Liverpool vs Leeds Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 23 Feb 2022
Liverpool finally ended decades of agonising wait by clinching the Premier League title for the first time last term. That was the Reds’ first top-flight triumph in thirty years and the objective will now be to build a model to sustain the success they have enjoyed in the past couple of seasons. The curtains are set to be raised on the 2020/21 Premier League season, less than two months after the end of the elongated 2019/20 top-flight campaign. Saturday’s proceedings will start and end in the capital, but the big fixture of the day will be at the home of the reigning champions as Liverpool play hosts to Leeds United at Anfield.
Liverpool could move to within 3pts of the Premier League leaders Man City on Wednesday night when they play host to a struggle Leeds side. The Yorkshire club have been leaking goals of late and head to Anfield on the back of three defeats and one draw from their last four league games. We’re expecting a comfortable victory for Liverpool in this game as the hosts are in fine form right now, while their guests are clearly struggling. Liverpool have won five of their last seven head-to-heads with Leeds and have kept clean sheets in three of those victories. The hosts have won each of their last six matches in league and cup, keeping clean sheets in three of their last four outings. Leeds, on the other hand, have lost four of their last six matches and have failed to score in three of their last six fixtures.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have already played one competitive fixture this season, losing to Arsenal in the FA Community Shield tie on penalties. Liverpool will now hope to ensure that the sub-par display at Wembley was but a blip, as they get set to kick-start the defence of their Premier League title against Leeds United. Speaking of, Leeds returned to the Premier League after an excruciating 16-year exile after securing the Championship title last season. The Whites will now be eager to ensure they remain in the top tier of English football for a long time, with Marcelo Bielsa set for his first taste of Premier League football.
Liverpool were 3-1 victors the last time they hosted Leeds United in a Premier League contest at Anfield, with Michael Owen, Danny Murphy and Florent Sinama-Pongolle on target for the Reds. Ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter. Jurgen Klopp does not have many pressing injury issues heading into the first day of the 2020/21 Premier League season. Against Leeds United on Saturday, the Liverpool manager will be bereft of the services of just one first-team player, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain nursing a knee injury. Klopp, though, is sweating over the fitness of three other players.
Those players are summer arrival Kostas Tsimikas and captain Jordan Henderson and Xherdan Shaqiri. Shaqiri and Henderson are on their way back from injuries while Tsimikas has recovered from COVID-19. The Liverpool boss has confirmed that the trio will undergo late fitness tests to determine their availability against Leeds. Tsimikas was not expected to start anyway and will have to wait for some time to make his full Liverpool debut. As for Henderson, Klopp is likely to give him ample time to prove his fitness and the Liverpool skipper is unlikely to make it to the starting lineup. Meanwhile, Shaqiri is a backup option for the Reds.
The fitness situations of Henderson means the entire eleven that will take the field against Leeds pretty much picks itself. Alisson Becker will take his place in goal, with the hosts lining up in a 4-3-3 formation. Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are automatic picks as the full-back pairing while Joe Gomez will partner Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the Liverpool defence. Up ahead in midfield, James Milner has a chance to feature against his former club. If the ex-Leeds midfielder turns out for the Reds, he would have participated in each of the Whites’ last 31 Premier League fixtures. Milner, though, will likely be on the bench, with Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum and Naby Keita starting in the three-man midfield.
Finally, in attack, there is no looking past Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in the three-pronged unit. Firmino will lead the line for Liverpool against Leeds, playing the false nine role, while Salah and Mane will be the two wide men looking to cut in and look for scoring opportunities. With hopes of a Premier League title push renewed, Liverpool prepare for battle against Leeds United at Anfield on Wednesday evening. Jurgen Klopp’s side survived a scare to beat Norwich City 3-1 last time out, while the Whites’ efforts against Manchester United were in vain during a 4-2 defeat.
Norwich threatened the shock of all shocks when Milot Rashica’s strike took a significant deflection off Joel Matip into the back of the net, but Liverpool soon found their groove in front of the Kop to pile even more pressure on Manchester City. Sadio Mane’s acrobatic effort preceded Mohamed Salah’s 150th goal in Liverpool colours, and after the old faithful attackers had produced the goods, new arrival Luis Diaz struck his first goal for the club in clinical fashion to round off a simple win.
Following Man City’s surprise home defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur, the 2021-22 title is no longer out of reach for this Liverpool side, who have closed the gap at the top of the table to six points while boasting a game in hand on the reigning champions. Klopp has claimed that the visit of Leeds will represent Liverpool’s most important league match of the season so far, but domestic silverware elsewhere will soon take precedence, as the Reds may already have an eye on the EFL Cup final with Chelsea on February 27.
However, having won each of their last eight matches in all competitions and holding the honour of being the only Premier League side yet to lose a top-flight game at home this season, the Anfield faithful will expect nothing less than another dominant showing against leaky Leeds. From a bruised and bloodied Robin Koch, torrid conditions and a goal-fest, Leeds’ reunion with Man United certainly lived up to the hype, and the Whites threatened quite the turnaround as Rodrigo’s cross-cum-shot and Raphinha’s tap-in cancelled out Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes’s first-half headers.
However, two inspired changes from Ralf Rangnick turned the tide in Man United’s favour, as Fred restored the Red Devils’ lead before Anthony Elanga – who was struck by a coin while celebrating the Brazilian’s goal – calmly slotted home through the legs of Illan Meslier. It was refreshing to see Leeds’ commitment to attacking still very much alive, but that 4-2 loss has done nothing to aid their prospects of a third consecutive season in the Premier League, with Marcelo Bielsa’s men down in 15th and just five points clear of the bottom three.
The Whites have now lost three of their last four in the top flight and have shipped at least three goals in each of their last three, so it will come as no surprise to learn that Bielsa’s breachable defence are still seeking their first clean sheet of 2022. Furthermore, Leeds’ tally of 29 goals conceded on the road this term represents the worst defensive record of its kind in the top flight, and Liverpool eased to a 3-0 win at Elland Road earlier this season to leave the Whites still awaiting their first victory in this fixture since 2001.