By Peter Lynch

15th Apr, 2023 | 3:13pm

Jeff Stelling shares Leeds United reaction to Crystal Palace defeat live on Sky Sports

Jeff Stelling has dropped a brutally honest verdict on Leeds United following their humiliating 5-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Sunday (9 April).

Despite going 1-0 ahead, the home side completely capitulated after conceding on the stroke of half-time, before the Eagles turned on the style and netted four more times.

Stelling has now urged the Whites to focus on the clash with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Monday (17 April) in a bid to forget the Palace result.

“Let’s just look ahead to Leeds against Liverpool,” he said on Sky Sports [15 April, 14:04]. “We saw two sides of Leeds against Crystal Palace, just in the way we saw two sides of Liverpool against Arsenal. 

“I tell you what, they were 1-0 up against Crystal Palace, I’ll be brutally honest, it was Sunday afternoon, I took my dogs for a walk as I couldn’t see anything else happening but a Leeds win but then they just fell apart, credit to Palace of course. They fell apart at the seams, five goals in 24 minutes.”

Complete humiliation

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Leeds have been their usual selves of late, even with the change of manager, with the Whites continuously failing to find any sort of consistency.

The club have recently picked up important and impressive wins against Nottingham Forest and Wolves, but these have been matched by unimpressive losses against Arsenal and Palace.

The Eagles’ defeat was a particular blow, firstly given how it was at Elland Road, but secondly and more importantly given how it involved a complete capitulation in the second half.

Moreover, it was against a Palace outfit who really are not known for their goalscoring abilities.

The Whites now have a huge match against Liverpool to try and rectify their mistakes, with the match appropriately taking place at Elland Road once again, giving the players a chance to apologise with a big performance.

But Liverpool will also be desperate to finish their miserable campaign with a flourish, with an attacking, end-to-end encounter undoubtedly in store between the two.

In other Leeds United news, one player is close to signing a new contract extension with the Whites to stay at Elland Road, according to journalist Mo Ibrahim.