Liverpool will look to maintain their unbeaten start to the new Premier League season when they face Leeds United this afternoon.
The Reds scored seven out of nine possible points in the opening weeks 2021/22 and are hoping for a successful season after a disappointing performance last season.
And their chances of continuing their good form were significantly increased after the Brazilian duo Alisson Becker and Fabinho were released to play after a U-turn of their national association.
This means Jurgen Klopp will only have Roberto Firmino unavailable for the difficult trip to Elland Road from his usual big hits after the striker was injured last time against Chelsea.
With that in mind, Football FanCast expects the 54-year-old to take on Marcelo Bielsa’s protégés, with three changes to the team that started against the Blues …
In goal, Alisson will take his usual place between the sticks after the Brazilian Federation decided to drop its complaints about certain players who fail to report to the international match service due to coronavirus restrictions.
In front of the South American goalkeeper there could be a more familiar-looking back four, but with a new addition.
The former RB Leipzig center-back could make his Liverpool debut after having time to settle in his new surroundings and he is backed by Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Joel Matip has been in great shape this season but we believe Klopp will keep him on the ice and play him in the Champions League game against AC Milan on Wednesday.
The Reds’ engine room could also change as former Barcelona and Bayern Munich maestro Thiago joins the squad to make his first start in 2021/22.
However, there will be no surprises in advance. Firmino’s fitness problems mean a threesome from Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah is tasked with providing the firepower to fend off a die-hard Leeds side.
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