Liverpool 2-0 Leeds: Divock Origi fires while Ovie Ejaria and Lucas Leiva stumble

Liverpool had to really fight for their 2-0 win over Leeds United in the quarter-final of the EFL Cup and several players stood out in the victory.

Leeds United's English striker Kemar Roofe (C) vies with Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva (L) and Liverpool's English midfielder Trent Alexander-Arnold during the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 29, 2016. / AFP / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Divock Origi sent the Reds on their way to the semi-finals, while two Liverpool men disappointed.

Here we pick out the hits and misses from the game as one Leeds player impresses despite coming out on the losing end.

Divock Origi had been pretty woeful for Liverpool before he popped up to score a 76th minute goal.

The Belgian struggled to stamp his authority on the game, but just as he did against Sunderland he soldiered on and eventually took advantage of his one good chance.

Liverpool need a goalscorer in a period where they will be missing Philippe Coutinho and the striker proved once again he is up to the task.

He then brilliantly to set up academy graduate Ben Woodburn by picking out Georginio Wijnaldum after an excellent one-two with Sadio Mane.

Not sure how many times we need to write this before Jurgen Kloop takes notice: Lucas Leiva is not a centre-back.

Letting the ball bounce in the box, leaving your defence exposed after a failed attempt to steal in front of an attacker…

Lucas has not even mastered the basics of defending and should not be trusted to marshal the heart of what is an already fragile Liverpool defence.

The Leeds winger was a threat all night for Liverpool and was inches away from giving his side the lead.

His right footed strike smashed against the post and he then drew a great save from Simon Mignolet.

Kemar Roofe was the danger man for Leeds and should have had his efforts rewarded with a goal.

It wasn’t the best night for the 19-year-old who struggled to make an impact in the final third.

Ovie Ejaria did find himself close to goal and had several opportunities in the opening half to play in a teammate, but he failed to make the right decision.

His passing did not improve in the second period as he was guilty of some wayward punts.

Decision making will come with experience, but on a big occasion for the youngster, he failed to grasp the opportunity.



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