After being held to a frustrating draw against Chelsea before the international break, Liverpool will be aiming to relaunch their Premier League campaign by claiming victory against Leeds this Sunday.
The Reds had an opportunity to claim three wins from three before the recent competition hiatus, but Jurgen Klopp’s men failed to make a one-man advantage count in the second half as the European champions held on for a 1-1 draw.
Liverpool would have regrouped, though, and were boosted by the news at the end of August that captain Jordan Henderson has signed a new long-term contract with the club, reportedly keeping him tied to the club until 2025.
Henderson is the sixth senior Liverpool player to extend his contract in the last few weeks, and these re-signings remain at the core of the Reds’ vision for success this season.
Many critics have raised their eyebrows at Liverpool’s lack of transfer activity at a time when other title rivals Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have strengthened their squads significantly in the window.
Centre-back Ibrahima Konate has been the only addition to Klopp’s squad after a £36 million move from RB Leipzig.
Yet Klopp has continued to reiterate that Liverpool will be working with what they’ve got.
“We cannot spend money we don’t have. We cannot, the others can but we can’t. That’s my information,” the Liverpool boss explained ahead of the new season.
“Chelsea are not hiding their ambitions, Man United isn’t, City isn’t. We don’t want to hide our ambitions because we want to fight for everything and in this moment it will be a massive fight.”
When Leeds and Liverpool met last season it was a competitive affair, with the Reds managing a 4-3 win at home, but they were also held to a 1-1 draw on the road.
Ahead of this weekend’s rematch, the good news for Liverpool is that Virgil van Dijk is fully fit to face Leeds after an injury scare during international duty, while veteran James Milner could make a triumphant return to Elland Road
However, Liverpool are set to be without their three Brazilian stars in goalkeeper Alisson Becker, midfielder Fabinho and forward Roberto Firmino as the result of a request from the Brazilian FA after the trio were blocked from reporting for international duty due to quarantine concerns.
Nevertheless, this Sunday will present another opportunity for Liverpool to build on their promising start to the Premier League, while setting their sights on a result that would mark their first league win at Elland Road since October 2002.
Sunday’s match at Elland Road kicks off at 5pm.