By Alex Stevens

Pontus Jansson has revealed his sadness at missing Leeds’ League Cup quarter-final clash against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night.

The centre-back was a shock omission from the Yorkshire giants’ starting XI after serving a one-match suspension at the weekend.

Jansson was expected to start in the centre of defence alongside regular partner Kyle Bartley, who has been an ever present for Garry Monk’s side this season.

But Sweden international Jansson did not even make the matchday squad and is replaced by Liam Cooper for a second consecutive match.

Jansson told Leeds supporters on his personal Twitter account shortly after the line-up was confirmed that he was unable “to help my team” but sent his best wishes to his teammates for the glamour match at Anfield.

Jansson did not specify the reason for his absence from Monk’s side, whether it was due to injury, illness or another explanation.

The 25-year-old centre-back has been a mainstay of the Leeds team since joining in the summer on a season-long loan from Torino.

Jansson has made 13 appearances for the Championship big hitters, all of which have been starts and with 12 of them coming in the league.

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