By Harvey Byrne

Robbie Keane has stated he believes that manager Garry Monk is “doing a great job” in charge of Leeds.

The former Elland Road hitman has claim that the club deserves to be in the Premier League, as they occupy fifth place in the Championship table.

Monk, 37, took over the reins from Steve Evans in the summer and has lead the team to 11 victories, four draws and seven losses in 22 fixtures.

Now 36-year-old Keane has hailed the senior figure, as Leeds look to end their 12-year wait for top flight football.

“Leeds hopefully seem to be a bit more stable under Garry Monk, who I think is doing a great job,” said Keane to the Press Association Sport, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“It is a club that deserves to be in the Premier League with the following they have.”

Keane, who is currently without a club, played in 52 fixtures for Leeds, scoring 15 goals between 2001 and 2002.

He also spent half a season at Liverpool, who Leeds are set to face at Anfield on Tuesday evening, but will have less happy memories of his time at the Premier League giant.

The Yorkshire giants will put their league campaign to one side for the EFL Cup with a place in the semi-finals available to the winners of the tie.

Leeds last played at Anfield in 2003, which saw goals from Michael Owen, Danny Murphy, Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Alan Smith in a Liverpool 3-1 victory.

The Reds are also in impressive form in the Premier League and they sit second in the league table, a point behind leaders Chelsea.

In other Leeds news, here is the expected Whites team to face Liverpool.