Leeds United must axe Junior Firpo - Three things we learned in loss v Liverpool
Leeds United suffered a humiliating 6-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool to put more pressure on Marcelo Bielsa with relegation looming larger.
The game was virtually finished before halftime as two Mohamed Salah penalties either side of Joel Matip’s striker-like finish giving the Reds a 3-0 cushion.
Sadio Mane tapped home a Jordan Henderson cross to make it four with ten minutes to play before adding the fifth via a rebound on the 90. Virgil van Dijk then rubbed the rest of the world’s salt into Leeds’ wounds heading home from a corner in stoppage time.
There’s plenty for Bielsa to mull over after that performance, not much of it good, but here are three things MOT Leeds News learned from the pasting at Anfield:
With two penalties in the first half, most may have forgotten that Junior Firpo made perhaps the most ridiculous tackle of the Premier League season.
With Fabinho cornered on the touchline and seemingly going nowhere, the 25-year-old launched himself into a needless sliding challenge that the Brazilian easily chipped the ball past and took the foul.
Firpo was rightly booked and proved how fickle he can be at times and that isn’t someone Bielsa can trust too often.
One of the very few positives to take from a disappointing night for the Whites was the never-ending energy of Dan James.
The Welshman almost stole the ball off Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson to give Leeds the lead in the very early moments of the game and he pestered the Reds’ defenders for an hour with his immediate acceleration before surprisingly being brought off for Joe Gelhardt.
He might not be a natural number nine but in a pressing team, he might be the best option Bielsa has got at his disposal.
Paying the penalty
It doesn’t matter if you’re playing Liverpool or Lincoln, you cannot give away two penalties in the first half and expect to get anything out of the game.
Once again, Bielsa’s gung-ho tactics left Leeds woefully exposed at the back and when Salah and Mane are the opposition, they are asking for trouble.
There has been talk of Bielsa leaving the club at the end of the season [The Mirror] and maybe that is the best thing for the Whites if this kind of defensive abomination keeps happening.
In other Leeds United news, Stephen Warnock was wowed by what Adam Forshaw did in the first half of the Liverpool defeat.