Daniel Farke: Head coach of Leeds United urges supporters to have “believers” faith in the Championship promotion campaign

Klopp’s fellow German has fielded some of the youngest starting line-ups in the division across the campaign.

“This team deserves all the trust and all the backing,” said Farke.

He added: “I totally trust and back these guys. We accept we are not the end product – we are not Real Madrid, with unbelievable experience, or Bayern Munich with being clinical.

“We are a pretty young side. We have fantastic players and I don’t want to swap any of them but, because we are not the finished product, I can’t guarantee we will always have the perfect outcome.”

Leeds started 2024 by winning nine consecutive league matches as part of a 15-game unbeaten run. But they have taken just one point out of nine since 6 April.

At 24, Joel Piroe was the oldest of Leeds’ six midfielders and forwards to start theirΒ1-0 home defeat by Blackburn Rovers last Saturday, with 18-year-old Archie Gray, 20-year-old Wilfried Gnonto and 21-year-old Georginio Rutter among his teammates.

“When I compare how many years we’ve spent in the Premier League in the last 20 years with Leicester or Southampton, you won’t label us as big favourites,” said Farke, who took over following the end of Leeds’ three-season stay in the top flight.

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