Preview: Liverpool v Leeds United

Preview: Liverpool v Leeds United

We look at Saturday's opening fixture.

Leeds United's Premier League season gets underway on Saturday (5:30pm) as the Whites travel to take on reigning champions Liverpool.  It is Leeds United's first game in the top-flight for 16 years, after the Whites won the 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship, in a memorable campaign during the club's centenary season.  Saturday's meeting will be the 118th between the two sides and there have been some famous clashes down the years.  Leeds clinched the First Division title at Anfield in 1969, defeated the Reds in the 1992 Charity Shield and who can forget Mark Viduka's four goal in the memorable 4-3 victory at Elland Road back in 2000?

Manager/head coach

Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp

Leeds United: Marcelo Bielsa

2019/20 league position

Liverpool: 1st (Premier League)

Leeds United: 1st (Championship)

2019/20 Top scorer

Liverpool: Mohamed Salah (23)

Leeds United: Patrick Bamford (16)

Head to head

Liverpool wins: 51

Draws: 31

Leeds United wins: 28

Last time at Anfield

Tuesday 29th November 2016

League Cup

Liverpool 2 (Origi 76, Woodburn 81)

Leeds United 0

Team news

Adam Forshaw is set to miss Saturday's game as he steps up his comeback from injury.  There could be debuts for new signings Robin Koch and Rodrigo who recently returned from international duty with Germany and Spain respectively.  Liverpool have doubts over Jordan Henderson, Xherdan Shaqiri and Kostas Tsimikas, but Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to return after missing the FA Community Shield final, after featuring for England over the international break.

The key battle

Roberto Firmino v Liam Cooper

So often for Liverpool, when Firmino plays well, so do Mo Salah and Sadio Mane as part of the three in attack for the Reds.  Captain Cooper will be looking to break up that play when he comes up against the Liverpool forward.


Referee: Michael Oliver

Assistant referee 1: Stuart Burt

Assistant referee 2: Simon Bennett

Fourth official: Michael Dean

Latest odds

Liverpool: 3/10

Draw: 9/2

Leeds United: 8/1

(Odds correct at time of article published)

How to watch or listen

Saturday's game will be shown live on Sky Sports.  Live audio commentary available on LUTV, CLICK HERE for more information.