Liverpool kept pace with the Premier League’s leading pack as Mohamed Salah’s 100th English top-flight goal helped them to victory at Leeds.
The game was somewhat marred, though, by a serious injury to young midfielder Harvey Elliott, who was stretchered off following an initially innocuous-looking sliding challenge from Pascal Struijk that ultimately saw the Leeds player sent off.
Liverpool were already firmly in control of the game by then, though.
Egyptian forward Salah was perfectly placed to tap in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low cross and give the Reds a 20th-minute advantage, with Fabinho bundling home the second following a corner five minutes after the break.
Sadio Mane had missed a number of chances in the game, but made absolutely certain of the points with a low finish into the far bottom corner in injury time.
Leeds had their chances too, with Rodrigo firing the best of them straight at Alisson with the game still goalless.
But with a man fewer, Leeds could not muster the challenge required and have now failed to win any of their first four top-flight matches in a season for the first time since 1958-59.
They will also now have to deal with a shortage of numbers in central defence, with Struijk banned and Diego Llorente limping off in the first half to join Robin Koch on the treatment table.
Jurgen Klopp’s side move to 10 points, level at the top, but with a lower number of goals scored than Manchester United and level with Chelsea.
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- 14LlorenteBooked at 30minsSubstituted forStruijkat 33′minutesBooked at 60mins
- 6CooperBooked at 12mins
- 19RodrigoSubstituted forRobertsat 45′minutes
- 22HarrisonSubstituted forJamesat 68′minutes
- 4van Dijk
- 67ElliottSubstituted forHendersonat 63′minutes
- 3FabinhoBooked at 16mins
- 6Thiago AlcántaraSubstituted forKeïtaat 90+3′minutes
- 20JotaSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 82′minutes
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Match ends, Leeds United 0, Liverpool 3.
Second Half ends, Leeds United 0, Liverpool 3.
Fabinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Raphinha (Leeds United).
Attempt missed. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.
Attempt blocked. Fabinho (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Robertson with a cross.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Raphinha.
Substitution, Liverpool. Naby Keïta replaces Thiago.
Goal! Leeds United 0, Liverpool 3. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Thiago.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Junior Firpo.
Attempt blocked. Joel Matip (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Luke Ayling.
Attempt blocked. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.
Offside, Liverpool. Jordan Henderson tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside.
Hand ball by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).
Offside, Liverpool. Sadio Mané tries a through ball, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is caught offside.
Offside, Leeds United. Junior Firpo tries a through ball, but Raphinha is caught offside.
Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Alisson.
Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Foul by Fabinho (Liverpool).
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