‘That is what football should look like’: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praises kamikaze Leeds’ style of play under innovative boss Marcelo Bielsa
- Reds boss Klopp also reserved praise for ‘exceptional’ striker Patrick Bamford
- Liverpool face Leeds after winning 4-3 in the reverse fixture on the opening day
- Three straight wins in the Premier League has reignited hopes of a top four finish
Jurgen Klopp has hailed Leeds United’s style of play under Marcelo Bielsa as ‘what football should look like’, and the Liverpool boss praised ‘exceptional’ striker Patrick Bamford for proving his doubters wrong.
Liverpool face a Leeds side on Monday who have thrilled the Premier League since their promotion with their vibrant and fearless attacking football under Bielsa.
‘That is Bielsa’s nature, that is how he has played all his life with his teams,’ said Klopp. ‘I am not surprised by it. Is it refreshing? I don’t know, but it’s good. That is what football should look like. We should try to attack as often as possible.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp (left) praised Leeds’ style of play ahead of their match on Monday
The German also reserved praise for the late development of striker Patrick Bamford (left)
‘It doesn’t mean you can do it all the time but we should try to do it as often as possible because that is the most entertaining part. To entertain people and show some courage. They show courage.’
Liverpool’s defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League now means they will end the season without a trophy but three straight league wins has reignited hopes of finishing in the top four, while Leeds head into the game on the back of a sensational 10-man victory over leaders Manchester City.
‘We have momentum, but we will see on Monday night,’ added Klopp. ‘It will be a completely different game. Leeds is the most different game in the league. If you compare teams with each other, some play this, some play that, but Leeds is really special so for that we have to be ready.
Mo Salah scored a hat-trick in a 4-3 win on the opening day in this season’s reverse fixture
‘Against City because they had 10 men they could have conceded seven, eight, nine. On another day they [City] would have score that but they didn’t. Leeds defended really well. They blocked each ball, jumped into each shot. Leeds is a really good side managed by one of the best and that helps.’
Leeds are led from the front by Bamford, who has netted 14 times this season. Only Harry Kane, Mo Salah and Bruno Fernandes have scored more in the league.
‘Bamford, what a player,’ said Klopp. ‘I can remember before the season I heard on TalkSPORT that people said Leeds needed a proper goalscorer, that Bamford wasn’t good enough.
‘I am so happy he could prove them all wrong. He’s an exceptional player. I mean, perfect. The workrate is outstanding and he is still playing the football he plays and scoring on top of that. That is rare. I don’t know him but it is a nice career. A littler later than others but still very impressive.’
Liverpool sit three points outside the Champions League places and Klopp added: ‘The way is clear, we have to win football games. We see the position we are in and see it as a positive. We need to win our games to put pressure on the other teams. That’s what we know and what we will try.
‘We have seven finals. We’ll only know in the end how many points we need to make it happen. We should not waste time or points.’
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