No better time for Leeds United to visit Liverpool says former Reds and Whites defender

FORMER Whites and Reds defender Stephen Warnock feels there is no better time for Leeds United to be playing an away fixture at Liverpool given the club's famous Anfield home will be without fans.

Saturday, 12th September 2020, 12:47 pm
Updated Saturday, 12th September 2020, 12:50 pm

United's first game back in the Premier League after a 16-year absence comes with Saturday evening's clash at the newly-crowned champions of England with Jurgen Klopp's Reds no bigger than 1-3 to take all three points.

Marcelo Bielsa's Whites can be backed at 10-1 but Warnock feels Leeds will at least benefit from the fact that games are still being played behind closed doors in the country's ongoing battle against COVID-19.

"There's no better time to play Liverpool and the reason I say that is because of no fans in the ground," former Whites captain Warnock told the YEP.

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EMPTY: Liverpool's famous Anfield home will be without fans for Leeds United's Premier League return on Saturday evening. Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images.

"I honestly believe with the way football is going at the moment that you don't get the advantage of being at home at the moment, there is no home advantage for me

"I think when you go out on that pitch now you are as equal as anything so it's the best time to play.

"You can imagine a packed Anfield with the fans coming back after winning the league, the first game of the title defence at Anfield against Leeds with Leeds' passionate fans there.

"Anfield would be an absolute cauldron but that's not the case and I just think that if there was ever a good time to play Liverpool then this is the time to play them."

The draw can be backed at 27-5 in this evening's 5.30pm kick-off whilst Mo Salah is 11-4 favourite to score first with Sadio Mane next at 4s.

United duo Rodrigo and Patrick Bamford can both be backed at 12s to net the game's first goal.

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Thank you Laura Collins