Premier League champions Liverpool begin the defence of their title against Leeds United at Anfield on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side won the league at a canter last season, finishing a mammoth 18 points ahead of nearest challengers Manchester City and in the process securing a first top flight crown for 30 years.
Opponents Leeds United stand between Liverpool and a perfect start, and the Whites’ first game back in the big time could not be tougher after a 16-year exodus.
It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Leeds fans since their relegation from the Premier League in 2004, but in cult manager Marcelo Bielsa they have rediscovered their swagger.
The effervescent Argentine has recently penned terms on a new deal after concerns over his future at Elland Road.
Leeds have also answered the doubters of their goalscoring ability this season by signing Spain international Rodrigo, with the club-record signing expected to make his debut at Anfield.
Bielsa will likely be without Adam Forshaw against Liverpool though as he struggles with a hip injury.
For Liverpool, the injury concerns are slightly more severe, particularly with the Reds’ only tangible investment so far being Greek defender Kostas Tsimikas – and he is unavailable due to contracting coronavirus.
Captain Jordan Henderson is still niggled by an ongoing knee issue, with fellow midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also struggling with a similar problem.
Xherdan Shaqiri is ruled out with a muscle strain, but there is a chance he may be offloaded by Liverpool before the closure of the transfer window on October 5th.
Two big clubs do battle at Anfield in what is evidently the standout fixture of the opening weekend.
Liverpool v Leeds United is a 1730 kick off in the Premier League.