Leeds United will be taken deadly seriously by Liverpool when thy visit Anfield for their first Premier League game in 16 years.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team travel from Yorkshire to Merseyside on Saturday for their crunch clash (5.30pm).
Leeds have invested in their team this summer to strengthen their hopes of not only avoiding the drop back into the Championship but establishing themselves as a formidable unit the Premier League once again.
Spain international Rodrigo joined for a club-record fee from Valencia and will provide Patrick Bamford with competition for a place up front.
And Leeds’ high-intensity approach became renowned under Bielsa over the past two seasons.
Liverpool have a similar style under Klopp in their bid to quickly close down opponents and pressure them on the ball high up the pitch.
It will be fascinating to see exactly where Leeds are at as they prepare to take on the Premier League champions.
And Reds boss Klopp has done his homework ahead of their opener this weekend.
Speaking after the Reds annihilated League One Blackpool in a friendly on Saturday, Klopp said: “We have to make sure we now get ready for the first game against Leeds because that will be a really tough one.
“Leeds have a specific style of play, man-marking over the whole pitch and makes it proper intense.
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“We have to be ready for that, but we have a few days.
“Hopefully, all the other boys now stay healthy in the international games, then they come back and we have three days to work together on that.”
Liverpool started off slowly against Blackpool, falling two goals behind in the first half, going in at the break 2-1 down.
But Klopp made a host of changes as he gave first-team stars more valuable minutes ahead of the Premier League’s swift return following last season’s disrupted campaign due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Reds eventually won 7-2, and reflecting on his team’s performance as well as their first-half errors, Klopp added: “Yeah, it was because of a lack of aggression from our side, a lack of desire a little bit for this game – that’s how it is, playing around.
“The goals we conceded, yeah, that’s mistakes – it’s typical for pre-season games. But so far I think we conceded pretty much all the goals in similar situations; losing the ball in the build-up, then it’s a counter-attack, it’s a free chance pretty much.
“We know that and it’s clear we cannot do it like this. We have to improve that.
“But we have another week to get the legs fresher, again an intense week. We have to use the weeks, we cannot change that.”
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