Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told his press conference on Friday afternoon that Leeds United’s performances have been better than the points they have picked up this season – agreeing with claims made by Jesse Marsch.
Marsch and Klopp reunite in the dugout on Saturday evening, the first time Marsch faces Klopp as Leeds boss. But the duo have done battle in the Champions League, during Marsch’s time as Salzburg – when he had Erling Haaland.
Leeds come into the game having failed to win a single match in two months. Liverpool lost to Nottingham Forest in the Premier League last time out, but beat Ajax in the Champions League. Marsch is under enormous pressure.
Speaking on Thursday, Marsch said he was “angry” that his side’s performances have not resulted in the points he feels Leeds deserve. Klopp was asked about Leeds’ form. He agrees – he thinks Leeds deserve to have more points.
“For different reasons, I didn’t think of the general situation of the league. But I saw Leeds now, I saw the last three games and there was a massive difference between the performances they put in and the results,” Klopp said.
Klopp: Leeds performances have been better than points picked up
Leeds sit in 19th place, with just nine points from 11 Premier League matches. But they dominated against Arsenal, a side that beat Liverpool 3-2. They should have held on to a 2-0 lead against Southampton. Leeds are hard done by.
The Whites have even performed well against Everton and Villa – drawing both games. On Sunday, they were excellent against Fulham at times – but defensive lapses in concentration saw them lose 3-2 to Marco Silva’s side.
Can Leeds get a result against Liverpool at Anfield? Unlikely. Liverpool have played eight matches at Anfield this season, winning six times, drawing twice against Brighton and Palace. But if we get the first goal, who knows.