Liverpool vs Leeds United predicted as Jürgen Klopp unleashes exciting,: At last, the international break is over. Liverpool are back. And so is the debate over who should play as Jürgen Klopp’s Reds travel to Yorkshire to take on Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United. After a drawn-out saga, the Brazil stars affected by the threat of the FIFA banwill be available for selection. That means Fabinho and Alisson come into contention for Liverpool, while Leeds will be able to call on the services of Raphinha.
Elsewhere for Liverpool and Klopp, there are question marks all over the field, with AC Milan and Crystal Palace later in the week also having to come into the thinking. Kostas Tsimikas can expect to play one of the three matches, but should it be this one? Likewise, which of the three games will Harvey Elliott play, and when is the right time to drop in Ibrahima Konaté and Joe Gomez?
Roberto Firmino’s injury, at least, makes the front line a little easier to choose… Matt Addison – Shuffle the pack at centre-backith the Brazilian duo of Alisson and Fabinho playing, that makes things considerably easier. They are both straight in the XI, for me, with few changes elsewhere to what would be the strongest Reds line-up. At the back, I’m playing Andy Robertson in this one; Tsimikas can get the Crystal Palace game next weekend. Trent Alexander-Arnold has had a rest while on international duty so he can play all three.
Joe Gomez comes in at the back to partner Virgil van Dijk, because Joël Matip can’t play three games in a week and I want him for AC Milan. Thiago edges out Elliott and Naby Keïta in midfield, with the former playing for me against Palace, and the latter against Milan, while the front three is the front three with Firmino missing. My starting XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Thiago, Henderson; Salah, Jota, Mané
James Martin – Take it easy with Robertson Klopp’s selection headache has been made far less severe by the breakthrough with Brazil and FIFA, but there are still plenty of things to think about. The main question mark arguably comes at left-back. Robertson’s rapid recovery from ankle ligament damage was a huge boost, but there is no need to take needless risks. Unsurprisingly, the Scotland captain was selected for all three of his country’s fixtures over the break; Tsimikas has earned the manager’s trust over the last few weeks, and this is the ideal time to ease the strain on Robertson.
Otherwise, stability is pretty much the order of the day. Van Dijk has insisted he is fully fit after a Netherlands scare, and rhythm is important after his long lay-off. Matip’s self-imposed Cameroon hiatus makes him a logical choice following the internationals. Leeds could fail to win any of their first four top-flight matches in a season for the first time since 1958-59 They could also equal their longest winless run in the league under Marcelo Bielsa However, Bielsa’s side are unbeaten in seven top-flight matches at Elland Road (W3, D4). They haven’t fared better since a 15-game streak in 2001 Patrick Bamford is on 98 career league goals and has scored four times in his last seven Premier League appearances. Liverpool’s 13-match unbeaten league run is currently the longest in the division (W10, D3). They have won seven of their past eight away league games, including their last four in a row. Mohamed Salah is one away from becoming the 30th player to reach 100 Premier League goals – and just the second African to reach the milestone after Didier Drogba. He could become the fifth quickest player to reach the milestone, having played 161 games, behind Alan Shearer (124), Harry Kane (141), Sergio Aguero (147) and Thierry Henry (160). Trent Alexander-Arnold has created an unrivalled 15 chances in the league so far this season.