Liverpool are back and are on a quest to retain their Premier League title after cruising to a first league success for 30 years last term. Their first opponents this time around are last season’s Championship winners, Leeds United. It promises to be an absolute cracker at Anfield tomorrow (kick off 5.30pm).
The Reds have barely made any changes since their magnificent title triumph. Manager Jurgen Klopp seems to trust his players implicitly and he harbours hopes that the likes of Mo Salah, Virgil Van Dijk and Sadio Mane can get the job done once again.
Whilst their title rivals have been spending big money to get closer to Liverpool, an 18 point deficit is an enormous amount to make up and many observers do truly believe that Liverpool can follow up.
However, they face a potential banana skin first up in the shape of Leeds United. They aren’t in the Premier League just to make up the numbers. Their coach, Marcelo Bielsa, has managed at the top level for many years and they have certainly bolstered their squad. It is all set for an intriguing contest.
Liverpool vs Leeds Utd Predictions
The first round of fixtures in the Premier League always get the juices flowing and this is certainly one of the most fascinating games over the weekend.
Liverpool have a very proud long unbeaten home record to defend and these two sides have had a very famous rivalry over the years. For a club as big as Leeds to be out of the top flight as long as they have has been an astonishing journey but now they are back in the big time.
However, they couldn’t have asked for a tougher start at the home of the Premier League champions. Any result here for the away side will be a massive bonus.
In that instance, we believe Liverpool will coast to victory against a side who will be finding their feet again at this level.
Liverpool vs Leeds Utd Betting Tips
- Correct score – 3:1 – 37/4
- First goalscorer – Sadio Mane – 16/5
- Liverpool win and over 3.5 goals – 33/20
Liverpool vs Leeds Utd Head to Head
- The two sides haven’t met in the Premier League since 2004.
- Liverpool haven’t lost to Leeds at Anfield since 2001.
- Leeds come into this game having won their last five games.
Liverpool Team News
Trent Alexander-Arnold is fully fit to start after overcoming a minor injury in pre-season. Reds skipper Jordan Henderson is also likely to be back in the squad having missed the end of last season with injury, but may not start. Xherdan Shaqiri is absent.
Possible team: Allison Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil Van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Fabinho, Curtis Jones, Georginho Wijnaldum, Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino.
Leeds Utd Team News
United’s first game back in the Premier League couldn’t be much tougher and Bielsa is boosted by the news that he has a fully-fit squad to choose from. That means club record signing Rodrigo may go straight into the side to face the Reds. Defender Robin Koch is also set to make his debut.
Possible team: Kiko Casilla, Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper, Robin Koch. Stuart Dallas, Kalvin Phillips, Mateusz Klich, Pablo Hernandez, Helder Costa, Jack Harrison, Rodrigo.