Leeds United were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Liverpool last night.
Leeds were unable to pull off a shock victory at Anfield, but their performance in the fixture earned them a lot of praise.
The Whites managed to match Liverpool for much of the game, and they were highly unlucky to be defeated.
Leeds almost took the lead when Kemar Roofe’s effort hit the post, and they created plenty of other opportunities to score.
However, Liverpool made Leeds pay for not taking their chances when Divock Origi found the back of the net in the 76th minute.
Ben Woodburn then added a second in the closing stages to seal Liverpool’s victory, but Monk was very proud of his Leeds team.
"A defeat is a defeat," Monk said. "The standards that we have here, we take it very seriously. We are not happy with that result so we take that on the chin, but there are so many positives.
"I have a very young group. A lot of them will have never experienced Anfield and that quality of opposition.
"I just said to them if they keep that quality we showed tonight, that spirit as a group, we can achieve success."
Leeds are still in excellent form, despite their defeat to Liverpool, with optimism rising at Elland Road.
Leeds are currently in fifth place in the Championship table, with their next match coming against Aston Villa at the weekend.