Jurgen Klopp reserves special praise for key Leeds United man ahead of Liverpool meeting

Jurgen Klopp picked out striker Patrick Bamford for special praise ahead of Liverpool's meeting with Leeds United.

Sunday, 18th April 2021, 6:00 am

The Reds travel to face Marcelo Bielsa's men on Monday night in Premier League action.

Bamford - who notched his first top flight goal of the campaign at Anfield on the opening day - has bagged 14 goals in 31 league appearances this term.

The 27-year-old has been in stunning form for the Whites as the club's number nine after stepping up into England's first division.

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Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford. Pic: Getty

Questions were asked following last summer's promotion from the Championship over whether Bamford had the ability to find the back of the net in the Premier League on a regular basis.

Klopp admits he took notice of the discussion and says he is pleased United's leading marksman has proved his doubters wrong.

“He is a top player,” Klopp said of Bamford ahead of kick-off.

“I remember before the season I heard people say that Leeds need a proper goalscorer and that Bamford was not good enough, so I am happy he could prove them all wrong.

“He’s an exceptional player. The work-rate is outstanding and he is playing the football he plays on top and scoring goals. That’s rare.

"They have a lot of interesting players but Bamford, I’m really happy for him.”