Jurgen Klopp and Trent Alexander-Arnold have already shown Newcastle how to deal with Bielsa's Leeds

By Andrew Hankinson

Trent Alexander-Arnold has revealed Klopp’s winning tactics against Leeds as Newcastle prepare to play the Yorkshire side this Friday.

Liverpool full-back Alexander-Arnold got an assist yesterday in Liverpool's 3-0 demolition of Leeds in front of a feisty Elland Road crowd. The goals came from Mohamed Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mané.

Leeds will now be seeking to regain some pride when they visit St James' Park on Friday, and with Newcastle having started the season with a 4-2, 2-0 and 4-1 defeat in the league, and the only point coming from a 2-2 draw at home to Southampton, Steve Bruce may want to consider how Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool managed to get their three points.

Speaking on Match of the Day 2 last night, Alexander-Arnold explained: “The main message we got from the manager was it’s easy when you’re playing a man-marking team to get into the mindset of becoming man-marking yourself.

"We didn’t want to be fixed and allow them to fix us in positions.

“We wanted our fullbacks to be high pressing their fullbacks, and our wingers pressing their centre-halves, and being aggressive, win the ball high up and not get sucked into what they wanted us to do.

“And that was important. We won the ball high up and were able to counterattack.”

LISTEN: Lee Ryder discusses Steve Bruce at NUFC on The Everything is Black and White Podcast

He added: “The way Leeds play it can end up being a basketball game end to end. We wanted to get the ball down control the game and do what we do best.”

Whether the Newcastle players are confident enough in each other to press in a similar way on Friday is yet to be seen.

What we do know is that, with Newcastle struggling against even mid-table sides, it is a game the Magpies need to win.


What is inkl?

Important stories

See news based on value, not advertising potential. Get the latest news from around the world.

Trusted newsrooms

We bring you reliable news from the world’s most experienced journalists in the most trusted newsrooms.

Ad-free reading

Read without interruptions, distractions or intrusions of privacy.