After an off-season of just seven weeks, the new Premier League season is upon us as Liverpool prepare to welcome Leeds United back to the top flight.
The reigning Premier League Champions will be aiming to rediscover their pre-lockdown mojo that saw them go unbeaten for the first 27 matches of the 2019-20 season.
It’s going to be an almighty task for Jurgen Klopp’s men to improve upon the near-perfect campaign of which they achieved a club record 99 points. With a lack of business in the transfer window thus far, there’s concerns the squad could burn out, especially with the congested fixture list. As always though, Klopp knows how to motivate his troops and his Liverpool team ahead of a new season.
In Klopp’s four opening fixtures in charge of the Reds, 15 goals have been scored, with his side often showing their tenacity and intent from the opening whistle of a campaign. Leeds haven’t won over Liverpool since 2001 when they were a top four competitor in the Prem. They could make a huge statement early with a result against their old rivals.
Leeds have kept the key core of their 2019-20 Championship winning squad, with their biggest addition, Spanish striker Rodrigo, expected to lineup this evening. Kalvin Phillips made his International debut for England mid-week and like his Liverpool counterparts will also be expected to play.
Liverpool Predicted XI
The reliable Brazilian got injured in the opening fixture last season but hopefully he’ll stay fit and claim a clean sheet in his first start
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson
The same back four that started majority of fixtures in 2019-20 will be expected to start the new campaign as well despite all taking part in the UEFA Nations League over the past week.
Alexander-Arnold and Robertson picked up 25 Premier League assists between them last season and will continue to be enormous providers for the attack this term.
Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita
The dependent Fabinho had an outstanding 2019-20 and he picks himself in the midfield trio. There’s been talk of Wijnaldum departing to Barcelona but he looks set to stay at this rate, and should start against Leeds. Jordan Henderson isn’t at starting fitness yet with Naby Keita set to be the man to replace him like he did at the end of last season.
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane
The dynamic trio of Salah, Bobby and Mane will look to be on fire from the beginning yet again. 8/15 of their opening game goals under Klopp have been scored by this trio. 45 goals were scored and 24 goals were created between these three last season