Salah shines as Liverpool keeps European hopes alive with a big win over Leeds

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Goals: Leeds – Liverpool – Played on 04/17/ 2023

Liverpool defeated Leeds United 6-1 on Monday evening in the 31st round of the English Premier League, maintaining their hopes of qualifying for European competitions next season. The match saw Liverpool dominate, with goals scored by Cody Jacobo (35), Mohamed Salah (39 and 64), Diogo Jota (52 and 73), and Darwin Nunez (90), while Luis Sinistera scored Leeds’ only goal (47).

Team Lineups

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp relied on the 4-3-3 method of play, with Ibrahima Konati and Virgil Van Dyck deep in the back line, Trent Alexander Arnold and Andy Robertson as full-backs, and Fabinho as the pivot player. Jordan Henderson and Curtis Jones moved in front of Fabinho, while Mohamed Salah, Cody Jacobo, and Diogo Jota formed the attacking trio.

On the opposite side, Leeds United coach Javi Gracia resorted to the 4-2-3-1 method of play, with Rasmus Christensen, Robin Koch, Pascal Strowick, and Junior Firpo in the back line. Weston McKinney and Mark Roca cooperated in the middle of the field, and the trio consisted of Jack Harrison, Brendon Aaronson, and Luis Sinistera, behind Spanish striker Rodrigo Moreno.

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First Half

Liverpool began the match with a dangerous opportunity in the seventh minute when Jack Harrison executed a free kick that Rodrigo headed toward Liverpool’s goalkeeper, Alisson Becker. Leeds continued their danger in the ninth minute when Mark Roca took advantage of a wrong ball from Diogo Jota, passing to Rodrigo who fired a shot that passed by the right post.

Liverpool’s performance improved as the first half went on. They opened the scoring in the 35th minute when Alexander Arnold received a pass from Salah on the right side, putting the ball on a golden plate in front of Jacbo, who followed it into the net from a short distance. Salah then added the second goal for Liverpool in the 39th minute when he received a pass from Jota on the left side, advancing the ball and hitting his left in the near top corner of the goal.

Second Half

Leeds revived their hopes two minutes after the start of the second half when Luis Sinistera took advantage of Konati’s confusion to snatch the ball and confront the goalkeeper before putting it into the net. Liverpool missed a dangerous opportunity in the 51st minute when Jota picked up a ball from Henderson but shot wide of the goal.

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However, Jota atoned for his mistake in the 52nd minute, adding the third goal for Liverpool after receiving an elaborate pass from Jones and facing goalkeeper Mesler, elegantly putting the ball over him. Leeds almost reduced the deficit again in the 58th minute when Aaronson picked up the ball on the outskirts of the Liverpool penalty area, hitting the crossbar.

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Liverpool’s Domination Continues

Although a goal scored by Salah in the 60th minute was canceled by the referee, he went on to score his second personal goal in the 64th minute after receiving a pass from Jakbo and shooting into the deceptive corner of the goalkeeper. Jakopo made a remarkable effort before passing to Jota, who fired a shot over the goal in the 72nd minute, but a minute later, Jota added a second personal goal after meeting a cross pass from Henderson with one touch on the outskirts of the penalty area, the low ball settling into the net.

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The last minutes of the game witnessed the return of Luis Diaz from

The last minutes of the game witnessed the entry of the returner from injury after a long absence, Luis Diaz, along with Darwin Nunez and Roberto Firmino. In the 90th minute, Nunez scored the sixth and final goal of the match after he controlled Arnold’s pass with his chest, confronted the goalkeeper, and shot the ball into the net.

Overall, the game was an impressive display of attacking football from Liverpool, who dominated the game from start to finish. With this victory, Liverpool maintained their hopes of qualifying for European competitions next season, as they climbed to eighth place in the Premier League table with 47 points, just one point behind seventh-placed Brighton who has a game in hand. On the other hand, Leeds United remained in sixteenth place with 29 points.

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