Garry Monk says Leeds must be at 'maximum' if they are to beat Liverpool

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Leeds are gearing up for their EFL Cup match against Liverpool tonight with a place in the semi-final up for grabs.

It could prove to be one of the best nights in years for Leeds and their fans as they gear up to take on Premier League side Liverpool in the EFL Cup this evening. With a place in the semi-final up for grabs, Garry Monk spoke to the Yorkshire Evening Post about needing his team to be playing at their maximum in the game.

Leeds are currently on a very impressive run of form which has seen them rise up to fifth in the Championship with 29 points. They currently hold the third play-off spot and are 11 points clear of the relegation zone. While that fact is not particularly prevalent at the moment, the fans were petrified at the start of the season due to their team's awful form.

Leeds United manager Garry MonkLeeds United manager Garry Monk

However, coach Monk knows that however well they have played this season, they must up their level to new heights if they are to compete with Liverpool. He spoke to the Yorkshire Evening Post about the last time he visited Anfield with Swansea City in 2012: "It’s a great atmosphere at Anfield and it’s a very difficult atmosphere if Liverpool are playing well. What we did was put our maximum performance on the pitch. We scored good goals and goals at crucial times".

"In a sense we have to follow those principles. We all know it’s a special place to play football and it’s good for our players to test themselves against opposition they’d like to be playing against week in, week out. The key is making sure we don’t get carried away with the fact that this is Anfield and this is a big game. Of course we respect that but we have to play our game".

Leeds manager Garry Monk talks to Pontus JanssonLeeds manager Garry Monk talks to Pontus Jansson

Leeds have been very good this season and it has led them to a very promising budding campaign. While Newcastle are perhaps the closest side to Premier League quality opposition, they are not in the same league as Liverpool, who are one of the teams tipped to battle for the title. 

It is advantageous for Leeds then that Monk has experience of playing against Liverpool at Anfield. However, he is yet to sample the atmosphere with Jurgen Klopp in charge, with the German turning the Reds into a top quality side.

Leeds will have to be on top of their game if they are to beat Liverpool, however, that still may not be enough. Regardless of this though, Monk will know that early pressure and a goal will give them a huge psychological edge in the game. If they can get the Reds to throw men forward in search of a goal, there is no telling what might happen.

Swansea City's Leon Britton (L) and Garry Monk applaud the fans at the end of the gameSwansea City's Garry Monk (right)

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