Leeds United's defensive record is a 'major concern'

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Leeds United’s defensive record is a ‘massive concern’ ahead of their Premier League clash with Liverpool this evening, according to journalist Dean Jones.

Marcelo Bielsa’s charges travel to Anfield in this midweek encounter hoping to claim their first victory in five games since they saw off West Ham United 3-2 on 16 January.

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It’s been a difficult season for Leeds so far, with several injuries to key players significantly hampering their progress.

The likes of Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper and Patrick Bamford are all currently sidelined with their respective fitness concerns, stunting the west Yorkshire outfit’s progress on the pitch.

In what was their first Premier League campaign for 16 years last term, Leeds finished in an extremely impressive ninth position, putting in several entertaining displays.

A famous victory over eventual champions Manchester City and draws against Tottenham and rivals Manchester United showcased their ability to upset the odds, but they’ve been unable to replicate that sort of form this time around.

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After 24 top-flight fixtures, the Whites have picked up just 23 points, and it’s clear to see where the majority of their problems lie.

Goalkeeper Ilan Meslier has only managed to keep three clean sheets while on league duty throughout 2021/22, conceding a whopping 50 goals, with only bottom-placed Norwich City boasting a worse defensive record.

What has Jones said about Leeds?

The half a century of strikes leaked by Leeds is only four fewer than they conceded during the entirety of last season.

It’s a problem that has seen the Elland Road outfit become dragged into a relegation battle at the foot of the table, and Jones believes it could lead to major issues.

He told GiveMeSport: “It’s a massive concern, especially as all the teams below them, I think, have a capability to put together a small run of results. And it can become so tight down there.”

Can Leeds avoid relegation?

Last season, Leeds’s poor record at the back was offset by their potent attack. They racked up 62 goals in their 38 fixtures, the joint-sixth best total in the division.

But that has not been the case in the current campaign. While Bamford registered 25 goal contributions in 2020/21, Jack Harrison chipped in with 16, adding to Raphinha’s tally of 15.

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Injury issues and a lack of form have seen Bamford and Harrison’s output drop off significantly, though, limiting them to a combined total of nine goal contributions.

Therefore, if Leeds want to secure themselves a third consecutive season in the Premier League, they’re going to have to improve at both ends of the pitch.

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