Liverpool vs Leeds United: Line-ups
Don’t Rule Out An Upset
Leeds United have a good record on the opening day, having played more games on matchday one without losing than any other team in Premier League history, winning five and drawing seven of their previous 12.
Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine outings including pre-season, which has seen them beat Stuttgart and Blackpool but draw with Red Bull Salzburg and lose to Arsenal on penalties.
Liverpool could be forced to start the new season without their captain Jordan Henderson, who continues to struggle with a knee injury carried over from last term. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also sidelined with a similar problem, while Xherdan Shaqiri is out with a muscle injury and new signing Kostas Tsimikas is unavailable to make his debut after being diagnosed with Covid-19.
The visitors come into the game with a relatively clean bill of health but will still be without Adam Forshaw, who continues to struggle with a hip injury. The likes of Helder Costa and newly-capped England midfielder Kalvin Phillips have returned to fitness during the break.
Leeds have the ability to cause Liverpool a few problems and this is unlikely to be a one-sided affair, despite Liverpool’s imperious record at Anfield.