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“We have to improve” – Javi Gracia refuses to blame VAR for Liverpool thrashing

Leeds United boss Javi Gracia believes that even though the opening goal was unfair, the team have to improve moving forward.

The Whites have conceded five or more goals in successive home games for the first time since 2008. Liverpool opened the scoring through Cody Gakpo after a controversial handball incident. Mohamed Salah doubled the Reds’ lead before half time; Luis Sinisterra pulled on back for the Whites just after the break.

But everything came crashing down when Leeds let in three goals in 20 minutes, with Darwin Nunez scoring late to end the game 6-1 to Liverpool. Javi Gracia admitted the result was “hard to accept”:

“We lost the composure during the game. we tried in the beginning. Maybe the first goal opened the game and maybe coming from handball but after this, there is nothing to say and we have to improve for the next game because we need it.

“It is something we need to work on (defensive side of the game) and try to improve. It is something we didn’t do in the previous games and now we are in the most important part of the season. We have to be more solid and defend better.

“We are playing today against a very good team. They played much better, they deserved the result and we tried but it was impossible to do it better.

“The only message is try to play better next game, try and get a better result and this way they (the fans) will be with us for the next game.

“There is only one way. Try to work hard and try to improve.”

Leeds are away to Fulham on Saturday.

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