England, April 18 (BNA): Liverpool suspended their away matches as Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah scored twice each in an emphatic 6-1 win at lowly Leeds United on Monday, a Premier League record at home at Elland Road. Yorkshire Club.
Jota was top scorer for the first time in over a year while Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez were also on the scoresheet as Liverpool recorded a second away win in 2023.
Reuters reported that the team moved to 47 points from 30 matches, nine points behind Newcastle United, in fourth place in qualifying for the Champions League.
Leeds had chances in the first half but just like the 5-1 loss at home to Crystal Palace in their previous game, they were too open defensively.
Coach Javi Gracia’s team stayed two points above the relegation zone after 31 matches. Leeds winger Luis Sinistera made it 2-1 shortly after the break before Liverpool scored four more goals.
“It was a special second half, and we played really well,” Jota told Sky Sports. “We kept the ball and tried to find ourselves in good positions, scoring some great goals.
“It’s been a difficult season for me and the team, so it’s a relief for me to score. I always want to be involved, I also had an assist in the first half, but I would like to score more.”
Salah now has nine goals in six league matches against Leeds, a record shared for Liverpool with Gordon Hodgson, and has moved to 26 for the season in all competitions after completing two clinical finishes, with his first goal coming from Jota.
There was some controversy over Liverpool’s first goal from Jakpo in the 35th minute as Leeds scored a handball from Trent Alexander-Arnold in the build-up.
It is the first win in six matches in all competitions for Liverpool, whose hopes of qualifying for the Champions League seem so distant, but there has been some swagger in the performance they have missed at Anfield this season.