Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will be aiming to return to winning ways when they travel to Yorkshire on Sunday afternoon for a tasty-looking Premier League clash with Leeds United.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side started the season in disastrous fashion with a crushing 6-2 defeat at the hands of historic rivals Manchester United. They recovered with back-to-back draws against Everton and then Burnley but are still searching for their first league win of the campaign.
They will be buoyed by the addition of Dan James who signed from Manchester United on deadline day for a reported £25m. Famously, James came very close to joining the Lilywhites whilst they were a Championship club and has been a long-term target of Bielsa.
Leeds are always likely to be admired by the neutrals for the way that they attack games and for the high-intensity and entertaining style in which they play with. They could really do with getting some points on the board, though, with that first win still eluding them.
Leeds United v Liverpool
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APR 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Leeds 1-1 Liverpool
SEP 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 4-3 Leeds
NOV 2016 LEAGUE CUP Liverpool 2-0 Leeds
SEP 2009 LEAGUE CUP Leeds 0-1 Liverpool
FEB 2004 PREMIER LEAGUE Leeds 2-2 Liverpool
OCT 2003 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 3-1 Leeds
MAR 2003 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 3-1 Leeds
OCT 2002 PREMIER LEAGUE Leeds 0-1 Liverpool
FEB 2002 PREMIER LEAGUE Leeds 0-4 Liverpool
OCT 2001 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 1-1 Leeds
Ibrahima Konate was the only summer signing made by the Reds, but with promising youngsters Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones taking on a more prominent first-team role, as well as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane enjoying a summer of rest, this still feels like a different Liverpool side at the start of this new season.
Liverpool perhaps weren’t at their best in the 1-1 draw against ten-men Chelsea, but the Reds have still made a strong start to the season with seven points from their opening three fixtures.
They were emphatic in victory against Norwich on the opening day and then very comfortable against Burnley the following week. They’ll be hoping for an equally as impressive performance when they travel to Elland Road.
They may, however, be without key players Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino who are likely to be banned for this fixture as per FIFA’s request after Liverpool refused to release them for international duty.
Liverpool will still have players like Salah and Mane on their side, though. And with them on one side and Raphinha and Bamford on the other, this match looks like it has all the ingredients to be a very exciting affair. We’re backing Liverpool and Both Teams to Score.
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