Virgil van Dijk, Harvey Elliott and Sadio Mane all came close to extending the away team’s lead, as they threatened to overwhelm Leeds in the first half - but Luke Ayling spurned a great chance to equalise right before the break.
Immediately after the restart Liverpool doubled their lead through Fabinho, poking in after a corner, before Pascal Struijk was shown a red card for a dangerous tackle which saw him emerge with the ball, but also left Elliott with a serious injury and being stretchered off. Sadio Mane finished matters off with a late third.
Here are the player ratings from Elland Road.
Illan Meslier - 6. No chance on the goals, saved one effort from Jota beforehand. Did stop a couple from Mane thereafter.
Luke Ayling - 5. Wasted a huge chance at the far post, opting to knee the ball rather than stoop to head and sending it well over.
Liam Cooper - 5. Did well to clear a few set-plays and deliveries, but the attacking movement was too much for him to handle.
Diego Llorente - 5. Struggled badly to cope in the first half-hour and then suffered a hamstring injury.
Junior Firpo - 5. Battered around by Salah and Elliott, couldn’t stop Alexander-Arnold’s crosses. Not enough of an impact going forward.
Kalvin Phillips - 6. Tigerish and excellent on the ball in the first stages of the game but then quickly overrun in midfield. Some of his forward passes set away Leeds’ best moments.
Raphinha - 6. Marginalised for large spells. Tried to get involved centrally at times but Leeds didn’t have enough of the ball for him to work his magic.
Stuart Dallas - 4. Really struggled in midfield to get involved in play or stop Liverpool’s build-up work.
Rodrigo - 5. Shot straight at Alisson earlier on when he should have done better. Another overrun in the middle and subbed at the break.
Jack Harrison - 5. An outlet at times and tried a few runs down the wing in the first half but spent most of his time tracking back.
Patrick Bamford - 6. Picked up some positions between the centre-backs and linked play well, but guided two efforts off-target. Fine attempted lob from 40 yards, just tipped over.
Subs: Pascal Struijk (5 - sent-off), Tyler Roberts (5), Dan James (5)
Alisson - 8. A good early save and some fine pinged passes out wide. Saved a header just after the second goal went in, a more routine stop, and then tipped over a lob.
Trent Alexander-Arnold - 7. Two magic early deliveries from the right and constantly available to help the Reds keep possession. Defensively sound, too.
Joel Matip - 8. Superb foray forward to help open up the defence for the first goal. Wasn’t tested continuously defensively, but broke into attacking areas with regularity.
Virgil van Dijk - 7. Imperious with his recovery runs. Did lose Bamford a few times with runs behind, but always made up the ground.
Andy Robertson - 7. Overlaps, cut-backs, tackles and recoveries - a classic Robertson showing.
Fabinho - 8. Booked early but then baredly missed a tackle or an interception. Simply excellent - and finished a set-piece for a rare goal, too.
Harvey Elliott - 8. Once more trusted in a notable game by Jurgen Klopp and once more showed why. Creative, forward-thinking and hard-working. Sadly suffered a terrible-looking injury in the second half.
Thiago - 8. Superb start on the ball and unluckily saw a goal ruled out for an earlier offside. A big part of the reason Liverpool dominated most of the game for the first hour and set up the third goal.
Mohamed Salah - 8. His movement was so hard for Leeds’ defenders to track, while he powered Firpo off the ball with regularity. Ghosted in to finish for 1-0. Helped repeatedly open up the defence.
Diogo Jota - 6. Hard-working in leading the line without ever being quite as refined with his final ball as he could have been.
Sadio Mane - 6. Like Salah, his movement was relentless and unstoppable. Finishing wasn’t quite as good though, wasting three good chances and misplacing a couple of passes in good positions, too - before finally rattling one in during stoppage time.
Subs: Jordan Henderson (6), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (5), Naby Keita (n/a)
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