Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch has told Thursday’s press conference – as per the club’s YouTube – that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is “relentless” and praised the German gaffer for his “commitment”, ahead of Saturday’s clash.
It looks a foregone conclusion at this stage. Leeds are in the relegation zone after two points from a possible 24. Liverpool lost to Nottingham Forest last time out in the league, but they smashed Ajax on Wednesday night in Holland.
Mo Salah scored, as did Harvey Elliott and Darwin Nunez. So, Liverpool will be in buoyant mood when they welcome a struggling Leeds. Marsch says his side could be without Luis Sinisterra, Liam Cooper, Rodrigo, Tyler Adams and Joffy.
Not good news. Especially, with Marsch’s job on the line. A big loss to Liverpool and there is a chance the patient and understanding Leeds board could change their minds. Marsch underlined the challenge, with praise for Klopp.
“I’ve gotten to know Jurgen Klopp a little bit over the years, he’s relentless in his commitment to make his team better and the way he does things. Liverpool have been one of the best teams in the world over the last four or five years.
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“They understand what the demands are, they have a lot of injuries – and their backs have been against the wall. We know they have the quality they have,” Marsch told his press conference on Thursday, ahead of our clash at Anfield.
Leeds manager Marsch: Liverpool boss Klopp is relentless
Do Leeds have a chance? Well, Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest could give Leeds hope. But that was at the City Ground. Leeds will have to get a result at Anfield. Liverpool have been in struggling form this season.
But not at home. Of eight games at Anfield, Liverpool have won six times, drawing twice against Brighton and Palace. What will be crucial, is getting the first goal. If Leeds can nullify Liverpool enough to worry the fans, we have a chance.
That is much easier said than done, and honestly, it is hard to see Illan Meslier managing only his third clean sheet of the season. But as long as Marsch sees an improved performance, he will surely get the game against Bournemouth.