Leeds United welcome Liverpool to Elland Road in a standalone Super Sunday clash as the 2021-22 Premier League season continues.
Victory could see Leeds move up to 12th in the standings, whereas Liverpool could go third with a win, although a victory of four goals or more could lift them up to second.
Raphinha will be available for Leeds after FIFA permitted the Brazilian to play after he initially faced an one-match ban, as a result of Leeds refusing to release him to Brazil during this month’s international window.
Mateusz Klich and Junior Firpo are both in contention after recovering from Coronavirus but Robin Koch (groin) is ruled out.
Liverpool could again be without James Milner due to a knock but the veteran will be handed a late fitness test.
Harvey Elliott is available after recovering from a muscle injury picked up on international duty for England Under-21s.
Virgil Van Dijk (ankle) and Neco Williams (foot) are considered as doubts but Roberto Firmino (hamstring) and Takumi Minamino (thigh) are ruled out.
- Leeds are winless in their last eight league meetings against Liverpool (D3, L5).
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last six visits to Elland Road in all competitions (W4, D2).
- Both teams have netted in their last five league meetings with Leeds scoring eight goals to Liverpool’s 13 goals.
- Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites are unbeaten in their last seven home matches (W3, D4).
- Coming into this matchweek, no defender had played more through balls in the opening three rounds than the four through balls produced by Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Despite enduring a slow frustrating start to the season, Leeds will be buoyed by their attacking display last time out in a 1-1 draw at Burnley because their quick passing movement and aerial threat caused huge issues, although Liverpool will be a tougher team to break down if Leeds aren’t disciplined enough.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds however will be disappointed with their own 1-1 draw last time out against Chelsea because they too were excellent in attack and solid in defence overall, which will give them confidence but both Leeds and Liverpool did waste chances in their matches through poor finishing.
The first goal here therefore will be key because if the hosts score first, I fancy them to cause issues here and try to play out a narrow win but if Liverpool start on the front foot, I can see an away victory coming no matter what Leeds do.
Prediction: Leeds 1-2 Liverpool
Result: Leeds 0-3 Liverpool