Leeds have drawn Liverpool for the third round of the League Cup in what is being touted by many as the pick of the draw.

We haven’t played the scousers since our relegation in 2004 when we held them to a 2-2 draw at Elland Road when Harry “Judas” Kewell scored their opener, before Bakke and Viduka fired Leeds into the lead. In a season where Leeds were struggling though, Liverpool equalised and the game ended 2-2.

Overall, our record against Liverpool isn’t great. We’ve met a total of 113 times with Liverpool winning just short of half them meetings with 56 wins. Leeds have beaten the reds 27 times and drawn with them 30.

The last time we actually beat Livepool was at Anfield in the 2000/01 season when we led 2-0 with first half goals from Rio “Plug” Ferdinand and Lee Bowyer. Liverpool did pull one back after half time with the ever inspiring Steven Gerrard making it 2-1, but Leeds held out to record an impressive victory at Anfield. The reverse fixture at Elland Road that season was a seven goal thriller that Leeds eventually won 4-3 with all four goals coming from Mark Viduka.

So far this season things aren’t going to plan for Liverpool. They’ve lost two of their opening four games already at the hands of Tottenham and Aston Villa. They have managed a win today away to Bolton who led 2-1 before they were reduced to ten men. Liverpool eventually ran out 3-2 winners with goals from Torres and a late winner from Steven Gerrard. Things at Elland Road meanwhile couldn’t be better. The 100% start to the season continued today as Beckford secured all three points against Colchester United.

Whether Liverpool field their strongest XI or opt for the reserves (as I suspect they will) it should be a good game at Elland Road. Being stuck in the third tier of English football doesn’t provide too many big matches, so the visit of Liverpool will be a welcomed one for the suffering Whites fans. I also expect it’ll be a welcome draw for Ken Bates as the club are sure to profit nicely from the game.

  • Dr B

    A great draw for us, should be a full house – can’t wait. Think Pool will field a strong team – they’re playing so inconsistently in the league I don’t think Rafa will let this opportunity to progress lightly…

  • Dan

    Looking forward to this, as I’ve a friend who is a Liverpool fan. It will be just nice to see Leeds playing a Premiemship club!