, ‘Insane’ – Leeds United, Ipswich Town highlighted as Liverpool boss Klopp hails Championship football

‘Insane’ – Leeds United, Ipswich Town highlighted as Liverpool boss Klopp hails Championship football

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has lauded Championship sides Leeds United, Leicester City, Ipswich Town and West Brom ahead of his side’s FA Cup clash with Southampton.

Liverpool are in action against Championship promotion hopefuls Southampton on Wednesday night as they look to progress to the FA Cup quarter-finals. The Saints are the third second-tier side Jurgen Klopp and co have faced this season having also battled against Leicester City and Norwich City in cup ties.

The Championship is often lauded as the best league in the world. The division is fiercely competitive from top to bottom and the constant drama and storylines unfolding make it a truly enjoyable league to watch.

And, it seems Klopp is one of the many big admirers of Championship football.

Speaking to the media (as relayed by reporter Lewis Steele) ahead of Liverpool’s tie with Southampton, the German boss lauded a number of second-tier clubs. Leeds United, Leicester City, Ipswich Town and West Brom all earned mentions from Klopp, who said:

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, ‘Insane’ – Leeds United, Ipswich Town highlighted as Liverpool boss Klopp hails Championship football

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And it’s only getting better

It seems that with every year, the Championship moves up a level. Some would argue the gap between the Premier League and second-tier is an ever-increasing one, but that’s certainly not down to the standard decreasing in the lower tier.

The likes of Leicester City and Leeds United have played a standard of football many would believe is top-flight worthy this season. With Ipswich Town running them close and Southampton having embarked on a record-breaking unbeaten run, it’s far from just the top two who have caught the eye too.

The Saints will be hoping to put in an impressive performance in a tough game against Liverpool. They’ve lost three of their last four to drop to 4th in the Championship table.

However, despite this dip in form, Klopp’s clear admiration for the standard of Championship football suggests he won’t be going easy on Russell Martin’s side as he looks to add more silverware to his cabinet in the final season of his Liverpool tenure.

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