Liverpool overcame their away day blues with a resounding 6-1 victory over lowly Leeds United on Monday, a record home Premier League defeat for the Yorkshire club at Elland Road. Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah each scored twice, while Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez also scored as Liverpool claimed their second away win in 2023.
Liverpool won their fourth away game of the season after leading 2-0 at halftime. They struggled to create chances in the first half-hour, but once Gakpo put them ahead, they began to rip Leeds apart at will. Leeds had chances in the first half, but they were far too vulnerable defensively, as they had been in their previous match, a 5-1 home loss to Crystal Palace.
Jota and Salah Double Up in Liverpool Rout of Leeds
Salah now has nine goals in six league appearances against Leeds, a joint Liverpool record with Gordon Hodgson, and has moved to 26 for the season in all competitions after two brilliant finishes, the first set up by Jota.
Leeds may have hoped that Luis Sinisterra’s goal early in the second half would be a turning point, but they were unable to control the visitors. Jota restored Liverpool’s two-goal lead after latching onto a fantastic cross from Curtis Jones and sweeping the ball past goalkeeper Illan Meslier, adding a second with a scuffed drive from the edge of the box. Salah and Nunez added to the anguish on a rapidly deserted Elland Road.
Liverpool Regain Winning Form with Emphatic Victory Over Leeds
Manager Jurgen Klopp stated that all they can do is win their remaining eight games and hope the teams above them slip. “They can win all of their games, and we can win all of our games, and there is no chance to change anything,” Klopp pointed out. “We need to play some really good football.” If we do, we shall see where we wind up on the table.”
It was Liverpool’s first win in six games in all competitions, and there was a confidence in the performance that had been missing away from Anfield this season. After 31 games, Javi Gracia’s side is still two points above the relegation zone.
Liverpool’s impressive 6-1 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road moves them to 47 points from 30 games, nine points behind Newcastle United for fourth Champions League spot. Leeds United suffered a record-breaking home Premier League defeat, allowing 11 goals in their last two games. Liverpool will try to carry this momentum into their remaining games and finish in the top four.