Luke Ayling opens up on 'shock' talk and Leeds United's mentality ahead of Liverpool clash

LUKE AYLING says Leeds United are keen to lose the 'shock' tag as Marcelo Bielsa's Whites seek another three points against Liverpool tonight.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 11:07 am
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 11:10 am

Leeds are seeking a fourth Premier League win in succession for the first time since 2001 and United's latest victory came against the division's champions-elect Manchester City.

Victory in last weekend's clash at City came against the odds on two fronts as Leeds were rated huge underdogs heading to the Etihad and then had to play over half of the game with ten men following captain Liam Cooper's sending off.

Leeds, though, subjected City to only a fourth league defeat of the season thanks to a Stuart Dallas brace which now has Bielsa's Whites sat in tenth place ahead of tonight's clash against last season's champions Liverpool at Elland Road.

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JUST THREE POINTS: Says Whites defender Luke Ayling, be it against Manchester City or - if Leeds United get their way - Liverpool. Photo by Rui Vieira - Pool/Getty Images.

United are once again seen as underdogs by the bookmakers but Ayling says Leeds are striving to reach a position where victories against the division's established big guns is seen as normal.

Speaking on the Official Leeds United Podcast, Ayling was asked how he was feeling after the victory at the Etihad and with sixth-placed Liverpool looming and said: "I feel good.

"I woke up on Sunday feeling good. It's one of the best I have felt after a game.

"You are still buzzing with the game and everything but it's three points and we move on to the next one.

"Of course we are all buzzing and after the game there was a great atmosphere in the dressing room but it's done now.

"We shrug that one off and we go into a massive game on Monday and try and cause another 'shock' really."

Asked about United's attitude whereby victory against City is just seen as another three points, Ayling added: "I was speaking to Stuey Dallas and he did a few press bits and then he got a call to do one at night and Stuey said 'I don't really want to do it because it sounds like we are over the moon and that it's a big cup shock and all this.'

"But at the end of the day we are two teams that are playing in the Premiership playing for three points.

"Yeah it's a great win and yeah we have done it with ten men but it's just another game and it's just three points and then we move on."

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Thank you Laura Collins