'A problem': Sky pundit says Leeds star went to sleep against Liverpool

Brian Heffernan April 20, 2021
'A problem': Sky pundit says Leeds star went to sleep against Liverpool
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During Leeds’ clash with Liverpool last night, Sky Sports commentator Andy Hinchcliffe accused Jack Harrison of falling asleep defensively.

Diego Llorente scored in the 87th minute to rescue Marcelo Bielsa’s side, however, Hinchcliffe feels Jack Harrison could have done better in the lead up to Sadio Mane’s opening goal.

Mane tapped home after an assist from Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 31st minute.

And Hinchcliffe suggested that left-winger Harrison lost right-back Alexander-Arnold in the buildup.

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Hinchcliffe on Harrison

After Leeds United conceded in the 31st minute, the Sky Sports pundit was quick to point out why:

“We know Leeds like to go man-to-man but it only takes one mistake.

“Harrison has slightly gone to sleep.

“If Leeds’ wide-midfielders don’t track full-backs they are going to have a problem all night long.”

Harrison has been having a very good campaign so far this season in what is his first campaign in the Premier League

The Englishman has scored seven goals and also has six assists to his name, but Hinchcliffe clearly felt the 24-year-old could have done better defensively on the goal.

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The 24-year-old vs Liverpool

Harrison finished the match with a WhoScored rating of 7.5 out of 10, which is a very solid rating.

The winger also had two shots in total, but only one of them managed to hit the target.

Harrison was also busy defensively, managing to complete three tackles while tracking back for Leeds – which shows that losing Alexander-Arnold was a rare misstep on the night.

So an up and down match for the Leeds man, but at least his side managed to earn a point against the current Premier League champions and were actually good value for more.

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Brian Heffernan is head of recruitment at Horsham FC. He has also scouted for League Two and Danish clubs and worked freelance in the Russian Premier League. Brian’s work includes trialling and signing players and creating detailed opposition dossiers for first-team managers. He’s also a sports journalist specialising in football.