Tony Dorigo says Leeds must perform against Liverpool
Leeds United must put in a performance against Liverpool at Anfield in order to get out of their bad run ahead of some better fixtures.
The Whites have won just once in their last seven and have lost each of their last three games, conceding 14 goals along the way.
Those games have come against Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal and they now face a trip to face Liverpool to make it games against the entire top four in a row.
But after the game against Liverpool, Leeds face fixtures against Aston Villa and Burnley which are much more winnable on paper.
BT Sport pundit Tony Dorigo has written in his column for the Yorkshire Evening Post that he believes it’s imperative that the Whites turn in a performance against Liverpool so that they get the motor running.
“The first game last season at Anfield was one of the best games I’ve seen,” he said. “It was just a shame fans weren’t there, and this time the players have to soak it up.
“Anfield is such a special place and, for any of those youngsters who get on, it will be a very special occasion. All they can do is get out there, prepare correctly and give it their best shot.
“If they do that, they should be very proud of themselves, whatever happens.
“It will, of course, be incredibly difficult on Boxing Day. You couldn’t get worse fixtures than this set of four – they’re the fixtures from hell, the top four in the league and three of them are away.
“It was always expected to be a huge blip going the wrong way. We know how hard it is for the team right now but it’s hugely important to try and put a performance in each time, no matter the result because, when we meet Aston Villa and Burnley, we can’t suddenly turn the tap on. It has to be on at Anfield.”
Something Leeds have massively struggled with in recent weeks is their performance levels, and Dorigo is correct that it needs to be upped.
Leeds haven’t been good enough this season on or off the ball, but it’s also the lack of energy in the side that has been clear for all to see.
The Whites made a reputation for themselves under Bielsa as a team that will outrun anyone and apply pressure for 95 minutes of every game, but that seems to have become less apparent.
Several injury issues mean that the quality isn’t as high and that can be accepted to some degree, but a lack of effort just isn’t good enough and the fans deserve more than that.
A good result against Liverpool isn’t expected to come, but if they can put in a good performance then the fans will be far more accepting and that means morale goes up before games where the three points are expected.
In other Leeds United news, Paul Merson has given his verdict on Leeds’ survival hopes.