Robbie Savage and LUTV host Emma Jones were embroiled in another spat about Leeds United on Friday ahead of the Whites’ clash against Arsenal on Sunday.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men have lost both of their last two matches 4-1 against Crystal Palace and Leicester and Savage has regularly taken swipes at the Whites for their poor defensive record.
The former Leicester and Derby midfielder was at it again this week on William Hill’s Three of the Best, which is hosted by Leeds fan Jones.
Savage mocked Leeds for conceding four goals to Palace and even questioned whether Bielsa will be able to keep the Yorkshire club in the Premier League.
“Ooh, a bit of deja vu Jonesy. Last Three of the Best, ‘can Leeds defend?’ They conceded four against the Foxes. Oh hang on a minute, the Eagles come swooping in and score four against your Leeds United,” said Savage, as shown on a video clip via his personal Twitter account on Friday.
“Big question is Jonesy, on Three of the Best, are we doing ‘can Leeds stay up?'”
Jones replied by saying: “I mean, that’s not a big question at all is it, Rob? Let’s be honest.
“Of course they can stay up, and do you know what? I promised myself before I jumped on this call with you, that I wouldn’t rise to it so I’m going to sit back and let any Leeds United fans have their say.”
Savage interjected again by saying: “Big question. How many are you going to concede this week? ”
In response, Jones said: “Pipe down mate. Let’s move on shall we?”
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Leeds are conceding a lot of goals but they are also scoring a lot.
Yes, the last two results have been very poor – especially to concede four against Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace. But if anything, those results should spark something within the Leeds players to get a result this weekend.
So far this season, the Whites have impressed against the traditional ‘big-six’ clubs.
Leeds lost 4-3 to Liverpool despite having more possession at Anfield on the opening day of the season before holding Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at Elland Road.
Again, Leeds had more of the ball on that occasion – something which very rarely happens against Man City.
Bielsa has the Whites playing extremely good football and as a result, that leaves the defence more exposed.
It’s something that’s happened to Liverpool this season too as teams who rely on their full-backs to play more offensively are being found out at the back.
Stats by WyScout show that Leeds’ two full-backs, Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas, and Liverpool’s two full-backs, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, make up four of the top five players for progressive passes so far this season.
Leeds have conceded the joint-most number of goals this season in the Premier League  while Liverpool rank third with 16 shipped.
Is that a coincidence? Perhaps not.