Liverpool will have to “work their socks off” if they are to get anything from their clash with Leeds United on Monday night.
That’s according to the Anfield club’s manager Jurgen Klopp, who is clearly expecting a difficult challenge when the two face off at Elland Road.
Having played out a thrilling encounter on the opening day of the season that eventually saw Liverpool claim a 4-3 win over Leeds, the two sides are set to go head to head once again on Monday evening in what will no doubt be a highly anticipated rematch.
Leeds will of course be going into the game off the back of their best result of the season, beating Manchester City 2-1 on Saturday.
Liverpool meanwhile, go into this one in the wake of their Champions League elimination at the hands of Real Madrid in midweek.
Now it seems as though Klopp is expecting another tough challenge for his side when they take on Marcelo Bielsa’s man.
Speaking after their goalless draw with Mardid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter final, Klopp told BT Sport (14/04, 10:24pm): “Monday night Leeds is the next challenge.
“Leading in all physical stats, Leeds. We have to run and work our socks off pretty much to get anything”
It is hard to argue with Klopp’s assessment of the next task facing his Liverpool side here.
Leeds will be on a huge high after that victory over City, and will now have the belief that they can beat anyone they face, if they did not already.
Indeed, the extra time that Leeds will have had to prepare will help them as well, and the intensity they play with could therefore make things hard for Liverpool after their shorter turnaround.
As a result, it does seem as though Leeds have a good chance of claiming another impressive result here, and even Klopp seems to know that.