Daniel James can make real Marcelo Bielsa’s dreams of upstaging Liverpool | Louise Taylor


Louise Taylor

Manager banking on his £66m investment in wide players to give Leeds a statement victory over Jürgen Klopp’s side

Imagine a procession of supermodels sashaying down a catwalk. One has been described as “capturing the essence of Leeds United” and is instantly identifiable. The artfully messed-up hair and the barely-there makeup scream “natural beauty” but, having taken ages to perfect, seem strangely emblematic of Marcelo Bielsa’s apparently spontaneous yet supremely well-rehearsed team.

When Leeds kick off against Liverpool at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon and Bielsa’s players begin interchanging positions with bewitching, sometimes bewildering, kaleidoscopic rapidity it will be easy to assume they are passing and moving off the cuff. Junior Firpo knows different. The £13m left-back, signed from Barcelona this summer, has recently revealed his game was subjected to more detailed video analysis inside his first fortnight in West Yorkshire than during an entire two-year stay at the Camp Nou.

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