Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has waxed lyrical over Patrick Bamford as he praised the Leeds striker for proving his critics wrong this season.
The 27-year-old faced a number of questions over his ability to lead the line for Leeds in the Premier League following their promotion from the Championship last year.
However, Bamford has responded to his doubters with an impressive haul of 14 goals and seven assists in 31 top-flight games this campaign, including a goal in his side’s thrilling 4-3 defeat to Liverpool on the opening weekend of the season.
Speaking ahead of the Reds’ clash against Leeds at Elland Road on Monday night, Klopp revealed his delight at Bamford silencing his critics and labelled him an ‘exceptional’ talent.
‘Top player, Bamford,’ Klopp said on Saturday.
‘I can remember before the season I heard on talkSPORT that people said, “Leeds need a proper goalscorer, Bamford is not good enough”.
‘I’m so happy that he could prove them wrong, he’s an exceptional player, perfect.
‘The work rate is outstanding and still playing the football he plays on top of that and scoring goals, that’s rare.
‘They have a lot of interesting players but Bamford I’m happy for him, don’t know him obviously but it’s a nice career, a little bit later than others but still very impressive.’
Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from their Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid in midweek, with the race for the top four now their sole concern for the rest of the season.
Klopp’s side are currently in sixth in the table with seven games left to play, while their opponents Leeds occupy 10th.
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