Leeds United will be hoping to earn their first Premier League win of the season when they host Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
It’s poised to be an electric atmosphere at Elland Road as Marcelo Bielsa’s side prepare to return to action after the international break.
Leeds face a Reds side who have started the season positively, winning their opening two matches before drawing against Chelsea on August 28 to maintain an unbeaten start.
With Leeds set to miss Raphinha due to a Fifa ruling, Liverpool are set to be without three players for the same reason, with Brazil’s Alisson, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho all involved.
Virgil van Dijk limped off in Netherlands’ 6-1 demolition of Turkey but will be available whilst they still nurse a number of other injury concerns, including Firmino, ahead of the clash.
This may force Jurgen Klopp to rotate his pack and would have a selection headache as he looks to continue what has been a positive opening month.
Alisson’s impending five-day ban due to not featuring for Brazil on international duty could provide Caoimhin Kelleher the perfect opportunity to make his first appearance of the season.
The Irishman was excellent in Alisson’s absence last term and would likely be preferred to Adrian should the former Roma stopper be unable to play.
Moving into defence and Trent Alexander-Arnold is among the world’s best right-backs and his place in the team is secure, as is fellow full-back Andy Robertson on the left despite the recent emergence of Kostas Tsimikas.
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Virgil van Dijk will be available after picking up a knock for his country and his partner would be Joel Matip, who has returned to the fray after recovering from their respective injuries.
But Joe Gomez will be vying for a starting spot, whilst Ibrahima Konate is yet to start a game for his new club following a big-money switch from RB Leipzig.
Midfield seems to be the most tricky department to predict at the moment, with Klopp going with changed trios in the opening three games of the campaign.
As Fabinho is set to miss the clash, Jordan Henderson should slot straight into a more deeper role, with Harvey Elliott and Thiago Alcantara just in front.
There is also Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones all fighting for a place, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Klopp further rotates his pack to suit Leeds’ high-pressing approach.
The forward line is arguably Klopp’s easiest decision to make, with Klopp confirming that Firmino is out through injury, although he would’ve been set to miss the game due to the ban.
Mohamed Salah, who has scored twice so far, will start on the right-wing, whilst Sadio Mane has impressed on the left, netting in the win over Burnley on August 21.
To complete the front-three, Diogo Jota is likely to be preferred ahead of Divock Origi and would provide the Whites with a different threat compared to Firmino.
Here is the ‘predicted Liverpool XI’ to face Leeds this weekend should Alisson and Fabinho miss out due to their impending ban.
Liverpool’s predicted XI for the Leeds game: Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Elliott, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Mane.
Subs: Adrian, Gomez, Konate, Williams, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita, Jones, Phillips, Tsimikas.