.
And once again against Leeds, the 27-year-old proved how important he is to this Liverpool team when used as a defensive midfield. He made numerous blocks, stopped counterattacks, broke the play and also got into goals.
A truly top-notch display from one of the best midfielders in the Premier League right now.
Mane keep fighting for the way
Finally, Sadio Mane again put on a rather disappointing display against Leeds.
The Senegalese international was not at his best last season and, although he scored against Burnley last month, he has also been looking rather unsatisfying lately.
His poor form was on full display Sunday, missing an open goal in the first half, a great one-on-one opportunity around 75 minutes, and then another great opportunity in the 80th minute.
Of course, he finally scored his goal after 92 minutes, but it was still pretty obvious that Mane was nowhere near his prime of the day.
While not a huge concern for Liverpool at the moment, Klopp and co. He will be willing to ensure that Mane’s form recovers sooner rather than later.
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|Lukaku, Romelu||Chelsea Football Club||3|
|Calvert-Lewin, Dominic||Everton FC||3|
|Greenwood, Mason||United manchester||3|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||2|
|Benrahma said||West Ham United||2|
|Ings, Danny||Aston Villa||2|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||2|
|Fornals, Pablo||West Ham United||2|
|Torres, Ferran||Manchester city||2|
|Gallagher, Conor||crystal Palace||2|
|Ronaldo, Cristiano||United manchester||2|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||2|
|Wilson, Callum||Newcastle united||2|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton and Hove Albion||2|
|Gray, Demarai||Everton FC||2|
|Jota, Diogo||Liverpool FC||2|
|Edouard, Odsonne||crystal Palace||2|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester city||1|
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|Fernandes, Bruno||United manchester||0||2|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||0||2|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||0||2|
|Cooper, Liam||Leeds United||0||2|
|Duffy, Shane||Brighton and Hove Albion||0||2|
|Norgaard, Christian||Brentford fc||0||2|
|Mings, Tyrone||Aston Villa||0||2|
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|Kane, Harry||Tottenham Hotspur||0||2|
|Stephens, Jack||Southampton FC||0||2|
|Marcal, Fernando||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||2|
|Moro, Lucas||Tottenham Hotspur||0||2|
|Jimenez, Raul||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||2|
|Jump, oliver||Tottenham Hotspur||0||2|
|Pogba, Paul||United manchester||7|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||3|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester city||3|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||2|
|Benrahma said||West Ham United||2|
|Kovacic, Mateo||Chelsea Football Club||2|
|Saint-Maximin, Allan||Newcastle united||2|
|James, Reece||Chelsea Football Club||2|
|Gross, Pascal||Brighton and Hove Albion||2|
|Pereira, Ricardo||Leicester City||2|
|Ings, Danny||Aston Villa||1|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||1|
|Fornals, Pablo||West Ham United||1|
|Torres, Ferran||Manchester city||1|
|Gallagher, Conor||crystal Palace||1|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||1|
|Zaha, Wilfried||crystal Palace||1|
|Mahrez, Riyadh||Manchester city||1|
|Grealish, Jack||Manchester city||1|
|Bamford, Patrick||Leeds United||1|