Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp assesses expectations from Leeds United ahead of Premier League opener

JURGEN Klopp feels his Liverpool side are in for a "proper intense" Premier League curtain raiser against Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United side.

Monday, 7th September 2020, 11:23 am

Klopp's defending Premier League champions concluded their pre-season friendlies with Saturday's bizarre 7-2 win at home to Blackpool who raced into a 2-0 lead as CJ Hamilton's opener was followed by a Jerry Yates penalty.

Liverpool, though, came roaring back with League One side Blackpool ultimately blitzed as Joel Matip, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Harvey Elliott, Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi and Sepp van den Berg all netted a goal apiece.

The victory came on the back of the previous weekend's Community Shield loss on penalties against Arsenal after a 1-1 draw with Klopp's Reds having earlier taken in friendlies against Red Bull Salzburg and VFB Stuttgart - both in Vienna.

Sign up to our Leeds United newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

RESPECT: For Leeds United from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, pictured above, overlooking his side's final pre-season friendly against Blackpool. Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images.

After a 3-0 victory against Stuttgart, Liverpool warmed up for their Charity Shield test with a 2-2 draw against Salzburg.

Klopp says his side's pre-season has been "as good as possible" in the circumstances of the shortened break but the Reds boss is now expecting a very demanding first game of the new Premier League season against Marcelo Bielsa's newly-promoted Whites.

The two sides will lock horns at Anfield next Saturday evening in a 5.30pm kick-off live on Sky Sports.

"We have to make sure we now get ready for the first game against Leeds because that will be a really tough one," said Klopp, speaking to Liverpool's official website Liverpoolfc.com

"Leeds have a specific style of play, man-marking over the whole pitch and makes it proper intense.

"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.

"It was the best pre-season we could have had because we cannot compare and nobody will give us a different one."

Leeds has a fantastic story to tell - and the Yorkshire Evening Post has been rooted firmly at the heart of telling the stories of our city since 1890.

We believe in ourselves and hope you believe in us too. We need your support to help ensure we can continue to be at the heart of life in Leeds.

Subscribe to our website and enjoy unlimited access to local news and information online and on our app.

With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Click here to subscribe.

For more details on our newspaper subscription offers click here.

Thank you Laura Collins