By Emma Sanders

Chris Wood has claimed Leeds’ clash against Liverpool in the EFL Cup will be an easier match than the game against Newcastle the week before.

Leeds take on the Premier League table toppers at the end of the month in the quarter-final of the cup competition but Wood is more concerned about Rafa Benitez’s side.

Newcastle are flying in the Championship and Wood revealed why he believes their clash against the second-tier Magpies this month will be more difficult.

“[Playing at Anfield is] something everybody looks forward to, it’s a massive game but we have a huge game before that against Newcastle,” said Wood, as reported by the Daily Star.

“It will be a sell-out crowd, that is going to be the tougher one before we go to Anfield. At least when you go there [Liverpool] you can express yourself and enjoy the moment, it makes it a bit easier.”

Leeds currently sit in 6th place in the Championship table, 11 points behind league leaders Newcastle and have yet to face Benitez’ in-form side.

Newcastle won six successive games throughout October, including all five league games and are now three points adrift at the top of the table.

Leeds host Newcastle on 20th November, following the international break and travel to Rotherham the following Saturday before they face Liverpool in the cup on Tuesday night.

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