Written By Jacobs Dunga
Marcelo Bielsa is renowned for his exceptional football knowledge and how it reflects beautifully in his teams.
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Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool team travels to Elland road to take up a difficult fixture against Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United in GW4 of the premier league. Playing against Bielsa’s Leeds especially at the 40,000 seaters stadium is never an easy task and Klopp has quickly identified that by preparing his team for a tedious encounter come Sunday evening.
With limited time for preparations as the bunch of Klopp’s core players just returned from international duties. The German tactician will look to make the most of the time he has before Sunday’s evening kickoff.
“In general, Marcelo Bielsa’s style and philosophy and how they defend is different, it’s man-marking over the whole pitch. So you have to know about it,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“But we had with some players now a week’s time to prepare it and some only come back training today [Thursday] but have recovery and stuff like this. So maybe tomorrow [Friday] and hopefully Saturday we have two sessions where we can probably prepare it. But it’s special.
“Against Leeds, high intense, they go for it. They are good in possession, I think so far second or third in possession. Didn’t have the points yet they want to have but they for sure think they have a good chance against us. But they didn’t play us yet in this season.
“We are hopefully good, as good as we can, and then we are difficult to play. How always, when we are difficult to play we have a chance to win – and that’s what we try.”
Liverpool midfielder, James Milner who began his professional career with the Yorkshire club has been identified by Klopp to give them an insight of what to expect on Sunday.
“I heard about it but cannot say a lot. We have to probably ask Millie exactly how it is,” said the boss. “Millie knows it from both perspectives; not sure, maybe not. Not sure if he played there with another Premier League team. Who knows? But he can tell us how it is and he will tell us.
“We are used to a very special atmosphere obviously when we play at home. In the Premier League there are obviously some grounds with a really good atmosphere – so, if Leeds is another one, good for them and we have to deal with it.”
Leeds United could be returning in January for Huddersfield midfielder Lewis O’Brien who missed out on a move to Elland road in the just ended window due to a disagreement in upfront payment between both clubs.
Leeds failed to close a deal for the 22 year old before the transfer window shut. Terriers chairman Phil Hodgkinson recently confirmed that the club rejected a final bid of £13 million. The proposal consisted of a small fee up front with performance-based add-ons.
It has now been revealed by Football Insider that Marcelo Bielsa’s team have received encouragement in their quest to land the energetic midfielder.
An agreement will have to be reached for the player who has just a year left on his current deal with the club retaining the clause of a further year.
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