Liverpool will travel to Elland Road for a Matchday 4 date with Leeds United in the English Premier League. The week that most coaches dread will soon be upon us, the week after an international break. Most players will be laid back, either due to high intensity and long travels during the international break, a lack of activity (for those who were not called up), or the reduced competition in the international scene. Either way, Jurgen Klopp would have to motivate his team ahead of a gruelling trip to face Leeds United on September 12th at 15:30 UTC.
Liverpool will seek to build on their impressive start to the 2021/22 season so far by picking up a result against Marcelo Bielsa's team. The Reds have 7 points from their first 3 games, winning against Norwich City and Burnley and playing out a 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Matchday 3.
For their part, Leeds United will be hunting their first win of the season when they go up against the guys from Merseyside. A damaging 5-1 loss to Manchester United on the opening day has been followed by a 2-2 draw at home to Everton and another 1-1 draw away at Burnley. Marcelo Bielsa is never shy of taking on the big boys and he will relish this meeting.
What is the Head-to-head record between Liverpool and Leeds United?
Due to Leeds United long absence from the English top-flight, there have been very few matches between both clubs. In recent history, an EFL clash between both clubs in 2016 is the only match-up that comes to mind. Still in the early days of Juergen Klopp's reign at Merseyside then, the Reds came out 2-0 winners over Leeds United with goals from Divock Origi and Ben Woodburn.
Both sides played out a 7-goal thriller when they meet in the league for the first time in decades. Liverpool won 4-3 courtesy of an 88th-minute winner from hat-trick hero, Mohamed Salah. Leeds United found a way to equalise each time Liverpool goes forward. Jack Harrison, Patrick Bamford, and Mateusz Klich scored for Leeds while Virgil van Dijk scored Liverpool's second goal.
The rematch at Elland road wasn't as fiery as the first, with both teams settling for a 1-1 draw. Sadio Mane put Liverpool ahead in the 31st minute before Diego Llorente pegged back the Reds with an 87th-minute equaliser to ensure the spoils were shared. Marcelo Bielsa will hope he can get the better of Jurgen Klopp this time around.
What is the likely line-up for Leeds United Vs. Liverpool?
Liverpool will be buoyed by the return of their defensive lynchpin, Virgil van Dijk. The Dutchman scored in this same fixture last season but the focus on this game will be his defensive abilities. The Reds will expectedly line up in their customary 4-3-3 formation with Allison Becker in goal, van Dijk and Joel Matip partnering in central defence, while Klopp can call on his preferred full-back options of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson. A midfield trio of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara could line up in the engine room. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will fill up the attacking positions.
Marcelo Bielsa will set his team up in the usual energetic and fast-pressing 3-3-3-1 system, with countless sprints and quick pressing. Ilian Meslier will maintain his position within the sticks, shielded by the central defensive trio of Liam Cooper, Pascal Struijik and Diego Llorente. Stuart Dallas, Luke Ayling and Kalvin Phillips will form an energetic midfield team, scurrying and trying to win the ball back quickly. In the forward line, Jack Harrison, Rodrigo and Raphinha will provide the ammunition that Patrick Bamford will need up front to score the goals.
Who will be the star player in Leeds United Vs. Liverpool?
Egyptian forward, Mohamed Salah is expected to be the most dangerous player for Liverpool against Leeds United. The player became the first player to score in 5 consecutive EPL Opening Day fixtures. He will set his eyes on winning the top-scorer award this season again.
For Leeds United, forwards Jack Harrison or Patrick Bamford will be the most dangerous players that the Liverpool players should be wary of. The fast-paced and constant running of the Leeds United players also makes almost all of them dangerous. Liverpool is currently 5th on the table while Leeds United are a measly 15.