Trent Alexander-Arnold shares what he found unusual about Leeds United
Trent Alexander-Arnold has admitted to Liverpool’s official website that he does find Leeds United an unusual side.
A different approach
Liverpool ran out 3-0 winners over Leeds at Elland Road on Sunday, as they stormed to a comprehensive victory.
The game was marred by Harvey Elliott’s injury though, with Pascal Struijk sent off for his tackle.
At that time Leeds were already 2-0 down and, with a numerical disadvantage, many teams may have decided to sit back and limit the damage.
That is not how Leeds play though, with Marcelo Bielsa continuing to throw men forward and even bringing on Dan James to try and find a route back into the match.
The tactic was ultimately unsuccessful as Liverpool extended their lead through a late Sadio Mane goal.
But Alexander-Arnold admitted that he did find Leeds’ tactics very different.
He said: “We could have been a lot more clinical, put the game to bed earlier and really probably scored a lot more goals.
“But you never turn your nose up at a 3-0 win at Elland Road – a clean sheet, three goals and three points.
“They are unorthodox and they stick to what they know. Even when they’re down to 10 men, they’re still playing the same way that they have. It’s not sitting behind the ball and defending, it’s front-footed, chasing around the pitch and wanting to be aggressive.”
First win needed
Leeds’ style won them a huge number of admirers last year, in their first season back in the top flight.
Bielsa’s side haven’t started this season quite as successfully though, as they continue to search for their first win.
It must be said Leeds have faced some tough games, but they will be hoping that their first three point haul comes sooner rather than later.
The Whites are next in action on Friday, when they take on Newcastle United at St. James’ Park.