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Radebe Hopes Leeds Stay Up Despite Crushing Loss to Liverpool

Legendary South African international Lucas Radebe is crossing his fingers that his beloved club Leeds United survive the relegation fight this season in the English Premier League.

Leeds are flirting with danger in their second campaign this season, lying 16th in the standings with 29 points after 31 matches.

They were crushed 6- 1 by Liverpool at Elland Road last week Monday, just days after they were defeated 5-1 by Crystal Palace, and lost 2-1 to Fulham this weekend.

With these losses, Leeds’ goal difference has taken a huge hammering thanks to the first occasion they have conceded five or more goals in successive games in their history.    

Despite their worst spell in the top flight, Radebe, who is well respected at Leeds having spent 11 years at Elland Road, is confident that Javi Gracia’s side will survive.

“I’m confident that we will be fine,” Radebe told iDiski Times.

“Yes, I know we are in a difficult position, especially this time of the season, it’s difficult. Once you get to that position [relegation zone], it’s like everyone is on top of their game, even if sometimes you feel that you are playing well and you are getting the results.

“But I believe that we have the quality that can make us survive.”

While Leeds was crushed at home by Liverpool, they are also the only team to have defeated Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield this season.    

However, Leeds was up against it with Liverpool as they have not defeated 19 league winners at Elland Road since November 2000.

On that occasion, under David Leary, that game would be remembered when Australian striker Mark Viduka scored four goals past former Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper Sander Westerveld to win 4-3.

With Gracia now in charge, who replaced Jesse March recently, the Spaniard has struggled to get things going, winning only three matches for the West Yorkshire club in 10 in charge.

A fight back is needed, with upcoming fixtures against Leicester and Bournemouth potentially key to their fate.

“These are winnable games,” said Radebe, who was part of Leeds side that finished third in the 1999/00 season to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

“This is a huge club, it’s massive. They have a rich history and this is a club that each team in the EPL look forward to playing against at Elland Road.

“This club needs to settle in the Premier League and once that settling in is consistent, we need to sustain it with results and that is when we can now say we can go to Arsenal and get the results.”      

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.