PL Stories - Ep 18Nov 30
Liverpool vs Leeds: Premier League match preview, predicted lineups, form quotes, injuries and how to watch
Everything you need to know about Liverpool vs Leeds in the Premier League.
When and where to watch Liverpool vs Leeds
You can watch all the action from Anfield on NOW via BT TV. The match kicks off at 7.45pm.
Liverpool vs Leeds match preview
But a shock loss to Nottingham Forest last weekend was another setback in what has been a challenging start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
A tactical switch to a 4-4-2/4-2-3-1 hybrid formation seemed to have rejuvenated a Liverpool side playing without the energy and efficiency of previous seasons.
Mo Salah’s more central role allowed him to score the winning goal against Man City and influence the game against West Ham, but he was strangely subdued by a disciplined Forest side at the weekend.
Klopp will now have more to consider heading into Saturday night’s game against Anfield, though a return to Anfield will be welcome. The Reds have not lost at home yet this season; their dismal away form has been the cause of most of their problems so far.
And Liverpool face a Leeds team in poor form, with manager Jesse Marsch under increasing pressure after four successive Premier League losses.
The Whites are now in the bottom three after a 2-3 loss to Fulham on Sunday and their almost intentionally chaotic style of play under Marsch doesn’t seem particularly conducive to getting a result at Anfield.
Both teams are in need of a win for different reasons: Liverpool can’t afford to drop more points if they are to maintain aspirations of an increasingly unlikely title challenge; Leeds will be desperate to end their losing run and climb out of the relegation zone.
Liverpool vs Leeds predicted teams
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Elliott, Fabinho, Thiago, Carvalho, Salah, Firmino
Leeds: Meslier; Kristensen, Llorente, Cooper, Firpo, Adams, Harrison, Aaronson, Rodrigo, Sinisterra, Bamford
Liverpool vs Leeds: Injuries and suspensions
Liverpool could be boosted by the return of Darwin Nunez, Thiago and Ibrahima Konate.
Long-term absentees Joel Matip and Naby Keita are expected to be back in action next month, while Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Arthur will be out until after the World Cup.
For Leeds, Tyler Adams should be available after a spell out with a muscle injury.
Adam Forshaw isn’t too far away from a return to fitness, while Stuart Dallas is expected to be out until January with a thigh injury.
Liverpool vs Leeds: Form guide
Liverpool’s form appeared to have picked up with narrow wins against Man City and West Ham, so Klopp will hope the Forest defeat was nothing more than a bad day at the office.
Inconsistency has been an issue for the Merseyside club throughout the campaign, with no sign as yet of a long winning run to replicate last season’s title charge.
Just two wins from the last six in the Premier League will make for disappointing reading for Liverpool fans and perhaps encourage Saturday’s visitors.
Leeds, though, have lost five of their last six, conceding 13 in that period and scoring just five.
The numbers are alarming and there is a feeling that Marsch may be in trouble if results don’t improve very soon.
With just one point from five away games this season, everything points to a Liverpool win at Anfield.
He said what?!
Leeds boss Jesse Marsch has responded to criticism from Leeds fans after a fourth straight defeat on Sunday:
"I'm here for the long term. I love this club, I'm investing everything I have to try to make us better.
"I understand the frustrations from the fans and we are equally if not more frustrated. We are doing everything we can and we are together. The board and I are unified. We have had clear discussions that we are together."
Last time they met
Leeds fans won’t want to be reminded of the last game between the two teams. Liverpool were emphatic winners back in February, scoring three in each half at Anfield to secure a 6-0 victory.
Mo Salah scored twice from the penalty spot and Sadio Mane added a brace late in the second half. The latter has since left for Bayern Munich, which will be a relief for those of a Leeds persuasion.
Marcelo Bielsa, who had guided Leeds back into the top flight, was sacked just a few days later, after a defeat to Tottenham, and replaced by Marsch.
Liverpool vs Leeds: Players to watch
Despite the doom and gloom surrounding Leeds at the moment, there have been some standout performers.
Luis Sinisterra has looked threatening playing predominantly on the left of a front four and could potentially exploit a much-discussed Liverpool weakness.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was a substitute against Nottingham Forest and James Milner started at right-back, so that position remains a potential problem area for Klopp.
Rodrigo has been a key man for Leeds, too, scoring his fifth league goal of the season in the loss to Fulham.
He has the ability to take any chances Liverpool offer up, although the creativity of Sinisterra, as well as Brenden Aaronson in the number ten role, will be vital for the visitors.
Liverpool vs Leeds: Key stats
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League games against Leeds United (W7 D3) since a 2-1 home defeat in April 2001.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 29 Premier League home games (W22 D7), scoring 73 goals and conceding just 16 in that run. They've won the last two 1-0, having fallen behind in five of their previous six at Anfield.
- Leeds are winless in their last eight league games (D2 L6), the longest current winless run among all current Premier League sides.
- Liverpool lost against bottom side Nottingham Forest last time out. They've not lost consecutive Premier League games, with both meetings being against sides in the relegation zone, since March 2012, when a defeat at QPR was followed by a home loss to Wigan Athletic.
- Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has created more chances from open play than any other player in the Premier League this season (28). He's creating 2.6 chances per 90 minutes on average this season, his best rate in a single campaign in the competition.