Leeds United 1-1 Liverpool - as it happened: Elland Road draw dominated by European Super League protests
Leeds United host Liverpool in the Premier League at Elland Road on Monday night under the LS11 lights - follow every kick with our matchday blog.
The Whites welcome the reigning top flight champions to West Yorkshire this evening for a highly-anticipated clash.
Headlines ahead of kick-off have been dominated by plans to implement a new European Super League.
Reports emerged on Sunday that the Premier League’s so-called ‘big six’ of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur intended to join a rebel competition.
Those plans were confirmed later that evening, with AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid joining as founding clubs with three more clubs expected to follow before the inaugural season.
Backlash to the plans has been fierce from supporters and pundits alike for the tournament which has been set up to rival the Champions League.
On the pitch, though, Leeds are set to face Liverpool this evening at Elland Road... follow all the latest with our LIVE blog below:
Leeds United v Liverpool - LIVE BLOG
Last updated: Monday, 19 April, 2021, 18:35
- Leeds host Liverpool on Monday night
- Whites sit 10th, Reds are sixth
- Build-up dominated by planned European Super League
- Kick-off is at 8pm in LS11
- FT - Leeds United 1-1 Liverpool
Welcome to tonight’s live Yorkshire Evening Post blog - anything much been happening today in the world of football?
Amid the continued fallout of the proposed plans for a new European Super League, Leeds United have an actual game of football this evening.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side host reigning Premier League champions Liverpool and we will bring you all the build-up, in-game updates and post-match reaction right here.
Leeds United team news
Club captain Liam Cooper is suspended for tonight’s game after his straight red card against Manchester City.
Rodrigo (muscle) remains doubtful while winger Raphinha was due to be assessed ahead of kick-off after picking up a thigh injury at the Etihad.
Adam Forshaw remains the only long-term absentee but the midfielder made a long-awaited competitive comeback on Friday for the club’s development squad.
Liverpool team news
Liverpool have no fresh concerns ahead of their fixture in West Yorkshire.
Captain Jordan Henderson (hip), Curtis Jones (muscle), Divock Origi (muscle) and Caoimhin Kellerher (abdominal) remain sidelined.
Long-term absentees Virgil van Dijk (knee) and Joel Matip are making progress while Joe Gomez (knee) returned to training this week but Leeds will come too soon for the defender.
What Marcelo Bielsa has said
“I like to see Liverpool play,” Bielsa said in his pre-match press conference. “They always play in the same manner. For me, that’s big praise for a team. There’s no player in their team not prepared to receive the ball and manage it anywhere.
“They have a big offensive power. Their full-backs are wingers. Their wingers are centre-forwards, throughout moments in the game. Their midfielders on the inside attack out wide or on the inside in the same manner.
“After there’s three players providing defensive equilibrium with the two centre-backs and DM. They’re a team constantly producing good football. Don’t speculate, attacks always.
“A lot of time attacking and not so much defending. Like every team, they have ups and downs.”
What Jurgen Klopp has said
“This Leeds team is really special,” Klopp told reporters during his pre-match press conference.
“They are not the most experienced team in the world but they have a very experienced manager. Most of the players are playing the Premier League for the first time so they have to go through a process.
“Against City they could have scored seven, eight, nine (after going down to 10 men), on another day City score that, but they defended it really well. It was exceptional but Leeds are a really good side managed by one of the best and that obviously helps.”
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Predicted Leeds United XI
YEP predicted XI v Liverpool: Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Struijk, Alioski; Phillips; Dallas, Roberts, Raphinha, Harrison; Bamford.