'Work our socks off': Klopp opens up about the challenge 'physical' Leeds present for Liverpool

Brian Heffernan April 15, 2021
'Work our socks off': Klopp opens up about the challenge 'physical' Leeds present for Liverpool
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has opened up about the challenge his side face when taking on Leeds, as per the Express.

Klopp’s men were knocked out by Real Madrid in the Champions League after failing to overturn a two-goal first leg deficit on Wednesday night.

After the disappointing result, Klopp spoke about having to turn his immediate attention to Leeds.

Liverpool face Marcelo Bielsa’s side on Monday night and Klopp was keen to talk them up

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Klopp on Leeds

The Liverpool manager isn’t expecting an easy time against Marcelo Bielsa’s side, and pointed out the physical nature of their style:

“We can now concentrate on the Premier League and we will.

“Monday night [against] Leeds is the next challenge; leading in all physical stats in the league are Leeds so we will have to work our socks off to get anything and that’s what we will try to prepare.”

Given the quick turnaround in fixtures for the current Premier League champions, this could favour Leeds who should be fully rested and ready to go.

There’s also the psychological effect of being knocked out of the Champions League that the Liverpool players will have to deal with.

However, losing such a big match can sometimes cause a positive reaction from a team too and Liverpool now know their only route into next season’s Champions League is via the top four.

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Who will win?

Historically, this has not been a favourable fixture for Leeds United.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have failed to win in the last six meetings between the two teams.

The best result in that time was a 2-2 draw all the way back in 2004, but there were encouraging signs for Bielsa to take from the previous meeting between the sides.

That was the 4-3 loss at Anfield on the opening weekend of the season when Leeds managed to cause all sorts of problems even with Virgil van Dijk playing.

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Brian Heffernan is head of recruitment at Horsham FC. He has also scouted for League Two and Danish clubs and worked freelance in the Russian Premier League. Brian’s work includes trialling and signing players and creating detailed opposition dossiers for first-team managers. He’s also a sports journalist specialising in football.