Leeds welcome Liverpool to Elland Road in the only Sunday game of the weekend
The only Sunday fixture of Gameweek 4 of the Premier League season takes place at Elland Road this weekend, as Leeds United continue their search for their first win of the new campaign, as they welcome Liverpool.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have yet to taste league victory this season, drawing two and losing one of their opening trio of games, while Liverpool have made a decent start and are unbeaten after three.
Both sides will be boosted by the news that Premier League clubs seem to be set to ignore the Brazilian FA’s request to FIFA to ban players that weren’t allowed to join up with their countries during the international break. It looked as though the likes of Alisson, Fabinho and Raphinha weren’t going to be allowed to play, but Friday brought more confusion around the situation, and it seems as though all will be available.
That adds to the good news for Leeds, as the Whites go into the game with only one definite absentee. German defender Robin Koch has a pelvic issue and won’t make it, but Matheusz Klich and new signing Junior Firpo have recovered from COVID after isolating and are back involved.
Patrick Bamford will lead the line again after winning his first cap for England, and new signing Daniel James is also set to be involved after a late switch from Manchester United in the window.
As for Liverpool, Firmino is expected to miss out with a hamstring injury, with Diogo Jota continuing up front with Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane. Former Leeds midfielder James Milner is available again after a calf problem, and teenager Harvey Elliot is also fine after pulling out of England under-21 duty.
Klopp feared for Virgil Van Dijk after he suffered an injury playing for the Netherlands during the break, but the defender is fine and should continue alongside either Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate or Joe Gomez.
The game will be Liverpool’s first in front of a full capacity Elland Road since 2004, when an 18-year-old Milner was in the opposing lineup. That game ended 2-2, with Mark Viduka and Eirik Bakke scoring for Leeds, sandwiched in between goals from Harry Kewell and Milan Baros for Liverpool in the space of 20 first-half minutes.
More recently, the two sides played out a thriller on the first day of last season, as Liverpool edged a fantastic game 4-3 at Anfield thanks to a Salah hat-trick, before the spoils were shared in Yorkshire back in April.
Leeds United take on Liverpool at Elland Road on Sunday, September 12th. Kick-off is at 4.30pm.