Is there a love story between Klopp and Bielsa?


The biggest news in football this weekend is that Leeds United are finally back in the Premier League after 16 long years of anguish in the lower leagues. The debate immediately started over whether or not it’s good from Liverpool’s perspective that Leeds are back, but we can all agree that having Marcelo Bielsa in the Premier League is entertaining.

There seems to be a bit of bromance between Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Bielsa. In June, when football in England resumed, Bielsa had this to say about Klopp & Liverpool.

“This season Liverpool and Klopp have been the benchmark for everyone in football,” he said. “You always have teams and managers who appeal to you and you want to copy them. Human beings always want to copy those who win. In this case, I saw a lot of positive things.

“We have examples like Liverpool and we also have opposite examples. We saw teams scoring a lot immediately and others who needed a game to get started.

Last December, while Liverpool were in the middle of their unprecedented Premier League streak, Leeds boss praised the Reds

“The best team is always the best team because they always understand that they can improve,” said Bielsa. “When a team stops growing, the consequence is that it gets worse. If you watch Liverpool for a long time they are neither better nor worse, they still play well.

And finally, that’s what Klopp had to say about Bielsa in January.

“Bielsa is an exceptional coach, an exceptional model,” said the Reds boss. “When I got there, I hadn’t seen 51 Derby games to be honest and he’s obviously very good and prepared. I respect him a lot, but he’s still not what it should be. I think we all agree on that.


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