Leeds United were knocked out of the EFL Cup at the quarter-final stage as Liverpool claimed a 2-0 win.
Leeds have been in fine form this campaign as they have seen their early season poor form disappear and get replaced by a very strong few months. A number of their players have begun to step up to be counted and it has seen Garry Monk's side improve hugely. One man that has been in the ascendancy recently is Kemar Roofe, who spoke to the Yorkshire Evening Post about how he believes that the goals will come for him.
The Yorkshire side currently find themselves in fifth place in the league after a string of good results moved them into the play-off spots in the Championship. They have picked up 29 points so far, but they currently trail Brighton, who have the last automatic promotion spot, by nine points. While their aim will be to maintain their play-off spot, they will also have lingering hopes of stealing one of the automatic places.
Leeds manager Garry Monk
One man that has been able to add to Leeds' in recent weeks is Kemar Roofe. The winger has struggled to force himself into the starting lineup for much of his short spell at Elland Road, but he has bloomed of late. He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "Things just aren’t happening for me in front of goal but I’m happy with my performances. If I can keep doing this, the goals will come. I do feel really settled now.
"It takes time at a new club, especially when there are as many new faces as we had last summer. People have to get used to each other’s style and that takes time. My fitness also had to go up to Championship level as well. But I do feel I have that now.
"I feel like it’s coming together as a team now. Every performance is getting better and the results are coming. There were a lot of positives to take out of the Liverpool game, even though we lost. We gave it everything and people can see that. It was unfortunate that we ended up going out."
Leeds' Kemar Roofe shoots at goal
The upturn in form for players like Roofe is crucial for Leeds as they come into the most difficult period of the season. Roofe was in good form against Liverpool as he threatened the Red's goal on more than one occasion. In fact, he saw a fine curling effort hit the post with Simon Mignolet well beaten.
It is clear that Roofe is slowly becoming a more integral part of Monk's side and, if he can add goals to his game, then he could help to fire the Yorkshire side to promotion this term.
Leeds host Aston Villa in the evening game on Saturday as they look to continue their good run of form this term. However, they face stern opposition in the form of Steve Bruce's Aston Villa, who have shot up the table since the manager's introduction, as they now sit in 11th place with 25 points.
It is a huge game for Leeds and Roofe, with the Yorkshire side looking to claim yet another victory.
Liverpool's Oviemuno Ejaria in action with Leeds' Kemar Roofe