By Will Butcher
Garry Monk is desperate for Leeds to retain their competitive edge as they face high flying Liverpool on Tuesday night.
In what is regarded as Monk’s biggest test as the Yorkshire giants’ manager, Leeds face a tall order in keeping out Jurgen Klopp’s free-scoring attack as they eye a place in the EFL Cup semi finals.
Posting on his personal Twitter account on Monday night, 37-year-old boss Monk wants his young Leeds side to continue to defy the odds by reaching the last four of the EFL Cup.
— Garry Monk (@GarryMonk) November 28, 2016
Leeds have reached the last eight alongside the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle, after securing wins against Fleetwood Town, Luton Town, Blackburn and Norwich.
Monk, who replaced former boss Steve Evans in the summer, has also seen his new side surpass pre-season expectations in the Championship as the former Champions League side sit in fifth.
Eight wins in 11 league games has seen the Yorkshire outfit turn their season around, after beginning the 2016-17 campaign in dismal fashion that saw them languish above the drop zone.
Leeds will be buoyed by Liverpool’s growing injury list, that sees Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino all sidelined for the cup clash.
With a place at Wembley up for grabs, Monk will be hoping his side can produce one of the competition’s biggest giant killings of the campaign.
In other Leeds news, this Championship striker is reportedly interesting Monk.