Garth Crooks has named Diego Llorente in his team of the week after the Leeds United defender scored a late goal to earn a point against Liverpool on Monday.

Llorente, 27, cancelled out a first-half goal by Sadio Mane to see the game ended 1-1 at Elland Road amid protests against the formation of the European Super League.

Ex-Tottenham player Crooks has named Llorente in his team of the week because of that game but wasn’t afraid to slam the centre-back for his erratic play earlier on in the match.

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Writing on the BBC Sport website, Crooks said: “Diego Llorente lived dangerously throughout the match with Liverpool and might have been punished on occasion.

“However, the Leeds defender salvaged a point with his first goal for the club and managed to keep Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota reasonably quiet for most of the evening.

“This was the sort of game that in the circumstances would have produced an electric atmosphere if both sets of fans had been allowed inside Elland Road.

“Quite what Leeds fans would have been singing is anyone’s guess, but Llorente still has all this to experience and it is something we can all look forward to next season.”

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Llorente improves Leeds

Leeds definitely look more solid at the back. But what did we expect when Marcelo Bielsa signed a Spain international who was used to playing against Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga?

It’s taken a fair bit of time for Llorente to finally get settled down at Elland Road but it’s been worth the wait with the centre-back definitely helping improve Bielsa’s back-line.

Leeds are conceding far fewer goals with him in the defence and it’s going to be hard for Liam Cooper to get back into the side once he’s back from suspension.

Pascal Struijk started alongside Llorente on Monday. Will that be the same on Sunday when we played Manchester United? Robin Koch was an unused substitute versus Liverpool.

Struijk’s not done anything wrong really but Koch is a German international who has massive experience of playing against top sides.

We’d like to see Llorente and Koch start side by side on Sunday but we’re not opposed to Struijk starting either while Cooper is out.

In other Leeds United news, a pundit claims there’d be major “uproar” if this Elland Road speculation comes true.


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