Jurgen Klopp aimed a cheeky dig at Marcelo Bielsa by claiming he hasn’t seen any “suspicious people” around the club’s training ground ahead of Liverpool vs. Leeds United.
Liverpool begin the defence of their Premier League title against newly-promoted Leeds on Saturday.
The German boss has expressed his admiration for his Argentine counterpart ahead of the Anfield clash.
But he couldn’t resist a hilarious dig as he poked fun at Bielsa over the infamous ‘spygate’ incident that sent shockwaves through the Championship 18 months ago.
Speaking at a virtual press conference, he said: “I admire him but I was never close enough to really [speak].
“His teams are exceptional. I analysed some games and looked at it. Different approach.
“I like him without knowing him as a proper character. Hardest working of all of us maybe.”
Klopp on Bielsa: "I admire him. His teams are exceptional. He may well be the hardest working manager. We've seen no suspicious people around our training ground this week!"— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) September 11, 2020
Klopp joked: “I remember the analysis around the Derby game, it was so much. I am not sure we have as much. We haven’t seen any suspicious people around our training ground this week!
“He really pushes [his ideas] through and he is a success.”
Leeds head to Anfield for a league match for the first time since 2003 and Klopp expects the visitors to be “well drilled” and “organised”.
He added: “Leeds won’t open up and be naive.
“They are well drilled and the things they do are absolutely brilliant. They are really good organised but they will face challenges.
“The Premier League is different to the Championship, but they will do well in the Premier League, 100 per cent.
“If we are not ready for intensity then we have a problem. They are fresh and will be charged.
“But we will be as well, so let’s give it a go.”