Rasmus Kristensen's display in Leeds win cannot be overlooked - opinion
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Rasmus Kristensen's display in Leeds win cannot be overlooked - opinion

One of the major disappointments in the opening weeks of this season was the form of Rasmus Kristensen following the right-back’s summer move from Red Bull Salzburg.

Kristensen looked like a player fans would take to quickly. He absolutely loves defending. But he arrived off the back of a campaign in Austria in which he had scored 10 goals also.

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However, the Dane took longer than expected to adapt to the Premier League. The warning signs were there five minutes into the season, with Pedro Neto outmuscling him in the build-up to Wolves’ goal at Elland Road.

And it took some time to improve. We saw nothing like enough from Kristensen going forward. And there have been a few goals we have conceded where the finger of blame could arguably be most strongly pointed at the defender.

Rasmus Kristensen produces best display yet in a Leeds shirt

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Defender’s Anfield display cannot go under the radar

However, Kristensen has really started to step up in recent weeks. He was ‘outstanding‘ up against Wilfried Zaha in the defeat to Crystal Palace. And he kept Gabriel Martinelli extremely quiet in the loss to Arsenal.

Nevertheless, he lost his place to Luke Ayling for the home game against Fulham. But he was back for the trip to Liverpool.

And actually, the 25-year-old was quietly brilliant against the Reds.

Of course, the likes of Illan Meslier, Crysencio Summerville and Tyler Adams have taken many of the headlines. Brenden Aaronson meanwhile, gave Liverpool’s players a torrid evening.

But Kristensen’s performance cannot go under the radar.

He produced the stunning cross that resulted in Aaronson hitting the bar during the first-half. And there was one brilliant challenge just as Mohamed Salah broke away from Liam Cooper and looked to be destined to be one-on-one with Meslier.

Unsurprisingly, Kristensen got up and celebrated as if he had just found the back of the net.

In truth, the challenge was probably just as important as if he had indeed scored.

With Pascal Struijk focusing on defending on the opposite flank, Kristensen probably had more freedom. And he took the opportunity superbly.

There still needs to be more to come from Kristensen. It was not too long ago that he produced a poor display at Leicester. Albeit, he was by far the best defender on show for Leeds that night.

But the trajectory is now so encouraging after a difficult start. That performance at Anfield will hopefully prove to be a massive moment in Kristensen’s Leeds career.

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