Leeds United fell to a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield in the EFL Cup Quarter-final, after conceding twice in the second half.
However, Garry Monk’s side gave a good account of themselves – with plenty of encouraging performances on display.
GK: Marco Silvestri (6/10) – The second choice stopper was selected above Rob Green for his first appearance since his penalty heroics in the previous round. Silvestri was helpless to prevent Ben Woodburn’s goal, but his lack of decisiveness for Divock Origi’s opener was crucial.
RB: Gaetano Berardi (6/10) – In only his third start of the season, Berardi put in a disciplined performance at right back and focused primarily on stagnating direct opponent Alberto Moreno. Tired as Liverpool grew into the game in the second half.
CB: Kyle Bartley (6/10) – A lack of judgement and communication between Bartley and Silvestri almost resulted in a first half goal from Emre Can. Along with Cooper, was given a tough ride by Liverpool’s forward line – but managed to handle the threat with admirable efforts.
CB: Liam Cooper (6/10) – Remained focused to keep tracks on Liverpool’s rotating line of Sadio Mane, Divock Origi and Ovie Ejaria. Due to injury, Cooper was substituted at half time for Luke Ayling (6/10), who experienced a difficult evening against Origi.
LB: Charlie Taylor (8/10) – Leeds’ Player of the Year last season was one of their most adventurous outlets before Liverpool’s opening goal. The left back tried to provide width and attacking impetus throughout the match. Certainly not phased at this level of football.
CM: Eunan O’Kane (7/10) – An industrial performance before being replaced byKalvin Phillips (7/10) in the 27th minute due to injury. Phillips took up the mantle from O’Kane and showed plenty of energy and determination against a pacey Liverpool midfield.
CM: Ronaldo Vieira (7/10) – One of Leeds’ most impressive performers and, alongside O’Kane and Phillips, provided a competitive and combative edge to to the Leeds midfield.
AM: Hadi Sacko (6/10) – Had a decent chance in just the third minute and perhaps should have scored – a feat repeated in the 84th minute. Gave the ball away on too many occasions and relied on his pace and Alberto Moreno’s poor positioning to find any footing in the game.
AM: Stuart Dallas (6/10) – His first game in two months after injury – and it showed. Dallas’ work rate and commitment to the cause was unquestionable but the Northern Ireland international tired and one the hour mark was replaced byChris Wood (7/10) – who had a goal disallowed for offside with ten minutes remaining.
AM: Kemar Roofe (8/10) – Looked lively in the early stages and created space for himself to fire a tenth minute effort at Simon Mignolet’s goal and an outstanding strike against the post after the break. Roofe’s efforts throughout the game could not be faulted.
FW: Souleymane Doukara (6/10) – Selected to lead the line ahead of last season’s top scorer Chris Wood. The 25-year-old French striker failed to justify his manager’s faith in him, and after an ineffective hour in a lone role, was joined in attack by Wood. The duo proceeded to cause Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva and Ragvan Klavan problems in the second half.
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