Three things we learned from Liverpool's thrashing of Leeds United
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores his second goal from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield on February 23, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Liverpool produced exactly what the doctor ordered on Wednesday evening as they handed Leeds their second-biggest thrashing of the season, with goals from Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk condemning Marcelo Bielsa's side to a humiliating 6-0 loss.

Jurgen Klopp's celebration in front of the Kop at full-time told those packed inside Anfield everything they needed to know; there's something special brewing at Liverpool right now.

More importantly, the win sees the Reds close the gap between themselves and Manchester City to just three points with both teams having now played the same number of league fixtures. Meaning the Premier League could be in for a classic title sprint between now and May.

Here are the three key things we learned from the emphatic thrashing of Leeds.

Salah is immaculate once more

Salah was unsurprisingly on the scoresheet during the rout of Leeds as he dispatched two first half penalties to claim his 18th and 19th league goals of an unbelievable individual season.

Despite missing the chance to claim a hat-trick and ensure the match ball would be lining up alongside his one from Old Trafford earlier in the season. Liverpool's No.11 edged himself into the Premier League record books as he became only the third non-English player to register ten goals and ten assists in three different campaigns. Joining Eric Cantona and Didier Drogba.

Diaz settling in

Liverpool new boy Luis Diaz departed Anfield to a standing ovation for the second time in five days, with the Kop seemingly already taking their new South American star firmly to their hearts. 

It was a performance full of tricks, flicks, strikes from distance and nearly a goal of the season contender, as he drove 50 yards with the ball only to be denied by Illan Meslier. 

Starting alongside Mane and Salah in the absence of Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino, it seems likely that Klopp will opt for the same line-up for Sunday's final against Chelsea.

Small, but decisive margins

The victory over Bielsa's men was not only a vital three points for the Reds but it also gave them another superior advantage over Manchester City, with them now boasting a four-goal lead =over the Citizens. 

Of course, there are still 12 matches to play between now and the end of the season, but small margins are welcoming additions for both managers. Especially given that the race for the title is expected to go right down to the wire.

 

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