Alan Shearer had criticism for one Leeds player despite big win over Liverpool
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Alan Shearer had criticism for one Leeds player despite big win over Liverpool

Alan Shearer told Match of the Day on Saturday that Leeds star Patrick Bamford had a big chance to score after coming off the bench against Liverpool, but his first touch was “terrible”. Leeds secured a late 2-1 win at Anfield.

A late winner from Crysencio Summerville saw Liverpool suffer a shock defeat. The win might have just saved Jesse Marsch’s future at Elland Road, at least until after the World Cup. Leeds have gone from 18th place, to 15th place.

Bamford came on to the field with the scoreline reading 1-1. Replacing Rodrigo after his sixth goal in 11 Premier League games, Bamford had the chance to make it 2-1 – after neat play from Brenden Aaronson and Summerville.

But the England international was rusty. Attempting to take his first touch with his left foot, when he should have used his right, saw the ball escape his control and the chance was gone. It should really have been a Leeds goal.

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“He needs a better touch there, it is a terrible touch from Bamford. That should be a tough, and an effort away at goal. All they needed was a better touch, and they’re in again,” Shearer told Match of the Day on Saturday evening.

Shearer says Leeds star Bamford first touch was terrible at Anfield

It was a really poor touch, at a really crucial moment in the game. Had Leeds drawn 1-1, or even gone on to lose the match, fans would have been looking back at Bamford’s chance. Is it a sign that Bamford is not the player he was?

Since coming back from injury, he has remained rusty. Against Arsenal, his missed chances saw Leeds lose 1-0. Perhaps, the £10million Leeds signing just needs his first goal and then it will springboard our no.9 into form.

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