Salah and Jota Shine As Liverpool End Premier League Drought
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota both scored twice as the Reds claimed a much-needed win against Leeds United in the Premier League. After five games without a win, Jurgen Klopp’s men returned to form with a dominant display against a Leeds side that have struggled for consistency this season.
Clinical Liverpool dismantles Leeds
Liverpool took control of the match after a slow start, with Trent Alexander-Arnold playing a key role in the first goal. Despite appearing to control the ball with his arm, neither the referee nor the VAR deemed it worthy of a penalty. Alexander-Arnold then drove forward, exchanged passes with Salah, and set up Cody Gakpo for the opener.
Salah then doubled the lead soon after, after being set up by Jota, firing a sweet shot past the Leeds goalkeeper. The home side was given hope after the break when Luis Sinisterra dispossessed Ibrahima Konate and cleverly chipped the ball beyond Alisson. However, Liverpool quickly responded through Jota’s neat finish, and Salah slotted home his second after a superb team move. Jota then grabbed his second when he steered in a Jordan Henderson cross.
Liverpool completed the rout with a goal from substitute Darwin Nunez. The defeat leaves Leeds United mired in a relegation battle, having conceded 10 goals in their last two home games.
Liverpool’s season struggles
Liverpool’s season has been challenging, with injuries and lack of form affecting key players and new signings taking time to settle into the team. Despite notable performances, such as the seven goals against Manchester United, the Reds have struggled for consistency, particularly away from Anfield.
The win against Leeds was a reminder that Liverpool remains a team that can be ruthless when given a chance to exploit opposition weaknesses. The team remains eighth in the Premier League, a point behind seventh-placed Brighton and two shy of Aston Villa in sixth. Klopp’s side is facing the possibility of finishing outside the top four for the first time in seven seasons, and the prospect of missing out on European football.
Leeds United’s season began with assurances from owner Andrea Radrizzani that they would not repeat their near-relegation experience from the previous season. However, with seven games to go, the Whites are two points above the relegation zone and struggling for confidence after back-to-back home embarrassments.
For 35 minutes, their tactic of containment and counter-attacking appeared to be working. However, they were unable to regroup after conceding the first goal. Sinisterra’s dogged determination and cute finish provided a brief respite, but Leeds were unable to prevent Liverpool from running riot. The Whites’ goal difference has taken a significant hit, having conceded five or more goals in successive games for the first time in their history.
Leeds will need to rally if they are to avoid the drop. Upcoming fixtures against Fulham, Leicester, and Bournemouth could prove pivotal to their fate.