Liverpool take on Leeds United on the opening day of the Premier League with all eyes on a second successive title.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will begin the defence of their Premier League title on Saturday by hosting Leeds United at the Anfield. Marcelo Bielsa’s newly promoted side is expected to be the surprise package this season, courtesy of the 65-year-old’s extensive experience and expertise on the managerial front over the last few decades.
The Reds have already warmed up for the season with the FA Community Shield outing against Arsenal, which they lost on penalties. However, the English top-flight is obviously a premiere competition and is highly regarded. Klopp will be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and new signing Konstantinos Tsimikas for the opener.
Alisson Becker has been influential for the Merseyside outfit of late and is expected to start in between the posts at the Anfield. Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are fit enough to get the nod in the heart of defence and would be joined by Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold in the fullback positions, to complete a customary back four.
Jordan Henderson narrowly missed out on the PFA Player of the Year Award to Kevin De Bruyne, but that, by no means would affect the captain’s performances. The Englishman will start as will Fabinho in the centre of the park. Georginio Wijnaldum’s uncertain future at the club may see him shipped in favour of Naby Keita.
Liverpool’s formidable attack will hope to beat a fierce Leeds side and all eyes will be on the wingers in Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to exploit the defenders as they are more than likely to start. Roberto Firmino, who struck just one home goal in the league all season in 2019/20 will want to better that record whilst being given the nod as striker.