Marcelo Bielsa reveals admiration for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp after Premier League triumph

The Whites head coach spoke glowingly of the newly crowned Premier League champions

Friday, 26th June 2020, 11:45 am

Marcelo Bielsa has revealed his admiration for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp after the Reds clinched the Premier League title on Thursday evening.

Liverpool ended a 30-year wait for top flight success as Chelsea beat Manchester City at Stamford Bridge to confirm Klopp's men as champions.

Celebrations on Merseyside continued well into the night and Leeds United fans will be hoping for similar success in their quest for promotion from the Championship this term.

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Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp. (Getty)

Bielsa is currently eight games away from helping the Whites return to England's elite after a 16-year absence following the club's relegation from the Premier League in 2004.

The Argentine, though, was asked about Klopp's success at Anfield ahead of this weekend's crucial clash with Fulham in LS11 and admitted his admiration for the German and his outfit.

"In the last season Liverpool and Klopp were a reference for everyone in football," Bielsa said.

"Always you have teams and managers that attract you to copy them. Human beings always want to copy those who win.

"In this case there are a lot of positive things that you can observe."

United are hoping for a response ahead of this Saturday's showdown with Scott Parker's Cottagers at Elland Road.

Leeds sit second and remain seven points ahead of their third-placed counterparts after both teams suffered defeat in the opening round of games following the Championship's restart last weekend.

The Whites lost 2-0 away at Cardiff City while Fulham were beaten by West London rivals Brentford at Craven Cottage.

Liverpool also struggled to hit the ground running in their opener after they were held to a 0-0 draw in the Merseyside derby with Everton before a return to form saw them hammer Crystal Palace 4-0 in midweek.

Bielsa, though, believes you cannot read much into teams who have started slowly following the three month hiatus.

"We have examples like Liverpool [scoring goals after struggling in their first game] and we have opposite examples as well," Bielsa admitted.

"We have seen teams score a lot immediately."