By Sam Stone

30th Oct, 2022 | 4:10pm

Leeds United statistic against Liverpool surely means they stick by Jesse Marsch

Jesse Marsch went into the fixture against Liverpool with a squad ravaged by injuries and a fans base calling for his head, but his Leeds United side delivered when he needed it most.

The disparity between his team and Jurgen Klopp’s in terms of quality is evidently clear, however, Leeds’ endeavour and hard work made the gap in quality dissipate. At times this season Marsch’s side have been able to produce unplayable periods in games (Crystal Palace first half for example) but have then seen their performance fall off dramatically.

Saturday evening (29 October) on Merseyside was different and showed that when his methods work for the full 90 minutes, the Whites can be a match for the best the Premier League has to offer.

Leeds have been characterised by their high pressing under the American and they covered 121km (Sky Sports, 30 October) against the Reds. No matter how well Liverpool move the ball, having players who are relentlessly pressing and harassing will make life hard.

On multiple occasions, we saw the likes of Thiago being rushed on the ball and misplacing passes, which is unheard of when it comes to the technical midfielder. Leeds’ high-energy play throughout the game resulted in six shots on target, which was ultimately the catalyst for their victory.

Marsch utilised his substitutions well, with Patrick Bamford and Willy Gnonto providing energy, as well as both being involved in the winning goal.

A team doesn’t cover 121km unless they’re completely invested in what the manager is trying to do to get results. These players are playing for Marsch and they have been in previous matches.

If the American can navigate a way through their next two fixtures, and get to the World Cup break unscathed, he could have earnt himself a lot more leeway to guide Leeds through the rest of the 2022/23 campaign.

In other Leeds United news, Jeff Stelling claims this world-class manager would want to be the next Whites manager if Marsch is sacked.