Kemar Roofe explains how Leeds felt after conceding late opener against Liverpool; suggests key difference between two sides

Leeds' Marco Silvestri looks dejected after Liverpool's Divock Origi scores their first goal

Leeds United were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Liverpool at Anfield, but only after a spirited display against the Premier League giants.

Leeds United star Kemar Roofe has told BBC Radio Leeds that the squad were still hopeful about their chances of progressing to the EFL Cup semi-finals, even after Divock Origi had given Liverpool a late lead.

Garry Monk's men put up a brave fight at Anfield and created several excellent chances for themselves throughout the game, with Roofe - who was arguably Leeds' best player - coming closest as his strike from outside the box hit the post and somehow stayed out.

Leeds' Kemar Roofe reacts after hitting the postLeeds' Kemar Roofe reacts after hitting the post

However, it was the Premier League side that took advantage as Leeds began to tire as Origi scored from close range after a brilliant cross with 15 minutes to go, before Ben Woodburn put the game beyond doubt with his first career goal.

Despite the Reds' goals coming in quick succession, Roofe was adamant that the Whites still believed after the Belgian's opener that the game was there for the taking.

"Even when we went a goal down, we still [had] the confidence to keep going," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring their first goal with Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-ArnoldLiverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring the opener

"We still created chances and we just couldn't take them."

As Roofe alluded to, the main difference between the two teams on the night was the fact that the Championship side simply could not take their chances. And the 23-year-old commented further on the gulf between the two clubs.

"I think the difference is probably composure and the final decision," he added.

"They showed their quality and managed to get the two goals. We lacked it just slightly, but it's another lesson. At the end of the day, they are the top team. They're one of the favourites to win the Premier League so it's unlucky."

Leeds' Marco Silvestri looks dejected after Liverpool's Divock Origi scores their first goalLeeds' Marco Silvestri looks dejected after Liverpool's Divock Origi breaks the deadlock

While the finishing perhaps let the side down, Leeds can take a tremendous amount of confidence from the way that they played.

Though the Reds did not have their strongest side out, they still pushed them and threatened on several occasions to cause a major upset.

And if they continue to play that way in the second tier, it may not be too long before the two teams are playing each other on a regular basis.

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