The home loss to Newcastle United saw the Whites enter the competitions mini-break 15th place in the league table, but they have a healthy seven point gap separating them from the relegation.
The Whites return to action in a couple of weeks, when they take on Aston Villa at Villa Park.
Meanwhile, Leeds defender Robin Koch has claimed he's getting close to reaching his peak at the club, and said: “The intensity (in the Premier League) is different, the players are stronger, physically faster.
“My opponents are more robust, so you have to be wide awake every second. As a defender, you will automatically develop both athletically and on the pitch if you play against a top team with world-class players every week.
“I was also able to develop in the game with the ball, the coach [Marcelo Bielsa] and his style of play have a great influence on this. In addition to training at Leeds United, I put in a lot of extra shifts at home to be physically fit.”
He added: “It (last month's win over Burnley) was one of my first matches at a full Elland Road and it was an extremely important win for us.
“[It was] a wonderful start to the new year. I was the happiest person in the stadium. Fighting 90 minutes with my teammates at Elland Road without any problems – that was really fun.
“I'm feeling really good again and I'm on my way back to my top level. The year 2021 was a real challenge for me. In 2022 I want to attack, present myself in the best possible way, help the team and achieve as much as possible.”
Take a look at today's biggest stories from the Premier League, as the January transfer window speculation amid the winter break continues:
1. Hammers up offer for Ekitike
West Ham United are said to have upped their offer for Reims striker Hugo Ekitike to around £20m. The in-demand starlet has been linked with a host of Premier League sides this month, including Spurs, Newcastle and Leicester City. (Team Talk)
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2. Robinson lauds Villa progress
Ex-football Paul Robinson has lauded Aston Villa's showing in the January transfer window, branding their dealings 'incredible', given that they were in the Championship a couple of seasons ago. After landing Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne, they're now chasing Juventus' Rodrigo Betancur. (Football Insider)
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3. Hornets could re-sign Young
Watford have been tipped to swoop for their former star Ashley Young, who is said to be surplus to requirements at Aston Villa. Norwich City are also said to hold an interest in the versatile veteran, who racked up 39 caps for England during his senior international career. (Team Talk)
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4. Reds keeping tabs on Dybala
Reports from Italy have linked with Liverpool and Inter with a move for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala. The Argentina international is said to be being followed "attentively" by the Reds, whose future in Turin continues to look uncertain. (TuttoMercato)
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