Leeds United

Leeds United will be led by a fired-up Patrick Bamford against Liverpool on Monday night, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 27-year-old had a point to prove after being substituted off early against Manchester City last weekend.

The 27-year-old was sacrificed in place of Pascal Struijk when Liam Cooper was sent off just before half time against City.

The striker had managed to set Stuart Dallas up for the opening goal before his withdrawal.

An injury-time winner from the Northern Ireland international secured Leeds an impressive 2-1 win at the Etihad.

Whelan admitted Bamford would be hurting after he was the one hooked following Cooper’s red card.

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However, he suggested the striker had a chance to take out his frustrations on a “very weakened” Liverpool defence on Monday.

Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “There’s always a sacrifice and generally, usually, it’s going to be a forward-thinking player.

“It was Patrick Bamford on that occasion. He will be disappointed. He’ll have let it go more to the point that we got the win. It’ll have made that pill easier to swallow.

“Look, it’s another game where people look at strikers like Patrick Bamford and they look at stats compared to Salah. It’s another one for him to go out there and prove a point.

“To go out there and impress against, I would say, a very, very weakened and inconsistent Liverpool defence.”

Bamford has netted 14 Premier League goals and contributed eight assists this season.

Meanwhile, Mo Salah has 19 strikes and three assists under his belt.

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