Exclusive: Whelan delivers Leeds tactics verdict after team news whispers
Noel Whelan has urged Marcelo Bielsa to set up his Leeds United side in the same way he did last season if they are to get anything from their opening game against Liverpool.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds forward and boyhood fan said the whites can take hope from Liverpool’s form after the restart last season.
Liverpool failed to keep a clean sheet in their last six Premier League games and were held to a shock draw to Burnley and lost to Arsenal.
The last time the clubs met, Liverpool won 2-0 in the League Cup in November 2016 and in the last league meeting ended in a 2-2 draw 16 years ago.
Whelan told Football Insider: “This is probably the best time to play a Liverpool outfit. First game of the season, nobody is going to be in the groove.
“They’ve had international players away, we know how tha can effect performances at times.
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“It’s important that we’re organised, we’re disciplined and we’re brave on the ball in the right areas.
“We’ve got to understand that when we got punished last year it was when we made mistakes and that was at Championship level.
“We’ve got to stamp our authority on the game and play our way. Last year the way we played was set up for the Premier League. The way we press high and that high intensity of one touch, two touch on the ball.
“We’ve got to have belief we can get something out of the game.
“It’s very hard to predict. Liverpool at the back end of last season conceded a lot of goals and weren’t at it the way they were before that covid break.”
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