Liverpool have work to do against Atalanta tonight who are effectively like the Leeds United of Italy in the eyes of Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds boss has described the Reds’ opponents this evening as intense and disciplined, similar to Marcelo Bielsa’s side at Elland Road.
Leeds gave Liverpool a real tough test on the opening day of the 2020/21 Premier League season.
Klopp’s men escaped with a 4-3 victory on Merseyside in a game that earned the Yorkshire outfit plenty of plaudits.
Newly-promoted Leeds have since won three of their opening seven matches back in the top flight, and Liverpool can take a lot from their game against them into tonight’s clash.
Atalanta sit second in Group D of the Champions League behind Liverpool, having thumped Midtjylland 4-0 away and drawn 2-2 at home to Ajax so far.
They are also fourth in the Serie A table, and Klopp recognises how difficult it will be for Liverpool to break them down.
"They're a good side, a really good side," Klopp told Liverpool's official website . "They had a pretty impressive race in the last few years, I would say. Super players, top coach and really difficult to play.
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"To maybe compare them with teams in England or [ones] Liverpool fans know better, it's a bit like Leeds. From an organisational point of view, it's man-marking, it's very intense. Offensively, very flexible and defensively, very disciplined. That's how it is.
"Really top players, physically strong strikers and with [Alejandro] Gomez, how can you describe him? He's a 10, he's an eight, he's everything. He's everywhere on the pitch and is the connector in this team.
"So, some interesting things. They play usually with three in the back or five in the back, all these kind of things. Good organised and high quality is always a challenge to play against."
Liverpool are yet to concede a goal in Group D, having beaten Ajax 1-0 in Holland and edged past Midtjylland 2-0 at Anfield last week.
The Reds have coped without Virgil van Dijk in recent weeks, winning their four games since.
And Klopp will be hoping for a fifth victory on the bounce, with Liverpool currently sat top of the Premier League table too off the back of respective 2-1 wins at home to Sheffield United and West Ham.
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