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5 things we learned from Liverpool’s win over Leeds United

5 things we learned from Liverpool’s win over Leeds United

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Sunday’s only Premier League clash of the day played out a short time ago.

Said match would see Leeds United play host to Liverpool at Elland Road.

Leeds would head into the tie still searching for their first league win of the campaign having drawn two and lost one previously.

Liverpool, meanwhile, were looking to go joint-top of the Premier League alongside Manchester United and Chelsea by picking up a win to give them 10 points from their opening four outings.

When all was said and done in North Yorkshire, it would be Liverpool who came away with the win.

Liverpool enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges and would go 1-0 up after 20 minutes when Trent Alexander-Arnold slipped in Mohamed Salah:

Liverpool’s dominance continued into the second half, and they would double their lead after 50 minutes when Fabinho stabbed home his effort. Mane then added some gloss to the scoreline in second-half injury time. And this is how the game finished, with Liverpool now joint-top of the league with Chelsea and Man United.

Here are five things 101 learned from the match.

Harvey Elliott will be a huge miss

Harvey Elliot would once again be handed a starting berth for Liverpool on Sunday, lining out alongside Thiago and Fabinho in midfield.

And once again, despite still only being 18 years of age, Elliott would put on a commanding display well beyond his years against the Peacocks, linking well with the likes of Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold down Liverpool’s right.

Elliott, despite Jurgen Klopp no doubt expecting a tough test from Leeds, was even able to maintain his starting spot ahead of Liverpool skipper, Jordan Henderson.

And, when doing so, Elliott set a Liverpool record, becoming the youngest midfield player ever to start three consecutive league games for Liverpool:

Unfortunately for Elliott, he suffered a horrific injury which looks set to see him out for a long time.

This will leave Liverpool a much weaker side for the foreseeable future.

Salah is a Premier League great

As mentioned above, Salah would open the scoring for Liverpool on Sunday.

Said strike was the Egyptian’s 100th Premier League goal, with 98 of them coming for the Merseyside powerhouse.

On the back of the opener on Sunday, Salah should now have cemented his legacy as one of the Premier League’s best-ever players.

He may have started to show his best later in his career, but Salah is now the 5th fastest player to reach 100 PL goals, with only 30 players in history able to reach the milestone.

Leeds lack quality depth

Elsewhere, Sunday’s outing would highlight Leeds’ lack of depth in their squad.

The Whites had a fairly underwhelming summer window, with a late move for Daniel James helping to, but not completely fixing, Leeds’s lack of quality across their squad.

And, vs Liverpool, it became clear that Leeds’ options are currently very much lacking.

Robin Koch was ruled out the game beforehand through injury, with Diego Llorente then forced off inside the first half on Sunday.

This would lead to Bielsa having to bring on Pascal Struijk to partner Liam Cooper at centre-back. Said partnership is bottom-tier Premier League quality at best but even that partnership is now unavailable to Bielsa next game after Struijk was sent off and will miss Leeds’ next three PL games.

Leeds’ poor squad depth was further highlighted when looking at their bench, with Dan James and Mateusz Klich the only players close to the level of the English top-flight.

The remainder of their 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 which are currently players who should be featuring in the PL on a regular basis.

Central midfielder Fabinho is essential to Liverpool’s success

Liverpool would have a torrid time last season, in part due to big injuries to Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

And whilst missing the quality those players bring was a big blow, it also had another negative knock-on effect as it forced Fabinho to play as a centre-back quite a lot last term.

The Brazilian did a decent job in this role, but his presence in central midfield was a huge miss. This was clearly shown at the end of 2020/21. Liverpool were unbeaten 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 a centre-back in the draws.

And once again vs Leeds, the 27-year-old showcased just how important he is to this Liverpool side when used as a defensive midfield. He made numerous blocks, stopped counter-attacks, broke up the play and would get in on the goals as well.

A truly top-class display from one of the best midfielders in the Premier League right now.

Mane continues to struggle for form

Finally, Sadio Mane once again put on a pretty underwhelming display against Leeds.

The Senegal international was not at his best last campaign, and though he did score against Burnley last month, he has looked pretty subpar of late as well.

His poor form was on full display on Sunday, missing an open goal in the first half, a huge one-on-one chance around 75 minutes in and then another big chance 80 minutes in.

Granted, he did eventually get his goal after 92 minutes, but it was still pretty obvious Mane was nowhere near his best on the day.

Whilst it is not a huge concern for Liverpool right now, Klopp and co. will be keen to ensure Mane’s form picks up sooner rather than later.

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Aminat Aigbe

Aminat Aigbe is the first lady of afronaija and a very good blogger ( Original Mrs AfroNaija )

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