Leeds United news as former England striker has Whites warning for Liverpool and pundits verdict

Here are the Leeds United morning headlines on Sunday, September 12, 2021.

Former England striker expects Bamford response

Patrick Bamford made his long-awaited England debut during the week in the Three Lions’ 4-0 win against Andorra.

After having a quiet game at Wembley, the Leeds striker will be desperate to get back amongst the goals as Liverpool make the trip to Elland Road on Sunday, something Kevin Phillips expects him to do.

The former Sunderland striker told Football Insider : ““He will get opportunities for Leeds and he will score goals, that’s his job.

“Let’s remember he has been criticised before and look how he answered his critics last season.

“I expect him to come back firing on cylinders against Liverpool.”

Pundits expect tough test for Leeds

Although their home record against the so-called ‘Big Six’ was so impressive last season, the Whites go into the match against Jurgen Klopp’s side as big underdogs.

A 1-1 draw was the result in corresponding fixture last term and, after a slow start, Leeds supporters would be all too happy for the same result this afternoon.

Both Paul Merson and Michael Owen have predicted a win for the Reds on their travels.

Writing in his BetVictor column, Owen predicted a 2-1 away win: “Bielsa’s men will no doubt be full of energy, meaning Liverpool may have to be patient early on. It’s great to watch Leeds, and when their game-plan comes off, it must be applauded.

“That said, they could play into Liverpool’s hands here. Come at the Reds and they have all the tools to take you apart.

“This is one game where I can definitely see goals, and I think it’ll be the Reds that take the points back to Merseyside.”

Merson was less hopeful of a spirited display from the hosts claiming that he cannot see anything other than a Liverpool win in West Yorkshire.

Former Barcelona captain in Bielsa agreement

Bielsa was one of a number of top-flight managers to criticise the controversy created over the last week regarding the banning of South American players from club involvement.

Whilst the Brazilian players, including Raphinha, were eventually cleared to play this weekend after much debate, the ruling set an unattractive precedent, one that the Leeds manager was not happy about.

Barcelona and Spain legend Carles Puyol voiced his agreement at what Bielsa had said in his pre-match press conference on Twitter.

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