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Liverpool boss Klopp pays compliment to Patrick Bamford ahead of Leeds showdown

Jurgen Klopp has praised striker Patrick Bamford ahead of Liverpool’s game against his Leeds United side.

Liverpool travel to Elland Road to face a Leeds team that are sitting comfortably in mid-table.

Bamford has been a key reason for their excellent season, having scored 14 Premier League goals thus far.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Klopp described the Englishman as a “top, top player”.

The Reds boss said: “I can remember, before the season, I heard on Talksport that Leeds need a proper scorer. Bamford not good enough, stuff like this.

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“I am so happy that he could prove them wrong.

He continued: “He is 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 I am so happy for him. I don’t know him obviously, but it’s a nice career.”

Could this fuel Bamford to Liverpool rumours?

With Divock Origi set to leave Anfield this summer, many fans are demanding that Liverpool sign a top-quality striker to replace him.

Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have also taken a big step back this season, meaning that the Reds have struggled in front of goal.

It looks incredibly likely that the club will try to sign someone that can provide better competition to the current options.

So could Bamford be that man?

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As mentioned, he has 14 Premier League goals this season, the sixth most in the division. He also has seven league assists.

His underlying numbers are fantastic too. He has an xG of 14.74, while he is averaging three shots and 0.8 key passes per game.

So he is a player that can contribute goals first and foremost, but also excellent link-up play.

Combined with the work rate that Klopp mentioned, and his homegrown status, he seems like the perfect Liverpool centre-forward.

The two main issues that could prevent a swoop for Bamford are his price tag and his age.

Leeds would most likely ask for an enormous sum of money for their key man.

He is also 27, which is older than the profile of player that Liverpool usually go for.

The Merseysiders could probably get someone younger with more potential for a lot cheaper.

Nonetheless, Bamford will be a name being discussed at Kirkby this weekend, but that is due to the threat he will provide in the huge game on Monday night.

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