Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hasn’t had the ideal preparation for the first Premier League game of the season with half the squad away on international duty.
There is a danger that the Reds could be caught cold by a confident Leeds side, led by Marcelo Bielsa, who will make sure his team will come to Anfield with no fear.
In terms of team news, Trent Alexander-Arnold should be fit after featuring in both of England’s games against Iceland and Denmark. However, captain Jordan Henderson remains a doubt after having not played a single minute in preseason due to a knee injury.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will not be in the squad due to his own knee problem, while Kostas Tsimikas is also expected to miss out after reportedly testing positive for COVID-19. Xherdan Shaqiri could also be missing after picking up a knock.
For Leeds, Bielsa only has one major injury concern with Gaetano Berardi likely to be out for an extended period after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury back in July.
The bookmakers make the Reds the heavy favourites with Sky Bet pricing them at 2/7 odds-on for the win. A draw is 11/2 with Betway while a Leeds victory is 21/2 at BetVictor.
Predicted Score – 2-1 to Liverpool