David Prutton hails 'super-human' efforts of Leeds United and Liverpool

DAVID PRUTTON says Leeds United's 'super-human' efforts over the course of the season need appreciating on a similar level to Premier Division champions-elect Liverpool's.

By Lee Sobot
Sunday, 15th March 2020, 12:32 pm

Leeds, Liverpool and every other club in the Football League will now face at least three weeks off with the entire English professional game postponed until at least Friday, April 3 because of Coronavirus.

The break comes with Championship front-runners Leeds having recovered from a run of amassing just ten points out of a possible 33 throughout the winter to register five-straight wins without conceding a goal.

Marcelo Bielsa's Whites now have a seven-point cushion in the Championship's automatic promotion spots with Leeds no bigger than 1-28 to seal a top-two finish.

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ANOTHER WIN: Mateusz Klich applauds Leeds United's travelling fans after the win at Middlesbrough. Photo by George Wood/Getty Images.

In English football's top flight, Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have also recovered from a recent sticky run of three rare defeats in four games.

After finding themselves 1-0 down at home to last weekend's Premier League visitors Bournemouth in the ninth minute, Klopp's Reds fought back to record a 2-1 victory that left them 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League with nine games left, with second-placed Manchester City having one game in hand.

The Reds then battered Wednesday night's Champions League visitors Atletico Madrid only to squander a host of chances before falling to a 3-2 defeat after extra time and 4-2 loss on aggregate.

The Reds, though, and in the tier below, also the Whites appeared very much back in business before the break intervened and former Leeds midfielder and Sky Sports presenter Prutton says Bielsa's Leeds deserve rich praise.

Reflecting on United's seven-point cushion in the top two and odds of 1-28 to seal automatic promotion, Prutton told the YEP: "I think that's testament to the way they have reacted to the questions that were asked of the team when they were faltering.

"We all knew a run like that was going to happen at some stage during the season.

"To go through the season with the intensity that Leeds play at and just turning teams over is super-human almost.

"You have seen it with Liverpool, there was a presumption that they would go unbeaten and that they would win all before them but they have had a couple of defeats and a dodgy fortnight in some competitions.

"The questions come flying out again instead of appreciating what they have done so far, the same as Leeds.

"You have got to appreciate the way Leeds have approached their football and how they have played this season.

"They are so very close to achieving what they set out to achieve so well done to them.

"Now Leeds' fans will be hoping they can get them over the line."