Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips has opened up on how he was “absolutely battered" by a Marcelo Bielsa rant over his performance in his side’s clash with Liverpool.
The Reds started their Premier League title defence with a dramatic 4-3 victory over the Whites at Anfield on the opening weekend of the season.
Mohamed Salah scored a well-taken hat-trick, as the Reds conceded the lead three times before eventually claiming a late win over the newly-promoted side.
Bielsa’s men have received plenty of praise for their performance at Anfield have certainly made their mark since returning to the top-flight following a long absence.
One of those to impress this season has been Phillips, whose fine displays saw him earn an England call-up for the most recent round of international fixtures.
And although he thought he performed well against the Reds and Denmark, he has now opened up on how Bielsa saw things differently.
“I played the game for England, and thought I had done reasonably well, and same against Liverpool, but the meeting after that he took half an hour to just absolutely batter me,” he told the Leeds That podcast.
“He just said I wasn’t good enough, the first game I was alright but the second game I didn’t look myself.
“He does it to keep you grounded, to not think ‘oh we beat top of the league last week and we are playing Leicester next week’.
“He does it to let you know you have bad games and you can always improve. That is something he does very well, doesn’t let you get too high and doesn’t let you get too low, and if you do get too low he will just keep consistent with you.”