Leeds United 0-3 Liverpool: Five talking points as Harvey Elliott injury mars big win

By Chris Doyle

Mohamed Salah reached 100 Premier League goals as Liverpool claimed an impressive win at Elland Road.

Goals from the Egyptian winger, Fabinho and Sadio Mane helped the Reds see off Leeds United as the home side are still in search of their first win of the season.

Salah made Liverpool's fast start to the game count as he diverted a Trent-Alexander Arnold cross into the back of the net, before Fabinho and Mane wrapped up the three points after the break.

It looked like it was going to be the perfect away day for Jurgen Klopp, but there are huge concerns for Harvey Elliott's health as he was stretchered off with a suspected broken leg.

Here are the talking points from the Super Sunday clash.

Harvey Elliott of Liverpool applauds the fans as he leaves the pitch on a stretcher (2021 Getty Images)

Liverpool's relentless start

The Reds came flying out the blocks in the first half and almost stunned Leeds with their pace of play.

The front three of Salah, Mane and Diogo Jota were causing Marcelo Bielsa's men all sorts of problems and were creating countless opportunities.

Liverpool made the breakthrough with a goal from Salah, but should have been out of sight by half time as they squandered various chances, include Mane missing an open goal.

But they made it count in the second half as Fabinho added a second before Mane finally got his goal.

The football Liverpool were playing was, at times, breathtaking up against a very good side.

Salah hits 100

It's been a sensational start to the season for Salah and that continued at Elland Road as he opened the scoring for the visitors.

And he made it 100 Premier League goals in doing so - an unbelievable feat.

The Egyptian winger's consistency is exceptional and his greatness is often underappreciated, but it shouldn't be.

He's up there with the best of them and today was another example of that.

Salah reached 100 Premier League goals with his strike against Leeds (OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Harvey Elliott blow

Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliott appeared to suffer a broken leg in the second half.

The 18-year-old was challenged by Leeds defender Pascal Struijk, who was sent off.

Salah and his Liverpool's teammates were visibly distressed after the challenge as he was stretchered off.

It remains to be seen how long he will be on the sidelines for but if it's as serious as it looked, it's a huge blow for the player and the club.

Elliott has been integrated into the first team this season and has looked promising when he's been used by Klopp.

And he was having an excellent game once again before being forced off with the horror injury.

Fabinho masterclass

The midfielder looked as if we was going to miss this afternoon's game as Brazil tried to impose a five-day ban for their international players.

And Liverpool will be delighted they reversed their decision as Fabinho was an absolute force in the middle of the park, as well as getting on the scoresheet.

The 27-year-old was a big reason why Leeds' threat was nullified as he broke up play on countless occasions.

He was fully deserving of his goal as he took advantage of Leeds' inability to defend from set-pieces as he gave his side a two-goal cushion just after half time.

The timing of his strike was key as the home side started the second half brightly, but Fabinho took the stuffing out of Bielsa's men.

Harvey Elliott of Liverpool receives medical treatment against Leeds (2021 Getty Images)

Raphinha transfer audition

Raphinha was in the news earlier this week as it was reported that Liverpool are tracking the Brazilian star.

The Independent claims the Reds have been keeping a close eye on the Leeds winger for five years and first noticed him at the Copa Sao Paulo junior football tournament.

But if it was an audition for a potential move to the Reds, he didn't have the best one as Liverpool's defence kept him quiet for the most part.

Andy Robertson was matched up with Raphinha and got the better of him as the Leeds man struggled to get into the game and was uncharacteristically wasteful in the final third.


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