Garry Monk gives verdict on Leeds mouthwatering showdown against Liverpool

By Alex Stevens

Garry Monk has admitted Leeds’ League Cup quarter-final showdown against Liverpool is a “big game” but insisted his players have four mega matches beforehand.

Leeds will visit Liverpool for the first time in a competitive game since 2003 with the Elland Road club bidding to end a 20-year wait for an appearance in the League Cup’s semi-finals.

The clash with Jurgen Klopp’s side – currently joint top of the Premier League – is United’s reward for their dramatic win over Norwich City in the fourth round on Tuesday.

The tie will take place in the week beginning November 28, in between Championship games against Rotherham United and Aston Villa. Liverpool reached the last eight with a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Leeds manager Garry Monk had hoped for a home tie following his side’s penalty shoot-out victory against Norwich but despite the attention on Wednesday’s draw and the euphoria of Tuesday evening, he stressed the need for his squad to turn their attention quickly to Saturday’s league clash with Burton Albion.

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Asked about the Liverpool clash on Thursday afternoon, Monk said, as quoted by the personal Twitter account of Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Lee Sobot, “We have to be honest, I’m really not focused on it.

“It will be a big game when it comes around but we have four league games before then, my focus is on Burton.”

The eight changes made by Monk ultimately paid off as Leeds recovered from a poor first half to dominate Norwich and secure a deserved place in the last eight.

The shootout victory for Leeds builds on the progress they have made in the Championship, where they are place in 10th and are now just three points adrift of the play-off positions.

In other Leeds team news, their midfielder has revealed that he held talks with Monk.