Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Liverpool: Jansson returns among four changes
By Dominic Toner
Garry Monk is set to make four changes to the Leeds team that face Liverpool on Tuesday in the EFL Cup quarter-finals.
The Whites are set to bring Pontus Jansson, Marco Silvestri, Matt Grimes and Stuart Dallas into the starting XI.
Rob Green, Liam Cooper, Kemar Roofe and Souleymane Doukara are expected to be omitted from the starting line-up.
Leeds edged past the Championship’s bottom club Rotherham 2-1 on Saturday and struggled against a side that were reduced to 10 men in the first-half.
Grimes and Dallas are set to be handed their chances to impress against Premier League opposition Liverpool, while regular centre-back Jansson returns after serving his one-game suspension.
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Goalkeeper Silvestri is set to start the cup game in goal after playing in the last three rounds and will be given the opportunity to put pressure on error-prone Green, who made a costly mistake in the club’s recent 2-0 defeat against Newcastle.
Leeds manager Monk will be keen to rotate for the cup tie but will understand what a huge achievement a semi-final place would be for the club.
He is set to field his strongest defence to try stop a fluent Liverpool attack, with fan favourite Jansson restored to the side alongside Kyle Bartley, Charlie Taylor and Luke Ayling.
The pairing of Eunan O’Kane and Kalvin Phillips are set to continue in the key central midfield battlegroun and provide defensive cover, but 18-year-old Ronaldo Vieira could be a good option off the bench.
Roofe and Doukara both showed glimpses of their qualities against Rotherham, with the latter scoring the second goal, but Monk is set to hand attackers Grimes and Dallas to impress.
Hadi Sacko is set to maintain his place on the right wing and could prove a great threat on the counter attack with his skill and pace.
Leeds’ in-form striker Chris Wood is set to continue in the central striker role as he aims to build upon his tally of 12 goals in 21 appearances this season.
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