Mark Viduka makes Marcelo Bielsa admission about his Leeds United career in rare interview

Leeds United face Liverpool this weekend and are without a win against the Reds since a certain Australian netted four in a single game at Elland Road.

Mark Viduka scored all four of the Whites’ goals in a 4-3 victory against Liverpool in 2000, which is the same scoreline both teams played out in the opening game of last season.

This time around, another 4-3 result is quite unlikely but not impossible.

Patrick Bamford emulating Viduka and scoring four on his own would be some spectacle too; no doubt he would give an awful lot to achieve such a feat.

There are elements of the current Leeds setup that Viduka could be seen to be envious of, however.

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Speaking to the Daily Mail, Viduka gave a rare interview about his career, which included a large portion spent at Elland Road.

Arguably his finest day in a Leeds shirt was that Liverpool game, one he remembers fondly, but has still critiques on.

“I didn’t play that well. Some bad touches, poor hold-up play, that stays in your mind. I had four shots that day, scored four goals. How often does that happen?” Viduka said.

The former Socceroos striker had plenty to say on his former club, including something of a post-mortem following the firesale of 2004.

“We didn’t have a clue of the financial problems, but then the likes of Woody [Jonathan Woodgate] were sold. It was a disaster. I was sent off in my last game, and that was frustration.

Mark Viduka scored all four of Leeds’ goals to help them defeat Liverpool 4-3 back in 2000. (Image: Mark Thompson /Allsport)

“The team wasn’t being run how it should be. After David O’Leary was sacked, we lost that aura. There wasn’t the same discipline.

“It wasn’t just Peter Reid, the whole club became lawless.

“If you have a squad worth millions, like ours [was], get a good coach. Someone who knows what he’s doing.

“Look at Marcelo Bielsa now. He has proved what a coach can achieve,” he finished.

Viduka is clearly impressed with the work Bielsa has done at Leeds in roughly the same period of time he himself spent representing the club.

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