Patrick Bamford has shared on The Official Leeds United podcast what he was hearing Fabinho tell the Liverpool defence at Elland Road on Monday as Leeds started to come back into the game.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side came from behind to earn a point on a surreal night in Yorkshire. Leeds had initially gone behind due to Sadio Mane’s goal in the first-half.
It did seem that the Reds had the better of the game before the break. But the Whites were much better in the second-half.
Bamford hit the bar. And Alisson was required to make big saves from both Tyler Roberts and Jack Harrison as Leeds chased an equaliser.
The goal did come for the home side eventually. Diego Llorente headed home from a late corner to ensure that Leeds extended their recent unbeaten run.
And Bamford suggested that the Whites could sense that Jurgen Klopp’s side were struggling to match Bielsa’s men for energy as the game went on as he disclosed what Fabinho was telling his teammates.
“Fabinho was saying to the rest of the back four a lot: ‘we’re too deep, we’re too deep, we need to get up, we need to get up’,” he told The Official Leeds United podcast.
“And when a team starts dropping off, you know it’s because they’re too tired to keep getting up and dropping and getting up.
“He was saying it all the time, but it wasn’t changing anything, they were just getting deeper and deeper.”
It is probably fair to say that Leeds did start to look a little weary towards the end of the contest also. But the equaliser gave them the momentum to put one last push together towards going for a winner.
And it did seem that Bielsa’s men were the more likely to score a third goal if it was going to happen.
Liverpool would have needed no reminding of how dangerous Leeds can be in the latter stages of games.
Bielsa’s men, of course, scored a stoppage-time winner to beat Manchester City in their previous fixture. And they managed that despite playing more than 45 minutes with 10 men on the field.