Jamie Carragher offers Marcelo Bielsa verdict and tries out Leeds boss’ seat

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher was looking forward to seeing Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United in the Premier League.

The Whites made their first appearance back in the top flight since 2004 as they visited the reigning champions at Anfield.

Carragher made himself comfy on Bielsa’s famous bucket seat, which goes to every game, having praised the impact the Argentine has had at Elland Road.

"I can't wait to see his Leeds team, I don't think he'll take a backwards step," Carragher told Sky Sports News.

“We saw highlights last season, where they won the Championship, and I always remember the performance against Arsenal in the FA Cup.

"I think it will be a tough game for Liverpool. They played Norwich City last season, who were the champions of the Championship as the first game, and it will be the same again today.

“I expect it to be a completing different game and a much more difficult proposition for Liverpool.

"I think it's more imperative for Liverpool to get off to a better start today.

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"Nobody is expecting Leeds to challenge the top-six, I think Bielsa will want more than just staying up but there's plenty of time for Leeds over the 38 games to get the points that they need."

Jurgen Klopp guided Liverpool to their maiden Prem crown last season but knew taking on Leeds was not going to be easy.

Ahead of the clash, he said: "I admire him [Bielsa], but I was never close enough to him to really follow up.

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"I've watched his teams playing and that's pretty exceptional. The rest I got from newspapers and the rest.

"We have a different approach. There are similarities but there are big differences as well. I like him, without knowing him, as a proper character.

“Maybe the hardest working of all of us. I don't think we can compete with him in that area."

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