Preview: Leeds United vs Liverpool – prediction, team news, lineups
Leeds United will be looking to record their first win of the 2021-22 Premier League season when they host Liverpool at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon for a delightful encounter.
The Whites are currently in 15th position in the table with two points from their three games, while Liverpool are off to a good start, adding seven points from their first three meetings to occupy the fifth position.
Leeds were so impressive on their return to the top flight last season, picking up 59 points from 38 games to claim the ninth place, just two points behind Arsenal’s eighth place and three points behind Tottenham Hotspur’s seventh place, and also finished. the campaign is in excellent shape.
However, the Whites had a disappointing start to the 2021-22 season, as they suffered a 5-1 loss to Manchester United on 14 August; Marcelo Bielsa’s men have been undefeated in all competitions since then, but are still awaiting their first league win of the season.
In fact, they have shared the points with Everton and Burnley in their last two Premier League matches, which came on either side of a 3-0 home win over Crewe Alexandra in the EFL Cup.
Leeds held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw when the two teams met at Elland Road last season, while Bielsa’s team was on the wrong side of a seven-goal thriller at Anfield on September 12, and it wouldn’t be. a surprise if there were goals this weekend considering how both teams will approach the match.
Whites will be a bit wary of the dreaded season two syndrome, and Bielsa will be determined to put a league win on the board as soon as possible, but a revitalized Liverpool is ready to offer tough opposition to the former League One team on Sunday. late.
Liverpool’s start to Liverpool’s new season has been impressive, as they opened their campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over Norwich City on 14 August before running out of 2-0 winners over Burnley at Anfield a week later.
The Reds actually lagged behind Chelsea in their last game before the international break, with Kai Havertz making the breakthrough, but Mohamed Salah tied from the penalty spot after Reece James, who was sent off, handled the ball and the two teams finally played. a 1-1 tie.
As mentioned, a seven-point return from three games has left Jurgen Klopp’s team fifth in the table on goal difference, although their position in the division will likely have changed by the time they hit the field for kickoff on Sunday. . late.
Liverpool are entering a busy period of the season as they will open their Champions League group stage campaign at home to AC Milan next week, before taking on Crystal Palace in the Premier League and Norwich. City in the EFL Cup in quick succession.
The Reds will also play twice more before the end of the month, traveling to Brentford in the league on September 25 before visiting Porto in the Champions League three days later, and it will be fascinating to see what kind of results the team pulls off. the next two weeks.
Leeds manager Bielsa revealed during Friday’s pre-game press conference that Stuart Dallas, Junior Firpo, and Mateusz Klich are available for selection this weekend, but Robin Koch remains on the treatment table.
Also available is Daniel James, who arrived from Manchester United before the transfer deadline, while the Whites will be able to call in key attacker Raphinha.
A suspension imposed by FIFA appeared to rule out the Brazilian international from the contest, but a decision was made on Friday night to lift the ban, meaning he is available here.
As for Liverpool, Alisson Becker and Fabinho have also been allowed to play due to the cancellation of their FIFA suspensions, but Roberto Firmino will be missing through injury.
Virgil van Dijk is available after suffering a physical condition scare in international service, while Harvey Elliott has also been cleared to play, but James Milner and Takumi Minamino remain on the sidelines.
Elliott could retain his spot in the middle of the park alongside Jordan Henderson, while Thiago Alcantara had been in line to appear if Fabinho wasn’t available on Elland Road.
Going forward, no surprises are expected as Firmino’s absence means Diogo Jota will start alongside Salah and Sadio Mane as part of the three forwards.
Leeds United possible starting lineup:
Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Cooper, Firpo; Phillips; Harrison, Dallas, Klich, Raphinha; Bamford
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Elliott; Mane, Jota, Salah