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Rare win streak on the line in a battle of fitness – Leeds vs. Liverpool Preview – Liverpool FC


If the 219 days ago fixture was anything to go on, Liverpool can look forward to an exciting and intense encounter as they meet Leeds with three other invaluable points on the line.

Leeds v Liverpool

Monday April 19, 2021 – 8 p.m. (BST)
Elland Road
Premier League (32)
Referee: Anthony Taylor


It has been a frustrating midweek for Liverpool as they misplaced their shooting shoes to pass up the opportunity to advance to the Champions League semi-final.

And now everything is focused on the Reds are here to get another shot at No.7 next season, starting with three points at Leeds United.

Domestically, Jurgen Klopp’s side have turned a corner in recent weeks to get back in contention for the top four, winning three consecutive league games for just the second time this season.

He sets up an intriguing battle to push for fourth, if not third, with West Ham’s loss to Newcastle leaving the door ajar for the Reds to get ahead of the Hammers on goal difference.

The task is not easy, however, as Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds have proven that they can more than withstand the rigors and demands of Premier League football.

Matching their intensity will be key, as will grabbing our chances when they come up, because while Leeds have shown they know how to hit the scoreboard they are also losing goals – with just five teams conceding more in the league. nowadays.

It is a need for Liverpool to come out on the safe side.

Team news

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday April 10, 2021: Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp kisses James Milner after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa FC at Anfield.  Liverpool won 2-1.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

The good news is, there is no news.

“No new concerns” were Klopp’s words before the game, a rare occurrence in a season that has been besieged by injuries.

This means the manager will have the same squad at his disposal as against Real Madrid in midweek, meaning both Curtis Jones and Divock Origi have to stay on the sidelines again.

With Leeds a well-known running machine, Liverpool could look to inject new legs into the squad with Thiago, Diogo Jota, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita just a handful of names ready to push for selection.

There was also a brief update on the club’s long-term absences, with Klopp claiming that Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson “are all [on track]. “

Because Leeds, meanwhile, will be without captain Liam Cooper after his red card at Leeds and Raphinha and Rodrigo remain in doubt with respective muscle injuries.

Possible Leeds XI: Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Struijk, Alioski; Raphinha, Phillips, Dallas; Harrison, Roberts, Bamford

Last 5 in Leeds (all competitions)

LEEDS, ENGLAND - Tuesday 22 September 2009: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard MBE has his shot saved by Leeds United goalkeeper Shane Higgs during the League Cup 3rd round match at Elland Road.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

Won 1-0 – September 2009 (Ngog)
Drew 2-2 – February 2004 (Bakke, Viduka; Kewell, Baros)
Won 1-0 – October 2002 (Diao)
Won 4-0 – February 2002 (Ferdinand O / G, Heskeyx2, Owen)
Won 2-0 – January 2001 (Barmby, Heskey)

Elland Road

LEEDS, ENGLAND - Tuesday December 2, 2008: Drifting snow lit by Elland Road floodlights during the FA Youth Cup 3rd match between Leeds United and Liverpool.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

Capacity: 37,792

* To be played behind closed doors

Did you know

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday April 3, 2021: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool (L) celebrates after scoring the second goal with his teammates Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' (C) and Thiago Alcantara (R) during the FA Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at the Emirates Stadium.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

A win in this game would see Liverpool record four in a row in the Premier League for the first time this season and only for the third time since the turn of 2020.

The stop-start nature of football due to the pandemic as well as a lack of consistency in performance and team selection have all played their part.

But now is the perfect time to build some much-needed momentum, and Liverpool will be hoping to appeal to their loyal goal scorers away from home after scoring in their last six road games across all competitions.

Form

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday 14 April 2021: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool looks dejected after missing a chance during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final match between Liverpool FC and Real Madird CF at Anfield.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

0-0 draw against Real Madrid
Won 2-1 against Aston Villa
Lost 3-1 against Real Madrid
3-0 victory over Arsenal
Won 1-0 against Wolves

Leeds – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 2-1 against Man City
Won 2-1 against Sheffield United
Won 2-1 against Fulham
0-0 draw against Chelsea
Lost 2-0 to West Ham

View from Klopp

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Klopp noted the desire to build on their momentum and in turn to “respect” their future opponents to do so:

“It would be cool, it would be absolutely cool [to have momentum].

“But the point is, we must not forget the adversary we always face. But now this is the situation, we have won the last three games, which is why we are still fighting for places in the Champions League.

“If we had won one game and drawn two, it could be completely different.

“So the way is clear – we have to win football matches. The best way would be to win all the football games, but there are tough opponents and we respect that, we really respect that.

“Leeds is really special and for that we have to be prepared.”

TV and Liveblog info

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday September 12, 2020: Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the FA Premier League opening match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United FC at Anfield.  The game was played behind closed doors due to UK government social distancing laws during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.  Liverpool won 4-3.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

Leeds vs Liverpool will kick off at 8 p.m. KST and will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event, with coverage starting at 7 p.m.

Chris Williams will be the one to keep you updated and entertained on the This Is Anfield Matchday Live Blog, which you can find here, starting at 7.15pm.