Patrick Bamford was never tempted by the idea of swapping Leeds United for Premier League rivals Liverpool having signed a new contract at Elland Road, as reported by Goal.com.
Before the confetti even settled on the streets of West Yorkshire the cynics were out in force, questioning whether Marcelo Bielsa was capable of taking the top flight by storm with Bamford as his first-choice number nine.
It’s easy to forget that after a 17-goal Premier League season, an England debut and a catalogue of outstanding finishes, the one-time Chelsea youngster had his fair share of doubters no long ago – inside Elland Road too.
When Bamford was in the middle of a familiar barren run in late 2019, calls for him to be replaced by Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah were growing fast.
Remarkably, Bamford scored fewer goals in Leeds’ final Championship season than he did during their first back in the big time – a tally of 16 in 43 starts hardly a precursor for what was to come.
These days, the perception of Bamford could hardly be more different. The new five-year deal he signed in August was greeted not with debate and division but by cheers from everyone associated with Leeds United.
Liverpool and Leeds bosses are both Patrick Bamford fans
But if there’s one man who never questioned Bamford’s ability – apart from Marcelo Bielsa, of course – it was Jurgen Klopp.
According to Goal, the Liverpool manager genuinely thought about launching an approach for the one-time MK Dons loanee in the summer transfer window.
And although Bamford must have been flattered by interest from the 2019 champions of Europe, it’s understood he never thought about joining a club where he’d have been back-up to the likes of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota.
“He’s an exceptional player,” Klopp said in April. “The work rate is outstanding and he still plays the football he plays on top of that, and scores goals. That’s rare.”