Jack Harrison cost Leeds United against Liverpool on Monday night as he allowed Trent Alexander-Arnold to push too high, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Whites striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 24-year-old “switched off” in a decisive moment which “hurt” Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the 1-1 draw.
Harrison lost Alexander-Arnold in the build-up to Sadio Mane’s first-half opener at Elland Road but made amends by assisting Diego Llorente’s late equaliser.
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The winger lost the ball 23 times over the course of the 90 minutes, having returned to the starting XI in place of the injured Raphinha. (Sofascore)
Whelan heaped praise on Harrison for his efforts over the course of the season.
“If Raphinha was fit Harrison would have come in for Helder Costa, even after the win at Man City,” he told Football Insider.
“Harrison has produced for us all season. He has been brilliant.
“You know what you are going to get from Harrison and he put in some excellent deliveries over the course of the match.
“In the first half he was in and out of the game. We needed him to get on the ball more consistently.
“Liverpool’s wing-backs were allowed to push high and it cost us with Alexander-Arnold. Harrison switched off for the goal and it hurt us. He did not do his defensive duties and when you do that against a team like Liverpool, they will punish you.”