Was overlooking Marcus Antonsson the most disappointing decision Leeds United made in midweek?

Marcus Antonsson of Leeds United in action with

Should Leeds have given Marcus Antonsson a chance?

Leeds United's finishing let them down in midweek in their big quarter-final clash at Anfield.

Liverpool went on to win the encounter 2-0, with Leeds spurning the best chances of the game before Divock Origi's late opener.

Leeds elected to leave top scorer Chris Wood on the bench, and while that was disappointing, it was also easy to see why Garry Monk had made the decision because of the club's big Championship clash with Aston Villa this weekend.

Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring their third goalLiverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring their third goal

Arguably an even bigger disappointment - or even mistake if you want to go that far - was leaving Marcus Antonsson on the bench too.

The summer signing was the top scorer in the Allsvenkan when he arrived in July, and has had to play much of the season as second fiddle to Wood.

Leeds United's Marcus Antonsson and Fulham's Michael Madl in actionLeeds United's Marcus Antonsson and Fulham's Michael Madl in action

He bagged a hat-trick for the under-23s eight days ahead of the Liverpool clash, having been given the extra game time due to a lack of league action, with Wood in good form and Garry Monk preferring to play just one up front.

Antonsson, 25, has three first team goals this season but just one in the league, and has started just six Championship games.

With 10 in 12 in Sweden before he signed for Leeds he evidently is a talent, who needs a run of matches to get adjusted.

Leeds United's Marcus Antonsson celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goalLeeds United's Marcus Antonsson celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal

His last start came in late October against Norwich in the previous round of the EFL Cup, when he scored, and the game against Liverpool was an opportunity missed for him to really make a name for himself.

Souleymane Doukara, who did play, didn't do terribly, but Leeds have seen before what his limitations are.

With Antonsson there is an upside waiting to be discovered, and Leeds should have taken the opportunity to try and tap into it on the big stage. A goal could have transformed his confidence for when he is needed in the Championship, rather than have him come in cold.

Blackburn's Jason Lowe and Leeds' Marcus Antonsson in actionBlackburn's Jason Lowe and Leeds' Marcus Antonsson in action

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