Premier League Match Preview: Liverpool vs Leeds United


Premier League Champions Liverpool will hope to kick-off their title defense with a victory over newly-promoted Leeds United. Marcelo Bielsa guided Leeds to their top-flight return after an absence of 5,964 days.

Liverpool, who have scored at least three goals in every opening game under Jürgen Klopp, are unbeaten at Anfield for three successive seasons and are now four games away from equaling the club record of 63 home league games without defeat.

Reds captain Jordan Henderson is a doubt for the home tie against Leeds and might start from the bench after recently returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for the end of last season.

Leeds completed a record signing of Spanish forward Rodrigo from Valencia, alongside defender Robin Koch, and they both could make their debuts today.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United have no fresh injury woes as Kalvin Phillips will reportedly return to the squad after missing the final three games of last season due to a knee injury. However, midfielder Adam Forshaw remains out as he has been sidelined with a long-term hip injury.

Liverpool Predicted Lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Substitutes: Adrián, Karius, Kelleher, Tsimikas, Matip, Hoever, Williams, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Grujic, Jones, Shaqiri, Wilson, Elliott, Minamino, Brewster, Origi

Injuries: Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee)

Leeds United predicted lineup: Meslier, Ayling, Cooper, Koch, Dallas; Costa, Hernandez, Phillips, Klich, Harrison; Rodrigo

Substitutes: Casilla, Alioski, Douglas, Bamford, Roberts, Shackleton, Strujik, Poveda

Doubtful None

Injured: Berardi (knee), Forshaw (hip)

Match Stats

Since losing 2-1 to Leeds United in the Premier League in April 2001, Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight games against Leeds in all competitions, winning six and drawing two.

Venue: Anfield

Referee: Michael Oliver

Saturday 5.30 pm Sky Sports Premier League


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