KLOPP WARNS LIVERPOOL TO STAY IN THEIR GAME AHEAD THE MATCH AGAINST LEEDS
This might be another step for Liverpool to get closer to the championship title or the first win for Leeds after 4 unfruitful matches.
Liverpool’s Premier League match against Leeds was postponed due to COVID-19 cases in Marcelo Bielsa’s squad, but now it is set that Liverpool to host Leeds on Wednesday, February 23 at Anfield, with kickoff at 7.45 pm, or Thursday, 24 February 2022, 02.45 pm West Indonesia Time.
Liverpool definitely suffered after a defeat by Norwich last Saturday, but the Reds clicked into gear pretty soon after, securing a 3-1 victory that saw them gain three points on league leaders Man City. With Man City's surprise home defeat against Tottenham Hotspur, the current champion title is no longer out of reach for this Liverpool as the gap now is only six points.
However, with forwards Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota both injured, the Reds are expected to field the same front three who started against Norwich, with new signing Luis Diaz linking up with Sadio Mane and Mo Salah on the back of scoring his first Premier League goal for the club at the weekend.
On the other hand, Leeds Utd suffered a loss by bitter rivals Man Utd on Sunday at Elland Road, but after coming from 0-2 down to draw level in the second half, their poor defense let the visitors emerge 2-4 winners. In that match, Brazilian winger Raphinha was surprisingly named on the bench, before coming on to score in the second half.
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Liverpool should remain on their game
Leeds might be winless in its previous four matches but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp remains wary of the threat Marcelo Bielsa's men carry. The German said that if Liverpool were not on their game, then "Leeds will eat you."
"Leeds fight to stay in this league and they really never give up so we have to make sure we cannot help tomorrow. We have a lot of work to do," he said in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
"Leeds man-mark all over the pitch so if you are not in the game then Leeds will eat you. They are leading in 3 decisive Premier League running stats. You have to be ready for these runs and they never give up on top of that. Some spectacular results in both directions," Klopp added.
After earning a promotion in 2020, Leeds went 44 consecutive league games - with 11 men on the pitch. Klopp also claimed that the visit of Leeds will represent Liverpool's most important league match of the season so far. However, the Reds may already have an eye on the EFL Cup final with Chelsea on February 27.
Having won each of their last eight matches in all competitions, the Anfield fans will expect another dominant showing against Leeds.
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