Champions Liverpool will look to get their title-defense campaign off to a winning start when they take on newly-promoted Leeds United at Anfield on the opening weekend of the 2020/2021 Premier League season.
Following a fantastic domestic season in which they captured their first Premier League title in 30 years, with 99 points – 18 points clear of runners-up – Liverpool have surely set their sights on achieving more league success and holding on to their crown. If the Reds can pull together strings of sublime performances like they did last season, then they will be able to maintain their position at the zenith.
Leeds, meanwhile, are back in the Premier League after a 16-year absence. The Whites were brilliant in the Championship last season, winning the title to seal a return to top-flight football. Marcelo Bielsa and his men will now look to build on that impressive campaign and establish themselves as a Premier League club.
But will they be able to give a good account of themselves when they face Liverpool in their opening Premier League game this Saturday?
Though there’s a gulf in class between both teams in terms of recent achievements, this promises to be an entertaining affair. However, Liverpool boast superior qualities and the odds are in their favour. Klopp’s men have won 25 of their last 26 Premier League games at home.
They’ve proven to be difficult to play against on home turf and Leeds may find it tough upsetting the odds on Saturday. Liverpool should be solid enough to get the win.
Liverpool: Team captain Jordan Henderson could be available for selection following his recovery from a knee injury.
Also, We could see a center-back pairing of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. Even though Joel Matip is fit, he is likely to start from the bench.
Possible starting lineup: Alisson — Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson — Keita, Fabinho, Wijnaldum — Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Leeds: Bielsa has got a fit squad and all players will be available for selection except Adam Foresaw, who’s still recovering from a hip surgery he underwent back in February.
Possible starting lineup: Meslier — Ayling, Cooper, Koch, Dallas — Costa, Hernandez, Phillips,, Harrison — Rodrigo
While a win looks likely for Liverpool, their frailty at the back, which has seen them concede in each of their previous six competitive games is a cause for concern. Leeds have strengthened their attack with the addition of Rodrigo this summer and they should be able to exploit Liverpool’s defensive hiccup. Their high-pressing style of football and their desire to make an instant impact should also help.
Expect both teams to score here.