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Liverpool begin their title defence at home to Leeds on Saturday evening.
Klopp led the Merseysiders to their first Premier League title in style last season. Ultimately, they finished 18 points ahead of second-placed Man City. He’ll hope to be able to repeat the trick but Leeds will be up for this one.
After a 16 year absence, Leeds are back in the top flight. Marco Bielsa cemented his legacy by finally winning promotion. Thankfully, recent years have shown that a good finish is possible for newly promoted teams. For example, Wolves and Sheffield United both managed top-half finishes in their first season.
The arrival of Rodrigo is a sign of good intentions. The striker will bring a danger with him that Leeds are going to need. Bielsa will not be content with promotion though. Instead, we can expect Leeds to take the game to teams. It’ll be baptism by fire for Leeds in Anfield.
Can Liverpool go Back-to-Back?
In the last decade, only one team managed to retain their title. Man City did it in 2018/19 but it took 98 points. It’s entirely possible that Liverpool could replicate this but they can’t afford to let up. Other teams have strengthened in the offseason. Chelsea and Man United have bolstered their squads through transfers. Elsewhere, Arsenal will be fuelled by their Community Shield win last week.
Man City have been active in the transfer market too. Their defence was highlighted as a weak point last season. As a result, Guardiola has brought in Prem-proven Nathan Aké. In addition, rumours that Napoli’s Koulibaly is a target should be taken seriously.
in contrast, Liverpool have been quiet in the market so far. Konstantinos Tsimikas has come in to backup Andy Robertson. On the other hand, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana have gone elsewhere. With a packed fixture list, Klopp will need a full squad. Youngsters such as Rhian Brewster, Neco Williams, Harvey Elliott, and Curtis Jones will are good offerings to have. However, over the course of a season, experience will come in handy. If they do manage to land Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich, it will be a huge boost.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Djik, Robertson, Fabinho, Milner, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Mané
Leeds: Meslier, Dallas, Ayling, Cooper, Douglas, Kalvin-Phillips, Costa, Klich, Hernandez, Harrison, Bamford
Liverpool vs Leeds, Saturday 17:30 (Anfield). Live on Sky Sports.
Betting: Liverpool 1/4, Draw 5/1, Leeds 8/1.
Half Time/Full Time: Draw/Liverpool 3/1. (Paddy Power)
Take a look at all the moves in the summer transfer window ahead of the 2020/21 season 👀
— Premier League (@premierleague) September 3, 2020