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Thread: Liverpool - v - Leeds United ***Matchday Thread***

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    Liverpool - v - Leeds United ***Matchday Thread***



    5.30pm KO.

    Pleasure to present our first Premier League match in 16yrs. Can't believe we've made it.

    TEAM NEWS

    Liverpool will monitor Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip, both of whom have recently returned to training following injuries.

    Leeds are without injured pair Gaetano Berardi and Adam Forshaw.

    New signings Rodrigo and Robin Koch returned from international duty fully fit, and are available to make their debuts.

    Head coach Marcelo Bielsa must decide whether to pick Illan Meslier or Kiko Casilla in goal.

    Premier League Q&A: What will the new season look like?Marcelo Bielsa: What is it really like to work with him?MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

    @Guymowbray:*Liverpool start a season as champions for the first time in 30 years, while Leeds return to top-level football after 16 seasons down below.

    To my mind, since the world changed for the worse, THIS is the Premier League occasion above all others that really misses the crowd it would have brought.

    I say occasion rather than game, because the game could still be a very good watch.

    Liverpool will attack in their usual intense way. Jurgen Klopp's words near the end of last season were typically him: "We will not defend the title, we will attack the next one".

    Nothing has changed with the champions. For some fans, perhaps,*not enough has changed in terms of new additions to the squad.

    And not much will change for Leeds either. The intriguing character that is Marcelo Bielsa is not for changing.

    This revered figure amongst almost all other coaches has got the Yorkshire side back to their rightful level with fluid, intense, and at times mesmerising football.

    It's a style that might bring a few heavy falls along the way, but that's entertaining to the extent that Leeds have already been labelled "everyone's favourite second team" for this season.

    What??*LEEDS??!!*The world really has turned on its head.

    LAWRO'S PREDICTION

    I had no doubts Bielsa would stay at Leeds - Phillips

    Leeds are a team I've seen a lot of in the Championship and I'm looking forward to seeing how they get on in the top flight. I love the way they play.

    They are very Liverpool-like in terms of their pressing and their pace and I don't see them struggling at all, even if this is an especially difficult opening game for them.

    Prediction:*2-0

    Lawro's full predictions v soul singer and Arsenal fan Celeste

    MATCH FACTS

    Head-to-head

    Leeds' most recent win against Liverpool was by 2-1 in the Premier League at Anfield in April 2001. Rio Ferdinand and Lee Bowyer scored for the visitors, while Steven Gerrard netted - and was later sent off - for the Reds.

    Liverpool

    The Reds are unbeaten in their opening league fixture over the past seven seasons, winning six times.

    Eigh****-time champions Liverpool have begun their title defence with a defeat just once before, losing 2-0 to West Brom in 1923.

    This will be the seventh time the reigning Premier League champions have hosted a newly-promoted side in their opening game, with the title holders winning all six of the previous matches.

    Liverpool are unbeaten in a club record 59 Premier League fixtures at Anfield (W48, D11), with their last defeat coming against Crystal Palace in April 2017.

    They are one shy of conceding 2,000 top-flight goals at home.Mohamed Salah can become only the second player to score in his side's opening fixture in four consecutive Premier League seasons. Teddy Sheringham did so with Nottingham Forest in 1992 and Tottenham from 1993 to 1995.Fif**** of Salah's 19 league goals last season were scored at Anfield.

    Leeds United

    The Whites have never lost their first game of a Premier League season, winning five and drawing seven. No team has taken part in as many Premier League campaigns without ever losing their opening match.

    The Yorkshire club last began a top-flight season with a defeat in 1981, when they lost 5-1 at Swansea.The winner of the previous season's Championship has not won their first Premier League game since Sunderland beat Tottenham in 2007 (D3, L9).

    The most recent newly-promoted side to win away at the reigning top-flight champions on the opening day were Notts County against Aston Villa in 1981.Leeds conceded 35 league goals last season, the best defensive record of any Championship winner since QPR in 2010-11, and kept 22 clean sheets.

    Marcelo Bielsa is only the fourth Argentine to manage in the English top flight.Bielsa, 65, will become the second oldest post-war permanent manager to take charge of his first game in the English top flight, behind only Dick Advocaat, who was 67 when he debuted with Sunderland in 2015.

    2 - 0.

    MOT.

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    I wouldn't have thought there was any decision to be made between Meslier and Casiila. Meslier has done nothing wrong yet to even be a discussion topic! If he stuffs up in one of these early fixtures, then fair enough. Will be totally stunned if it goes the other way.....

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    Everywhere we go, everywhere we go.
    Eh Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozwhites View Post
    I wouldn't have thought there was any decision to be made between Meslier and Casiila. Meslier has done nothing wrong yet to even be a discussion topic! If he stuffs up in one of these early fixtures, then fair enough. Will be totally stunned if it goes the other way.....
    Agreed on the Meslier/Cassilla "issue". Would be terrified if the clown was picked to start? but you never know with Bielsa.

    Thinking about the game vs occasion point, the absence of the crowd may work in our favour, giving those with no PL experience a taste of real competition without the added pressure of opposing fans "behaviour" and supporting fans expectations?

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    Hoping you were going to be AWOL today WTF11......
    Liverpool havent lost at home in the league since 2017, so if we goal down, can we keep it in perspective please, rather than ruining everyone elses enjoyment of the moment!
    New season, all to play for!

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    Liverpool must be in the top 10 sides in the world so anything close to competing would be a result for us. A draw would be an amazing result and beyond that fantasy land.

    Will be interesting to see how our possession game works against a team as well known for high presses up the field. Klopp is a great believer that turning over possession that way creates the most goals. They also play long diagonal balls from the back a little like we do so will be interesting to see how we cope with that when done with pace and quality.

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    Fulham 0-1 Arsenal. Fulhsm struggling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherrypie7 View Post
    Fulham 0-1 Arsenal. Fulhsm struggling.
    Fulham 0 - 2 Arsenal. Arsenal score from a corner. Headed in directly from corner.

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    Arsenal scoring from a corner - was it an old school near post flick on?

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    Fulham 0 - 3 Arsenal. Aubemayang.

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