Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Leeds United’s Mateusz Klich took his goal ‘really brilliantly’ at Anfield on Saturday.
The Poland international volleyed home Leeds’ third of the evening on Merseyside as Marcelo Bielsa’s side looked like earning an exceptional point away to the Premier League champions on their return to top-flight action after a 16-year hiatus.
But Mo Salah completed his hat-trick in the closing minutes by scoring a penalty – his second of the match – as Liverpool snatched a dramatic 4-3 victory over the West Yorkshire club.
By virtue of the fact that Klopp’s side conceded three, you could argue that the hosts weren’t at the races defensively.
And although the German manager acknowledges that at least two of his players could’ve done better in preventing Klich’s goal, he took nothing away from the FC Twente star’s finish.
Reflecting on Leeds’ third goal, Klopp told the club’s official website: “The third one, we changed Hendo I think a minute before, or not long before, so they came through. It was a throw-in, our formation was not moving and we didn’t close one gap.
“So, again, to use the situation like that you need the game plan and also the bravery of Leeds in this situation. I don’t think it was a striker if I am right, he just showed up there, got the ball and finished it off really brilliantly. We let them run, that’s true, the two midfielders could have done differently.”
Klich, a £1.5 million signing back in 2017 [Yorkshire Evening Post], could be a big player for Bielsa this season.
It’s hard to believe that former Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen barely played him during the 2017-18 campaign, and now here he is three years later, scoring away to the Premier League champions.
Despite the defeat, the Whites will have earned a lot of respect for their bravery – not least from Klopp himself – and it’s clear they’ll be a fascinating prospect in the big time.