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Salah gets 100th EPL goal in Liverpool win

Published:Monday | September 13, 2021 | 12:08 AM
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the opening goal during their English Premier League match against Leeds United at Elland Road, Leeds, England, yesterday.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the opening goal during their English Premier League match against Leeds United at Elland Road, Leeds, England, yesterday.

LEEDS, England (AP):

Mohamed Salah scored his 100th English Premier League (EPL) goal to set Liverpool on their way to a 3-0 win over Leeds that was marred by a serious ankle injury to Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliott yesterday.

Salah converted a cross by Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 20th minute to become the 30th player to reach the milestone, with only four getting there quicker than the Egypt winger’s 162 appearances.

Fabinho poked in a second goal at a corner in the 50th, and Sadio Mané added a third in stoppage time, extending Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the season after four games. The Reds are on 10 points along with Chelsea and Manchester United, one more than defending champions Manchester City.

Liverpool look set to be without Elliott for a considerable period, though, after he hurt his left ankle in a tackle by Leeds substitute Pascal Struijk that earned the defender a red card in the 60th minute.

The 18-year-old midfielder was in pain, and Salah immediately beckoned Liverpool’s medical staff to come on to the field and treat Elliott, who was eventually taken off on a stretcher while receiving oxygen.

Elliott posted a picture of himself with thumbs up on Instagram before the full-time whistle, writing: “Thank you for the messages guys! Road to recovery.”

Elliott has forced his way into Liverpool’s starting line-up this season, ahead of much-heralded midfielders like Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara, and is one of the most highly rated youngsters in English football.

Serious knee injury

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp looked emotional as he spoke about Elliott’s injury, which revived memories of a serious knee injury sustained by Virgil van Dijk that kept the defender out for most of last season.

“I heard it was dislocated and they couldn’t put it back, and he is now in hospital,” Klopp said

“I saw the situation. I could see his foot was not in the right place. That is why we were all shocked.”

Leeds’ players, roared on by an expectant full house at Elland Road, played their part in a pulsating match but could have lost by a bigger margin as the visitors missed a hatful of chances, with Mane culpable in particular.

Leeds have yet to win a league game this season and are on two points from four games.

Liverpool, unbeaten in their eight previous top-flight away games, were undeterred by an intimidating atmosphere and there was an air of inevitability when Salah side-footed Liverpool into the lead from right in front of goal.

Only Alan Shearer, Harry Kane, Sergio Agüero and Thierry Henry have scored 100 EPL goals quicker than Salah, who is in his fifth season at Liverpool and has won the Golden Boot award twice.