COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Chris Wood could inspire Leeds to a shock victory against Liverpool in the EFL Cup quarter-finals.
The Whites travel to Anfield on Tuesday night for the cup tie and Garry Monk is expected to name a strong starting line-up.
Wood is set to spearhead the attack and could prove major problems for the Liverpool defence.
The 24-year-old has been in phenomenal form in front of goal this season and should continue to cause problems against the Reds.
Jurgen Klopp is likely to keep his rotation policy in place for EFL Cup, meaning Lucas Leiva and Ragnar Klavan could form the centre-back partnership.
Lucas, 29, has been transformed into a centre-back this season after being a defensive midfielder for much of his career and can be exploited in the air due to his height.
Wood has proven he has a great aerial presence and would dominate the physical battle.
The striker could look to get on the shoulder of Lucas from set-pieces and during open play, while staying away from aggressive defender Klavan.
He has also proven that he is in a rich vein of form this campaign and the Liverpool defence will be wary of him.
Wood has scored 12 goals in just 21 games across all competitions and is a crucial factor behind the club sitting fifth in the Championship table.
Leeds are likely to be starved of possession at Anfield on Tuesday night, but in Wood they have a forward that is clinical and he proved that by scoring in Saturday’s 2-1 win against Rotherham, despite having a quiet performance.
In other Leeds news, Robbie Keane has delivered his verdict on the club’s senior man.