LEEDS UNITED VS. LIVERPOOL
| Monday, April 19th |
Premier League | Elland Road
7PM GMT/3PM EST
Liverpool face a crucial run of seven must-win games if they are to retain any hopes of playing at the highest level in Europe next season. Following last week’s Champions League exit, morale will understandably not be at its highest, but our sixth spot in the Premier League table offers a glimmer of opportunity.
Leeds are running on the high of defeating Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the Premier League in their last game. They don’t have much to win or lose, since they aren’t getting relegating and aren’t securing European football either. But as always, they will show up for the entertainment, as Liverpool’s first clash with them this season showed us.
Projected Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago, Milner, Fabinho; Salah, Firmino, Jota
On Liverpool’s injury list are captain Jordan Henderson, and all the senior center-backs, but other than that, for the first time in awhile, there are no new fresh injuries, reported Jurgen Klopp. Hope I didn’t jinx that! Divock Origi and Curtis Jones had fitness issues earlier in the week, but no updates were provided on either.
For Leeds, Raphina’s fitness is in doubt following the Manchester City game, as well as Rodrigo. Captain Liam Cooper will be unavailable as well owing to a red card, and he may be replaced by Pascal Struijk or Robin Koch.
What the Managers Had to Say
Jurgen Klopp: “[Leeds are] leading in all the physical stats in the league - we have to run. We have to work our socks off pretty much to get anything but we will try to prepare for it.”
Marcelo Bielsa: “I think they’re a team who constantly thinks when producing football. They don’t speculate, they attack always and they spend a lot of time attacking and not so much defending. When they have to defend I think they do it well, putting into consideration the amount of energy they expend when attacking. Like every team, they have ups and downs.”
Referee: Anthony Taylor. Assistants: Gary Beswick, Stuart Burt. Fourth official: Lee Mason. VAR: Mike Dean. Assistant VAR: Derek Eaton.
Kickoff is set for 7PM GMT/3PM EST on Monday, and television listings for the match can be found on LiveSoccerTV. In the meantime, we’ll be keeping you updated with all the buildup to the game, including team news as it’s released, our live matchday thread, and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account to have your say on the action as it happens.