Klopp admits defeat in Liverpool's pursuit of Bellingham
Liverpool emphatically vanquished their five-match winless run by thrashing Leeds United 6-1 on Monday night. Cody Gakpo scored the opening goal and Darwin Nunez fired in late on either side of braces by Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota to unleash misery on Elland Road as Luis Sinisterra netted a consolation strike.
Express Sport provides four talking points as Jurgen Klopp’s side rediscovered their ruthless touch, inflicting further relegation fear in West Yorkshire.
Salah smashes latest record
Salah has broken his fair share of records throughout his successful Liverpool career.
He scored his 132nd and 133rd Premier League goals for the Reds on either side of half-time against Leeds.
And 107 of those have been netted with his left foot, now more than any other player in the competition’s history.
Salah surpassed fellow Anfield legend Robbie Fowler (105) as he moved onto 15 Premier League strikes for the campaign.
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Jota ends dire drought
Many Liverpool fans will have grimaced at the sight of Jota’s name on the team sheet for the fifth successive game. His form has been… out of sorts.
Those frustrations will have only tempered in the first half as the Portuguese forward misplaced pass after pass… but then he found Salah for his first.
And then he scored. Twice. Jota ended a staggering 33-game goal drought, last finding the net in a 2-2 draw against Manchester City in April 2022.
He proved why Klopp has retained faith in him while Darwin Nunez, Roberto Firmino, and, on Monday evening, Luis Diaz have watched from the bench.
Leeds make horrific history
Leeds fans’ boos were deafening as Liverpool ran riot in the second half, and a mass walkout was another indicator that perhaps some are starting to lose faith of Premier League survival.
After their 5-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace last time out, many will have craved a response at the very least.
But Leeds became just the second team to concede at least five goals in back-to-back Premier League home games after Derby County in 2008.
If it wasn’t for Nunez’s late sixth, the whites will have joined AFC Bournemouth as the only team to have lost back-to-back Premier League games 5-1. Not like the actual outcome provided any comfort.
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Klopp run rolls on
Leeds had the opportunity to end an impressive run on home turf. A 16 per cent chance, to be precise.
After the Whites’ 2-1 win at Anfield road earlier in the season, victory would’ve inflicted the first double on Klopp since he arrived in England.
But Liverpool’s quality prevailed, and within a few first-half minutes, they had taken two shots on target. Both goals. The game wasn’t the same after that.
By taking three points back to Merseyside, the visitors ensured they didn’t extend their winless run to six games, which would’ve been a new unwanted record during Klopp’s reign.
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