By Alan Hutton

4th Nov, 2021 | 6:00pm

Pundit suggests Bielsa is copying Liverpool after Leeds player reveal

Alan Hutton has suggested Marcelo Bielsa has taken inspiration from Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool with his attacking tactics at Leeds United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa defender hailed the “fluid” formation utilised by Marcelo Bielsa against Norwich City.

Jack Harrison and Dan James both appeared to operate in a centre-forward role in the 2-1 win over the Canaries, with Rodrigo Moreno dropping deep and out wide at times.

As quoted by Leeds Live (31st October), Bielsa revealed he swapped things up in attack to “find spaces” in between the Norwich defenders.

He went on to say he “had the impression James, as well as Harrison, could find passes in behind.”

Goals from Rodrigo and Raphinha sealed the win for the Whites.

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Hutton, who was at Carrow Road watching in person, admitted the new system reminded him on Liverpool’s front three.

Asked if he could see similarities between Leeds and Liverpool, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah, they try to be fluid. I think that’s what he’s looking for from his frontline.

“They try to move about and create problems for defenders. Me being a defender, that’s the most difficult thing. You want to put yourself up against a man, an opponent and say: ‘I’m going to get tight to him’.

“But if he’s constantly changing and shifting and going to the opposite side, it gets you confused. What happens here? Do I go tight to him, do I pass him on?

“That’s when the space opens up and they can play the balls through to find these guys.

“These days they’re intelligent players. They’ve got pace, they’ve got trickery and they can take this on board. They’ll run with it and hopefully, it’ll start to work.”

In other news, Bielsa has ‘burned out’ Leeds United stars after another shattering injury bulletin.