Leeds United news as Liverpool 'target' three Whites stars, Mateusz Klich hailed after display

By Kieran King

The Leeds United evening headlines on Wednesday, October 13.

Whites trio on Liverpool radar

Liverpool are reportedly tracking Leeds trio Kalvin Phillips, Illan Meslier and Raphinha after making a big impact in the Premier League over the last two seasons.

Phillips and Raphinha have been long-term targets, whilst a Liverpool source told Football Insider that Meslier is the third Whites regular on their transfer list.

The Reds are hugely impressed with the 21-year-old's progress since Marcelo Bielsa's side were promoted to the top-flight and he also stood out in the meeting at Elland Road in September.

Meslier is an excellent shot-stopper and is outstanding with the ball at his feet, which is a key quality for a goalkeeper in Jurgen Klopp's side.

His distribution has supposedly 'blown away' Liverpool scouts in their potential search for a new 'keeper alongside current no.1, Alisson.

Poland boss praises Klich

Paulo Sousa has praised Mateusz Klich for his impact off the bench as he helped Poland to an important 1-0 win over Albania on Tuesday night.

The Leeds midfielder set-up the only goal, crossing for PAOK's Karol Swiderski to fire the ball home from close-range as Poland moved up to second in Group I behind England.

Speaking after the game, Sousa said: "Zieliński gives us quality when building an action, he gives us something extra.

"The system that we have built in our representation is also made for it. We want him to manage our game.

"When Mateusz Klich entered, he gave us a lot of mobility and quality. We had three players in the middle and the team was playing better and better every minute."

The Haaland transfer problem for Leeds

Victor Orta has claimed that Erling Haaland type of players of the future will not be available to Leeds or their Premier League rivals under transfer rules which will damage English football.

The Elland Road director of football used the example of one of the city’s most famous sons when slamming The Football Association’s current work permit rules.

In December 2020, a plan was agreed on the entry requirements for overseas players in England post-Brexit, which included a points-based system for governing body endorsements (GBE).

Attending StatsBomb 2021, Orta was asked about whether those rules, which include a ban on any under-18s moving to England, have demonstrably affected his role.

Under the rules currently needed for a GBE, it would be impossible for an under-18 prodigy to move here and almost just as hard for an over-18 looking to move from a lesser league like Norway’s Eliteserien, where Haaland started.

“In recruitment of players, clearly, because for me it penalises the creativity,” said Orta. “We are a scouting department which likes to recruit with creativity.

“With the new GBE rules, more or less the players are in the showcase. Now it’s really difficult to discover anything in football.

“In terms of the top six in the Premier League, normally is going to the same market, but imagine in my case, with plenty of information in Spain’s second division, why a talent of 24-years-old in Spain cannot sign in England."


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