Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp interjected during his latest press conference to express his admiration for Leeds striker Patrick Bamford.
The Englishman has flourished under Marcelo Bielsa during his side’s return to the Premier League. He has netted 14 top-flight goals and subsequently sits joint-fourth in this season’s scoring rankings. What’s more, his form has come after some largely unsuccessful spells at the top level.
Bamford, 27, joined Chelsea in 2012 but failed to break through. Instead, he signed up to a host of loan moves before deciding to seek a permanent move away in 2017.
After a season and a half at Middlesbrough, he joined Leeds but while his goalscoring talents have previously been questioned, he has come to the fore this term.
While previewing Monday’s clash with Leeds, Klopp was asked about the Whites stars who have made their names this season.
Klopp, though, interrupted the reporter to reveal that he is a keen admirer of Bamord.
“Top player, Bamford. I can remember, I’m pretty sure before the season, I heard on talkSPORT people said, ‘Leeds need a proper goalscorer, Bamford not good enough’, stuff like this,” Klopp said (via the Liverpool Echo).
“I’m so happy that he could prove them wrong. He’s an exceptional player, perfect. His work rate is outstanding and it’s still playing the football he plays on top of that and scoring goals.
“That’s rare. They have a lot of interesting players, but Bamford, I’m really happy for him.
“I don’t know him, obviously, it’s a nice career. A little bit later than others but still very impressive.”
Klopp reported no fresh injury concerns for his team following Wednesday’s Champions League exit against Real Madrid.
However, he urged his team to be more clinical after wasting several chances which could have seen them progress to the semi-finals.
Klopp urges Liverpool to ‘go for it’
“There are two things which are important – one is the performance, the other is the result,” he said.
“We won the last three Premier League games, one Champions League game we lost and one we drew.
“The one bad game in that run was the Champions League game which we lost. The rest were OK or better, so that’s what we have to keep doing.
“Play our best football and that’s the situation, we have to go for it.”