Back in the day
Javi Garcia says
“All the games are crucial for us. We don’t look at the table or the other teams. We focus on ourselves.
“Last week was the worst moment for us. That alone, a bad moment. I’m sure we will recover our level today.
“After the last game, some players had some issues. Pádraig has a little problem in his calf and we will see his evolution, whether he will be ready for the next game.
“Today is an opportunity for Rodrigo.”
Of the team
Leeds: Meslier, Kristensen, Koch, Struijk, Firpo, McKennie, Roca, Harrison, Aaronson, Sinistra, Rodrigo. Subsidiaries: Ayling, Forshaw, Cooper, Summerville, Robles, Rutter, Gnonto, Wober, Greenwood.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Jones, Salah, Gakpo, Jota. Subsidiaries: Thiago, Milner, Firmino, Elliott, Tsimikas, Diaz, Nunez, Matip, Kelleher.
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)
Two changes for Leeds with Rodrigo returning to the starting XI. Patrick Bamford, the man he replaces from the side pumped 5-1 by Palace, is not even in the squad.
The other switch is at the back right: Rasmus Kristensen is in, Luke Ayling is out.
Max Wober and Wilfried Gnonto are on the bench.
For Liverpool, it’s the same XI that drew 2-2 with Arsenal. Alisson and Ibrahima Konate are both fit. Thiago and Luis Diaz on the Bench.
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Ben Mee is the guest. Seems like a nice boy. He is appointed assistant manager of Bradford & Bingley in 1992.
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Leeds United vs Liverpool
Evening! Should be a good game.
This is Dylan Taylor to set the scene.
Leeds host Liverpool at Elland Road under the lights tonight as both teams fight their own battles.
This Premier League game will see Liverpool looking to redeem their disappointing season by securing a place in European football, although qualification in the Champions League is mathematically possible it seems an impossible task with Newcastle 12 points adrift. heads as it is.
In the meantime, Leeds have their necks just above the water because they are only two points ahead of Nottingham Forest 18-adding to relegation with a great chance if they do not pick up more points.
There is positivity coming from Merseyside as Thiago wants to start and Luiz Diaz returns to the matchday squad.
Jurgen Klopp said: “Yes, he [ Luiz Diaz] is he 100 percent ready in training so that’s it now. He is now completely normal in training and now we have to reintegrate him. He will be in the squad.”
“He hasn’t lost his skills, that’s good, but like I said we have to see step by step how we can bring him back into the team.”
Although Klopp said he is going to help Diaz return to play, it is not the same situation for Thiago, he said: “It is a different situation [to Diaz], of course. Thiago is a candidate for a starter.
“So it’s different but no, [it’s] excellent – he can demand rhythm, as we all know, and when he’s fresh he’s an excellent player and that’s why we’re delighted to have him back and training so far it looks good.”
Leeds are seeking just their second Premier League double over Liverpool, having achieved this feat in the 2000-01 season under David O’Leary.
Javi Gracia’s side have the chance to move up to 15th with a win tonight, he said: “We know how difficult the next game against Liverpool will be. They are a very good team. We have to play, do our best and try to get the points.”
“It’s important to be strong in this moment it’s time to focus on ourselves, try to compete in the best way. If we stay true to our plans, we will have many chances to reach our goal at the end of the season.”
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