Liverpool vs Leeds: Here's our full match preview as Premier League Champions host Championship Champions
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Liverpool vs Leeds: Here's our full match preview as Premier League Champions host Championship Champions

Liverpool playing Leeds United is easily the stand-out fixture of the opening weekend, as it's Premier League Champions versus Championship Champions.

Leeds make their Premier League return after 15+ years, and they have been handed the toughest game possible.

🧩 Liverpool vs Leeds United key details

  • 🗓 12 September 2020
  • 🏟 Anfield
  • ⌚️ 19:30 kickoff (EAT)

🏟 Match Context

Leeds are gearing up to contest their first Premier League fixture in 16 years this weekend following their long-awaited promotion from the second tier, though a trip to take on defending champions Liverpool at Anfield represents just about the toughest test of their top-flight battle.

With the eccentric genius of manager Marcelo Bielsa key, Leeds romped home to the Championship title in 2019/20, gathering 93 points in total to finish well clear of West Brom in second place.

Liverpool are preparing to start a Premier League campaign as champions for the first time in 2020/21, after their relentless consistency saw them lift their first title with relative comfort last term.

With a well-balanced squad already at his disposal, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp resisted the urge to spend over the summer with back-up fullback Konstantinos Tsimikas the club’s only notable signing.

🔢 Predicted XIs

Liverpool XI:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Leeds United XI:
Meslier; Ayling, Cooper, Koch, Dallas; Costa, Hernandez, Phillips, Klich, Harrison; Rodrigo

🔑 Key stats

  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight games against Leeds in all competitions (W6 D2), since a 1-2 defeat in April 2001 in the Premier League.
  • Leeds have lost their last three away matches against Liverpool in all competitions, with this the Whites’ first trip to Anfield since a 0-2 defeat in the League Cup in November 2016.
  • Liverpool’s four season-opening Premier League (PL) matches played under Jürgen Klopp have been mainly successful (W3, D1), with all featuring at least four total goals (5.5 on average), and Liverpool scoring at least three goals.
  • Away from home, Leeds were the Championship’s top scorers with 1.61 goals scored per match. 
  • Unbeaten in the last 59 Premier League matches held at Anfield (W48, D11), the Reds are currently on a 17-match winning streak in the PL against newly-promoted sides.
  • Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa is only the fourth Argentinian to manage in the English top-flight, after Ossie Ardilles, Mauricio Pochettino, and Mauricio Pellegrino.

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