The Premier League gets back underway this weekend with Liverpool taking the never-easy trip across the Pennines to Elland Road to take on Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds.
Here is all you need ahead of Sunday’s only Premier League clash.
Leeds enjoyed a fine return to the English top-flight last season, securing a top-half finish and earning plenty of admirers from far and wide for their high octane brand of football.
Their second season has, however, got off to a bit of a shaky start, suffering a heavy defeat at Old Trafford as a Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba inspired Manchester United saw the west Yorkshire side hit for five.
They would then twice come from behind to earn a 2-2 draw in a highly entertaining game against Everton back in front of a packed Elland Road, before beating Crewe 3-0 in the Carabao Cup.
Bielsa’s side would once again be forced to come from behind in their most recent game to earn another point, Patrick Bamford netting an 86th minute equaliser to cancel out Chris Wood’s opener for Burnley.
While they always look like they could concede a goal, Bielsa’s unwavering attacking philosophy is often conducive to entertaining football, with Leeds and Liverpool playing out an absolute cracker on the first day of last season, with the Anfield side running out 4-3 winners.
As for this meeting, Leeds are set to be without winger Raphinha following Brazil’s request to impose a ban on Premier League players, though the club could hand a debut to Dan James who joined on deadline day from Man Utd.
Liverpool have got their Premier League title challenge underway with an unbeaten start to the season, kicking off with a comfortable 3-0 win over Premier League newcomers Norwich, before keeping another clean sheet as they beat Burnley 2-0.
They followed that up with a 1-1 draw against fellow title rivals Chelsea, falling behind to Kai Havertz’ superb opener to earn a draw following a Mo Salah penalty on the stroke of half time.
The Reds were however unable to break down Thomas Tuchel’s 10 men, as they seemingly lacked a bit of creativity and never really looked like scoring a winner.
While, Leeds look set to be without Raphinha, Liverpool are set to be the worst hit among Premier League sides, with Brazilian trio of Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino all unable to feature.
Harvey Elliott has enjoyed an impressive start to the season for the Reds following his return from Blackburn, but is a doubt for the trip to Yorkshire after withdrawing from England U21 duty with an unspecified injury.
Leeds 1-1 Liverpool (April 19th, 2021)
Liverpool came into the game in April amid a turbulent run of form, winning just nine of their previous 21 matches in all competitions since the turn of the year, as they were repeatedly punished for their lack of cutting edge amid a defensive injury crisis.
They would however take the lead after just half an hour, Sadio Mane ending a nine-game goal drought in the Premier League to stroke into an empty net from the edge of the area after Trent Alexander-Arnold had beaten Illan Meslier to the ball.
However, it would be Leeds who had the better of the chances, Alisson keeping out second-half efforts from Luke Ayling and Tyler Roberts while Patrick Bamford saw his attempted lob come back off the bar.
They would however get the equaliser they deserved, Diego Llorente getting on the end of a Jack Harrison corner to earn themselves a point with three minutes to play.
Leeds: Meslier; Llorente, Struijk, Cooper; Ayling, Phillips, Dallas; James, Rodrigo, Harrison; Bamford.
Liverpool: Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Thiago, Elliott; Salah, Mane, Jota.
What TV channel is Leeds v Liverpool on?
Leeds v Liverpool is available to watch and stream from Sky Sports Premier League.
Who is the referee?
What time is kick off?
Sunday, September 12th, 2021 – 16:30BST
Leeds – 16/5
Draw – 3/1
Liverpool – 3/4
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Author: Ben Guest