With the international break Finally Liverpool can turn their attention back to their Premier League successes – but Jurgen Klopp has a mystery that is beyond his control.
The Reds remain undefeated after the first three games, followed by Leeds, who have not yet accumulated their first three points of the new campaign.
This means that Liverpool remain on their name as one of five teams with seven points, with Tottenham being the surprising early league leader with a 100 percent record.
The last visit to Elland Road was overshadowed by the chaos in the Super League and many had wondered if the 1-1 draw at the end of the season would mean anything.
Now there is no more uncertainty and Klopp’s men have to immediately find their rhythm in the first of six games within 16 days against a well-rehearsed Marcelo Bielsa team.
Injuries and a suspension for his two Brazilians mean Klopp has some problems to resolve on Elland Road.
The latest team news ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Leeds is as follows:
Liverpool’s XI vs. Leeds IF Brazilians allowed
Much will depend on the completion of the suspension for the Brazilians as two key players pending and time is quickly not on Liverpool’s side.
But if common sense and decency prevail in the end, Alisson and Fabinho will be one of the first two names on the team list:
- Alisson behind an unchanged back four
- Fabinho in role No. 6, with Thiago and Henderson at his side
- A return to the XI for Jota alongside Salah and Mane
In West Yorkshire, the Reds lineup would look like this:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago; Salah, mane, iota
Line up when Brazilians are NOT allowed
If the five-day ban on our # 1 and # 3 remains in place, however, Klopp will have to shuffle his pack to cover their absence against an energetic Leeds:
- Kelleher in the gate
- Henderson takes on the No. 6 role
- Thiago takes a two-week break and Elliott keeps his place
- And Jota will take the lead in Firmino’s absence
Klopp would send out his page like this:
Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Thiago, Elliott; Salah, mane, iota
It’s a confusing position Liverpool finds itself in as it is at the mercy of the Brazilian Football Association or those in air-conditioned offices who keep common sense prevailing.
Liverpool have the depth to cover both Alisson and Fabinho but they shouldn’t have to.
An electrifying atmosphere greets the Reds and it is important that a busy month of action starts on the right note. So politics must be put aside and a Sunday afternoon ended in victory.