Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane scored twice each as Liverpool beat Leeds United 6-0 on Thursday (March 23) to close the gap between Premier League leaders Manchester City to three points. City’s shock home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend raised hopes of another luxury title if Liverpool win their game at hand against Leeds, and that does not look doubtful at all.
After taking the 15th minute lead through Salah’s penalty, the title trackers were not discouraged, due to Joel Matip’s first league goal of the season and another Salah’s mark in the effectiveness of the game to bed before midfield. Salah was also instrumental in the action that led to Mane leaving home in the 4th minute of the season, before the Senegalese added a second in the 90th minute.
Virgil van Dijk went home in the sixth minute of stoppage time to complete the perfect evening for Klopp’s men and send a real message of purpose to the City. Victory, Liverpool ninth in a row in all competitions, moving them to 60 points from 26 matches, three behind the champions – the closest they have since Christmas.
“I think for outsiders it is better to have three or six points than to have 20 or 30 points, so it is more fun,” Klopp told the BBC. “But we have to win a lot of games against all the tough opponents and it will be a tricky task. We will try it. ”
Leeds advanced to the playoffs, remaining 15th and only three points left in the bottom three. Coming into the game, Leeds have won at least twice in each of their last five Premier League games, also moving four at home to Manchester United on Sunday.
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It didn’t take them long to admit at Anfield under the lights, with Stuart Dallas drinking in the penalty area, and Salah pitting. While Liverpool continued to dominate, Leeds posed a threat over the counter, but their inability to deliver more promising positions was a factor as Salah provided the perfect deal for Matip to add a second.
The soldiers threatened to riot as another great silence from Salah released Mane, Senegalese striker Luke Ayling landed in the penalty area, and Salah made no mistake from the spot – the 19th League venue of the season for high degree of division. football.
Liverpool, who took their Anfield Premier League lead to 50 per season with that second penalty, should have at least one more before the break, with Fabinho and Salah both missing opener. Salah is in the mood for another Premier League hat-trick, but he lost another glorious life on the clock mark, growing from a good position.
The Egyptian had to settle for another surprise transfer to Jordan Henderson, who squandered Mane to make it four, before Mane thought he had completed the assessment after fasting for renewal after being save rifle Divock Origi substitute.
Van Dijk, however, stepped in on the deal, as the Premier League’s top security has once again acknowledged. “There are two different teams in the class,” said Leeds midfielder Adam Forshaw. “It’s difficult to come to a place like this but we lost great players, we lost them this season. Tonight it feels like the end of the world but we are still in a good position, we can not feel sorry for ourselves. ”
Given how close Liverpool and City are, the title could decide on the pitch and this result will make Klopp’s side a better world in that regard.
(with Reuters inputs)