By George Overhill

1st Nov, 2022 | 3:10pm

Victor Orta still got jeers from some Leeds United fans following the final whistle at Anfield despite the famous win over Liverpool, according to Jonny Buchan.

The Whites pulled off a dramatic 2-1 win late on Merseyside to record their first win since August and to lift some of the pressure on Jesse Marsch, with Crysencio Summerville netting the winner after Mo Salah had cancelled out Rodrigo’s opener.

BBC journalists Buchan and Adam Pope believe that despite the crucial victory there remains discontent among the support directed above the embattled American manager to board level, which was shown when Orta and Angus Kinnear materialised at Anfield.

Speaking on the BBC podcast Don’t Go To Bed Just Yet on Monday (31 October, 21min 45sec) Buchan responded to a discussion about Marsch’s lack of support staff to say: “That then comes back to the board… I’m happy for anyone who was in the away end to get in touch and correct me over this, but after the game Victor Orta and Angus Kinnear were down pitch-side at one stage.

“Victor Orta, on his phone, strolled down the touchline a little bit when the fans were just starting to leave, the Leeds fans that were penned in afterwards, they did jeer a bit. Some of them did jeer.

“I felt those jeers were in Victor Orta’s direction. I could be wrong… but it does feel still that feeling is aimed at the board above Jesse.”

Pope added: “Yeah, this is one win, and a big win for all sorts of reasons. One win in nine, and it means nothing if they don’t beat Bournemouth, and people are still saying, ‘The faults are still there with the lack of players in two key positions’.

“And also I think there’s a little bit about when things are going bad you’re not being seen, but when things are good you’re happy to make yourself available or be seen, then people go, ‘Hang on, you’re best just not being seen all ways round’.”

Rightly so

One win won’t lift all the complaints that the board have to answer for, as the overall situation remains fairly perilous.

The lack of a striker and a left-back during the transfer window was hardly a surprise problem, as fans and reporters have been debating the matter for months and months.

Not coming close to cover for Junior Firpo, who was subsequently injured for weeks and hasn’t been able to win his job back since, remains a baffling oversight.

And the excruciating manner in which the club failed to sign the likes of Charles De Ketelaere, Cody Gakpo and Bamba Dieng in attack, while losing Dan James for no reason, will remain a stick to beat the hierarchy with unless or until goalscoring issues disappear entirely.

Andrea Radrizzani’s public statements on some of those pursuits were unhelpful in themselves, and the feeling that Marsch was being wheeled out to take the flack following deadline day should perhaps rightly garner him some sympathy that the board don’t deserve.

Whether an admittedly excellent win over Jurgen Klopp’s side is enough to prove that the manager is the right man for the Leeds United job long-term is a question that is still to be answered.

But it hard to escape the feeling that, for all the long-term planning that went into appointing him, and the transfer window clearly was geared towards him, he has been short-changed in two key areas of the squad.

The point about the ad-hoc nature of his backroom staff in his time at the club is another shortcoming that hasn’t helped him get the job done, so while he will always have his detractors those above him can’t avoid criticism either.

Fans will remain unimpressed on the whole until the Liverpool result is backed up by a fair few more, and unless the evidence on the pitch stops pointing to weaknesses at striker and left-back.

In other Leeds United news, the World Cup provides the club with a unique opportunity to replace Marsch as manager.