Leeds Utd V Anfield Red Sox Match Thread - Jack Harrison and Pascal Struijk come into the side
15 Apr 2021 08:39 am, by Ellandback1
Monday 19th April 20:00 | Elland Road
Leeds will be without the services of Brazilian wizard Raphinha when Anfield Red Sox are the visitors to Elland Road on Monday evening. The game now having added spice with crowds congregating outside the stadium to protest the Liverpool clubs involvement in the European Super League.
For Leeds winger Raphinha is expected to be sidelined for up til a month following being chopped down in mid flight by Fernandinho at the weekend. He joins record signing Rodrigo on the treatment table with a similar thigh injury. Leeds skipper Liam Cooper serves the first of a three game ban after getting sent off at the weekend. Bielsa has the luxury of picking two from Struijk, Llorente and Koch but will stick with the pairind of Llorente and Struijk who started the second half against City. Luke Ayling will take the Captains armband. Jack Harrison will return to the starting line up. The 24 year old was unable to play against his parent club at the weekend. osta is expected to fill in on the right wing as Raphinha's replacement. Long term absentee Adam Forshaw recently returned to action playing in a friendly against York City and in the U23 game against Aston Villa on Friday night. He will be further put through his paces with the U23's before being unleashed into the first team, though he did look sharp.
Following their exit from Europe at the hands of Real Madrid; Jurgen Klopp's men will want to make a mission statement. The current Champions are in sixth place, eleven points behind second place Manchester United, with seven games left. They will have to fight tooth and nail if they want Champions League football next season, though that may not be such as an incentive anymore as they have been announced as one of the 12 teams set to form a breakaway European Super League. Manager Jurgen Klopp is boosted by the news that he has no new injury concerns to contend with but Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk remain on the sidelines.
Last time out, Leeds first game back in the top flight, was a frantic 4-3 victory to Liverpool, though Leeds were unlucky not to come away with at least a point. Without Salah it would have been a different story for the Anfield side, he was outstanding but Pascal Struijk and Luke Ayling kept Mané and Firmino quiet for most of the game. Leeds scored the better goals in that encounter, Liverpool were pushed hard all game and restricted to set-pieces whilst Harrison and Klich’s efforts will be worthy contenders for goal of the season. Liverpool may have taken the points but Leeds will came away with the plaudits.
Leeds have won just one of their last 11 home games against Liverpool in all competitions. Liverpool are one short of becoming the first club to record 50 top-flight victories against Leeds. Leeds have kept only one clean sheet in their last 21 competitive matches versus Liverpool. Following their 2-1 win at Manchester City last week, Leeds could become just the second side in Premier League history to beat the league leaders and the reigning champions in consecutive matches, after Everton beat Chelsea and Manchester United in February 2010. Leeds are aiming to win four top-flight games in a row within the same season for the first time since April 2001. No side has scored more Premier League goals from outside the box than the 12 Leeds have this season.
Leeds Starting XI
Meslier, Ayling, Struijk, Llorente, Alioski, Phillips, Dallas, Harrison, Roberts, Costa, Bamford
Subs: Casilla, Berardi, Davis, Koch, Shackleton, Klich, Poveda, Hernandez, Gelhardt