Liverpool made mincemeat of Leeds United in a thumping 6-1 victory at Elland Road in the Premier League on Monday, and the Reds manager Jurgen Klopp was delighted with his side’s performance, calling it the best of the season.
Braces from Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota on either side of goals from Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez gave the Merseyside outfit a huge victory in north Yorkshire, ending their four-game winless in the league.
Although Liverpool have won by bigger margins this season – 9-0 vs Bournemouth and 7-0 vs Manchester United – Klopp felt last night’s result was better than anything his side has produced so far this term.
“It was the best game we played this season, from many different aspects,” said the German to Sky Sports after the game.
“Controlling the game, we caused a lot of mistakes from Leeds. Sensational goals. We counter-pressed the best we have [since] long ago. In the 92nd minute, we lose the ball and four players chase the ball. It was outstanding and exactly what we wanted,” he further added.
Having stunned Liverpool with an unlikely 2-1 win at Anfield back in October, the Peacocks were looking to complete a league double over them for just the second time in their history, but the visitors had other ideas.
Gakpo and Salah had the Reds 2-0 up in the opening stanza, though Luis Sinisterra pulled one back for the hosts just minutes into the restart. It gave Leeds the hope of making a comeback into the game, but all such hopes were quickly squished as Liverpool added four more goals thereafter.
Salah brought up his double, while Jota also bagged a brace after going a whole year without scoring a single goal. Nunez came off the bench to add a sixth as Liverpool put Leeds to the sword in an emphatic display.
However, with only 47 points from 30 games, the Reds are down in eighth position of the league table, six adrift of European spots, while the Peacocks are now just three points clear of the relegation zone in 16th.