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)
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.
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)
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)
* To be played behind closed doors
Did you know
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.
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
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.