By Will Butcher
Jurgen Klopp has labelled manager Garry Monk as a “very promising” manager ahead of Liverpool’s League Cup tie against Leeds.
Monk, 37, has guided the Yorkshire giants to eight wins in their last 11 Championship fixtures, as well as orchestrating a cup run to the quarter finals of the League Cup.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday night’s showdown, Klopp spoke highly of the former Swansea boss as they prepare to go head to head at Anfield.
“I think he is a very, very promising young manager,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website. “I’m happy for him that it works out like this, because the first time we played Swansea he was still manager and they did well.
“I felt it was unlucky that he couldn’t go through in his club. When I heard Leeds had made a decision, I thought that’s quite a good idea and so I’m really happy for him and I hope it works out.”
Leeds come into the game in high spirits after securing a 2-1 victory against Yorkshire rivals Rotherham on Saturday, which took them into fifth place in the Championship.
However, as a manager, Monk has lost all five encounters against the Merseyside giants during his time at Swansea City.
Klopp will be wit out a number of first-team stars including Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana, while Roberto Firmino is a major doubt.
A semi-final place and a trip to Wembley is at stake for both sides, in what will be Monk’s toughest test as Leeds manager.
Liverpool climbed into second position in the Premier League after beating Sunderland 2-0 at Anfield on Saturday.
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