When Marcelo Bielsa was spotted watching Bradford City take on Liverpool at Valley Parade, it is safe to say that tongues were set wagging amongst Leeds United fans. That was yesterday, but it is news written about here on The72 and coming through from Football Insider today that is much clearer.
According to Football Insider, not only did Bielsa watch Liverpool beat Bradford City 3-1, he actually spoke to Reds manager Jurgen Klopp with a degree of intention. That intention, says former Whites striker Noel Whelan, was to enquire about Liverpool winger Ryan Kent.
Kent started yesterday’s game, appearing on the left-hand side of a three-pronged attack that also featured fellow youngsters Rhian Brewster and Harry Wilson. He showed flashes of that skill and technique that many say would translate easily into a Marcelo Bielsa side at Elland Road.
More specifically, Whelan said of Bielsa’s meeting with Klopp: “Bielsa was probably at Bradford looking at Ryan Kent. There’s no reason for him to go there rather than Australia unless it was beneficial for him. Ryan Kent has been spoken about before. I think Bielsa has met with Jurgen Klopp after the game. If there is interest and conversations going on it, it is worth talking with his manager.”
If this is true, then a conversation between Bielsa and his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp could very well be the push that tips Kent away from Steven Gerrard’s Rangers. The Scottish giants had the Oldham-born winger on loan last season, with the Liverpool Under-23 sensation featuring in 23 SPL games. In these 23 games, he scored six goals and added six assists.
It was a return in top-flight football that caught Rangers eye, with the talk being that they definitely wanted him back for another season. However, if Kent is what Bielsa was talking to Klopp about, then the Whites have easily stolen a march on their Scottish rivals. Actually, they’ve strode across the room and are beginning to shut the door.