The 20/21 season begins tomorrow, with teams racing to get fit after a very short break. The most anticipated game of the weekend is between champions Liverpool and championship winners Leeds United at Anfield.
It’s been a busy transfer window for Premier League teams so far and still more drama is expected as the window winds down. Notable teams that have been busy are Chelsea and Everton with each team securing at least two or more additions. It’s really been unique circumstances with most teams facing financial difficulties due to the Covid pandemic at the same time trying to balance that with the need of strengthen their squads. Despite all that the 20/21 season is a go without fans at the moment but the situation could change as the season proceeds.
Leeds return the EPL after a 16 years stint couldn’t get off to a tougher start with a trip to the home of the reigning Champions Liverpool and just like last season, Liverpool will begin with a home match against the winners of the Championship. An exciting fixture with the ability to light up the start of the season. Jurgen Klopp will come head-to-head for the first time with the godfather of systemic and intense pressing Marcelo Bielsa with Klopp admitting that they (Leeds) can be and will be very very uncomfortable to play against. Bielsa is well known for his detailed and intense training of course accompanied with dossiers!
The visitors certainly have a good record on the opening day, having played more games on matchday one without losing than any other team in Premier League history, winning five and drawing seven of their previous 12. On the other hand Liverpool too have a great record at home where they are unbeaten since April 2017!!
In terms of formations, Klopp is know for his preferred 4-3-3 formation though during the pre season he’s been experimenting using the 4-2-3-1 formation which really worked especially for players like Minamino and Keita and just maybe we will be seeing a new formation as the season progresses. On the other hand Bielsa has favored the 4-1-4-1 formation accompanied by his philosophy of score more goals than your opponent!
Both teams have different motivations/goals for this season with Liverpool looking to retain the title and Leeds looking to remain on the top flight of English football.
Liverpool-Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain are unavailable due to injuries
Leeds- Most of the team is available with their marquee signing Rodrigo expected to make his debut.
I’m looking forward to the tactical warfare between Bielsa and Klopp where both teams will relish the challenge and it will hence translate to a great watch!
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