Liverpool Player Ratings vs Leeds (Feb 23, 2022)

Written By Uttiyo Sarkar on February 23, 2022

Liverpool moved 3 points behind Premier League leaders Man City with a ruthless 6-0 win over a struggling Leeds United side at Anfield. 

The Reds saw some resistance from the visitors early on, but took the lead in the 15th minute thanks to a perfect penalty from Mo Salah to make it 1-0. LFC weren’t in a mood to slow down and made it 2-0 in the 30th minute, when Joel Matip’s ambitious forward run into the box was rewarded – as he was played through to score past Illan Meslier. 

Salah got his second goal with another penalty in the 36th minute, making it 3-0 for the Reds! LFC dominated 65% of the possession and put Leeds to the sword in the first half, having the game well & truly in the bag. 

The Reds put the pumps on the brake a little bit in the second half, but Sadio Mane got in on the act to score a tap-in in the 80th minute to make it 4-0! Mane scored another one to make it 5-0 in the 90th minute after tapping-in another one into the open goal. 

Virgil van Dijk got in on the act to make it 6-0 from virtually the last touch of the game, sealing a dominant win for the Reds. That’s now 9 wins in a row for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who have made a statement of intent that they’re not going down in this title race!

Here are Liverpool player ratings vs Leeds

Liverpool Player Ratings vs Leeds

Manager

Jurgen Klopp (8.0) – 

Klopp switched things around a little bit with 5 changes from the last game but his rotation worked wonders. The Salah-Mane-Diaz trio again fired up the attacking areas, getting involved in 5 of the 6 goals on the day! His subs were great too, as Hendo and Origi both played parts in setting up late goals. 

He has this LFC side in their groove now and they don’t look like stopping anytime soon. Just about keeping this momentum going until the end of the season now. 

Goalkeeper

Alisson (6.0) –

The dependable Ali nearly makes a howler early on, getting closed down easily and nearly conceding a cheap goal, but fortunate not to. Not really tested that much after that and made some routine saves to get his clean sheet. 

Defenders

Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.0) –

Trent’s back after a rest and held his ground in a sterrn defensive test against the pacy attackers. Made a great pass to send Salah through for his chance before half-time. Did some great link-up play with Salah but not as perfect with his crosses today, which is why he couldn’t get among the goals in this rout. 

Virgil van Dijk (8.5) –

Van Dijk seems unnerved by Leeds’ pacey attacking threat and helped keep things in control in the first half. Got in among the goals by thundering a header through the goalkeeper towards the end. Dominated the show defensively and rewarded with a late goal too. 

Joel Matip (8.0) – 

Matip looks pumped for this and scores a surprisingly impressive goal, making a run from his own area before doing a nice link-up with Salah and powering a shot past the goalkeeper. Like Van Dijk, he also looked very comfortable defensively and ensured Leeds didn’t get a real sniff at goal. 

Andy Robertson (8.0) – 

Robbo returned to add more incisiveness down the left.  His cross struck Stuart Dallas’ hand for the penalty. Got in the box and took a swipe at goal in the 29th that is saved. Set up Van Dijk’s goal with a perfect cross and rewarded for creating more than 4 chances in another proactive performance. 

Midfielders

Fabinho (6.0) – 

Can Fabinho score again? Gets a huge scoring chance in the 41st but blasts one over from open range. Struggled with Leeds’ fast breaks at times, but they weren’t really able to capitalize on that so didn’t really matter. Will be gutted not to get that goal.

Thiago Alcantara (7.0) –

Thiago’s expertly helped his side control the game with his slick passes and efficient work in midfield. Did well to set up fast-breaks, making 50 passes and winning 5 duels – putting in a solid shift. 

Curtis Jones (7.5) –

This is usually the kind of open games Jones thrives in. Swerved a shot just wide of the goal seconds before the break. Did a lovely one-two with Salah before setting up a nice chance for him in the 62nd. Makes another nice run in the box and hits a shot from an awkward angle that is saved. 

Jones enjoyed himself today, bossing things in midfield, winning the ball back on many occasions and being involved in some nice moves too. Maybe bit unlucky not to be among the goals after that bright outing. 

Forwards

Mo Salah (9.0) –

Mo extends his great record against Leeds by smartly slotting in the penalty to put his side ahead. Then sets up Matip’s goal with a clever pass into the box. And converts his second penalty as perfectly as his first, thundering one into the top corner.

Could’ve had a first-half hattrick after being played through on goal in stoppage time, but his dinked effort was cleared off the line! Makes a great run in the box before seeing his shot saved in the 60th. Shockingly skies a shot from close range two minutes later. 

Bit unlucky not to get his hattrick, but absolutely tormented Leeds all game long to help his side get the big win. 

Luis Diaz (6.5) –

Diaz seems to be loving life at Anfield and is buzzing like a bee. Gets himself to make a nice shot on target in the 4th but sees it deflect wide off Mane. Surged through on goal in the 22nd, but sees shot from a tight angle saved well. Made some really exciting forward runs that had the fans on their feet and set up some nice chances, bt unable to get among the goals today. 

Sadio Mane (8.5) –

Mane’s again playing as a striker after impressing in the last game. Made a blistering run into the box to help earn the second penalty. Gets his reward late on for working hard all game, scoring one emphatically from close range to score his side’s fourth. And then scores an even easier goal, capitalizing on a goalkeeping error to pass the ball into the goal. 

Well he got to prove his centre-forward credentials by scoring two poacher’s goals and also impressing with his general movement & link-up play. 

Substitutions

Jordan Henderson (7.5) –

Made a vital interception before helping set up Mane’s goal with a lovely pass. Ensured his side didn’t let their energy levels drop and get those late goals to improve their PL goal difference. 

James Milner (6.0) –

Milner worked hard to ensure that Leeds couldn’t create chances easily towards the end or get a goal. 

Divock Origi (N/R) –

Origi made a great run to force Meslier to come off his line and make the error leading to Mane’s second. 

MAN OF THE MATCH

Salah was an absolute nightmare for Leeds with everything he did today. Scored two goals and even assisted one. Bit unlucky not to get his hattrick but he’s definitely the MOTM today. 

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