Liverpool hopes to resume their winning ways in the Premier League as Leeds United visits Anfield on Saturday night, buoyed by their confirmation of their spot in the Champions League knockout rounds.
Liverpool vs Leeds United: Preview
The Reds defeated Ajax 3-0 on Wednesday to clinch a top-two finish in Group A, while Jesse Marsch’s team fell to Fulham 3-2 the last time out. As for the records go, the Scousers are undefeated against Leeds United in their last 10 meet-ups.
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool, said that his team overcame a poor start to defeat Ajax at their Amsterdam headquarters with three goals without conceding. Klopp also said that Liverpool’s advancement into the last 16 of the Champions League would not be taken for granted.
Harvey Elliott scored from a close angle, Mohamed Salah beat the charging Remko Pasveer, and Darwin Nunez made up for a missed open goal with a well-placed header to relieve pressure on the irrepressible Napoli in next week’s final group meeting.
Meanwhile, the boys are hungry as they are looking for consistency in Premier League. The Reds have lost more league games this season than they did in the whole previous campaign. Nobody have gotten a victory over the Scousers in their last 29 home games in Premier League. It clearly shows the Anfield pressure.
Despite having a game in hand over Newcastle United, Klopp’s team is currently eighth in the rankings heading into the weekend, 12 points behind leaders Arsenal and five back of the top four. The Reds’ 1-0 setback to Nottingham Forest was caused by ex-Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi.
Nevertheless, Liverpool’s erratic and injury-plagued team has experienced their finest run of form of the season with four victories in five games, and the fact that they have only allowed two goals in their past 450 minutes of play is also encouraging.
Additionally, Klopp’s team has not suffered a loss at Anfield this season. They have won six of their previous seven games and have kept three straight clean sheets. With a win today, they might extend their home Premier League undefeated streak to a remarkable 30 games.
Luis Diaz, Arthur, Joel Matip, and Diogo Jota, Liverpool’s long-term absentees, are still out of the running. Klopp could also decide that Naby Keita’s comeback is premature despite the Guinean international’s recent involvement in full training.
Jordan Henderson departed the Johan Cruijff Arena with a severe hit to the knee and will need to be evaluated here, while Ibrahima Konate was back on the bench in midweek but may also need to accumulate minutes as a substitute first.
If Henderson takes a weekend off to allow the bruises to heal, Thiago Alcantara’s potential return would be helpful. However, it is still unknown if the Spaniard will be back for the weekend. Therefore, Curtis Jones or James Milner may still be needed in the midfield.
Liverpool Predicted XI vs Leeds United
Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Elliott, Carvalho, Nunez, Salah.
With a probable 4-3-3 formation, the Reds are looking to get their next Anfield win.
What Anfield Home Predicts
We predict, Liverpool 3-0 Leeds United.
Liverpool have lately found it more difficult to establish their supremacy in the Premier League than it has been in Europe.
However, they are unlikely to face any pressure from Marsch’s leaky and injury-plagued crop. Traveling Whites fans should brace themselves for another agonizing day at Merseyside. Jurgen Klopp may decide to start a stronger team here rather than rest players against Napoli. It is due to their Champions League qualification already secured.