Leeds United vs Liverpool: Liverpool are set to travel to Leeds for their latest Premier League fixture. The Reds have a great chance to enter in the top four though temporarily. West Ham lost their game to Newcastle United, while Chelsea was busy in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City. Currently, Jurgen Klopp’s men have 52 points from 31 games.
However, the game against Leeds is going to be a difficult one for them. They both faced each other on the opening day of this season. The game ended with Liverpool winning the game by 4-3. If it is going to be anything like the game at Anfield, the viewers are in for a treat. Liverpool would be looking to move on from their Champions League exit.
While Leeds United will be looking to build upon their impressive 1-2 victory over Manchester City. However, their record against the Reds is not very good. In their previous 11 games against Liverpool, they have only managed to only once against them. If Jurgen Klopp’s side wins this one, it will be the fourth time they have a double over Leeds, more than any other side.
Not only this they have conceded more goals against the Reds than any other team in the Premier League (52). However, if the Peacocks win this win they will become only the second team in Premier League history to beat the league leaders and defending champions.
Analysis: Leeds vs Liverpool
Playing against a Marcelo Bielsa’s is always going to be tough. Leeds will be a hard nut to crack for Liverpool. On paper, the prospect of facing the Peacocks doesn’t look very good for the Reds. This largely because of the way Liverpool has played this season. Jurgen Klopp’s men have largely relied upon Mo Salah to score goals, while his partner in crime Sadio Mane has been very quiet.
On the defensive end, they haven’t been steady. Liverpool are unlikely to change their style of play as well. They will go out wide and try to swing in crosses inside the box. Earlier they would often rely upon their energy and pressing to put pressure but that has been missing this season. The Reds will again play a high line and Leeds won’t hesitate to pound upon it as well.
The Peacocks will try to run in behind Liverpool’s defence to score goals. Also in possession, they will try to use their pace and energy. A potential solution for the visitors could be to use Thiago and behind him Fabiano. The Spaniard could try to open up Leeds defence through the middle, while Fabiano can provide the defensive cover.
When and Where
Leeds will host Liverpool at Elland Road on 20th April 2020 at 12:30 AM IST.
Team News and Starting Line-Up
The home side will be without thier captain Liam Cooper who was sent off in the game against Manchester City. While Raphinha and Rodrigo are doubtful for the game, they will go for a late fitness test.
Predicted Line Up: Illan Meslier; Luke Ayling, Diego Llorente, Robin Koch, Ezgjan Alioski; Kalvin Phillips; Helder Costa, Stuart Dallas, Tyler Roberts, Jack Harrison; Patrick Bamford.
Currently, the Reds have no injury concerns except the long-term injuries to Van Dijk, Gomez, Henderson, Origi, Jones, and Matip.
Precited Line Up: Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nathaniel Phillips, Ozan Kabak, Andrew Robertson; Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Thiago; Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane.
Head to Head Statistics: Leeds vs Liverpool
In the previous 11 games between the two sides, the Reds have won seven times, the Peacocks have won once and three games have ended in stalemate.
Leeds United-Kalvin Phillips
Kalvin Phillip is perhaps one of the most underrated midfielders in the Premier League. The Englishman will be a key player for Leeds when they will be possession. Also when they are defending he will have the job to link the defence to the attack during counter-attacks.
Liverpool- Mo Salah
Despite Liverpool’s struggles this season the Egyptian has managed to thrive. He continues to score goals for them and it is likely that he will be involved if the Reds manage to score.
The 12th Man Prediction: Leeds United 2: 1 Liverpool
Currently, Marcelo Bielsa’s side is in very good form. They could exploit Liverpool’s vulnerability at the back and the Reds are struggling to score goals as well.