Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri comments on his current status

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

Silvestri has struggled for opportunities at Leeds this season.

Marco Silvestri has suggested that he understands why he has been unable to force his way into the Leeds United first-team this season, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

The Italian spent his first two campaigns at Elland Road as the Whites' largely undisputed number one, but the summer arrival of Rob Green has seen Silvestri become the team's second choice who has only got a run out during their EFL Cup games so far this term.

Leeds' Marco SilvestriLeeds' Marco Silvestri

After Leeds lost to Liverpool in midweek, the 25-year-old perhaps seems set for several weeks on the bench until the FA Cup third round in January - presuming that Garry Monk will continue to rotate his stoppers between the league and cup games - unless an injury occurs in the coming weeks.

But while Silvestri would be forgiven for being left frustrated at the prospect of several weeks on the sidelines, he appears to be very philosophical about his situation.

Leeds United's Robert GreenRobert Green has been Garry Monk's number one in the league

"For me, I don't play but the team do well so it's difficult to change when everything is good," he said, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post. "I know that.

"I'm here and I try to do everything I can when I play. When the gaffer wants me, I am ready."

Leeds' Marco Silvestri saves from Liverpool's Georginio WijnaldumLeeds' Marco Silvestri saves from Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum

In fairness, Silvestri had a real chance to stake a claim to move above Green in the pecking order at Anfield on Tuesday.

The veteran had made a big mistake during the recent defeat to Newcastle in the Championship, so Silvestri may have sensed that a brilliant performance on Merseyside may have left Monk with plenty of thinking to do.

But while he made several good saves, including one fantastic stop during the first half, he could have perhaps done better for the first goal as he appeared to be caught on his heels as the cross came in that led to Divock Origi breaking the deadlock from close range. 

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