With pre-season over, Liverpool will be looking to kick off their Premier League title defence on a positive note when they host Leeds United on Saturday at 5:30pm.
The 2019/20 campaign was a season many Liverpool fans will never forget, finally ending their 30-year-old wait for a title, and doing so with relative ease.
Unlike many of their rivals, the Reds had a pretty busy pre-season, playing four games between the end of 2019/20 and the start of the new campaign. Two wins against VfB Stuttgart and Blackpool, 3-0 and 7-2 respectively, were accompanied by a 2-2 draw with Red Bull Salzburg and the penalty shootout defeat to Arsenal in the Community Shield.
The Reds have not been too busy in the transfer window so far, only signing left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas from Olympiacos, though they are being linked with more business before the October deadline. But now attention turns to the Premier League and whether Liverpool can build towards a successful defence, starting against newly-promoted Leeds on the opening weekend.
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Since Leeds’ relegation in 2004, Liverpool have faced the Whites on just two occasions, both coming in the League Cup and ending with victory for the Reds. Liverpool are also unbeaten against Leeds in their past eight meetings, last losing 2-1 in 2001, and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that stays the case ahead of a tricky start to the season.
Following the visit of Leeds, Liverpool travel to Chelsea just over a week later before facing another London side in Arsenal the following gameweek. A trip to Villa Park follows before the first Merseyside derby of the season at Goodison Park, against an Everton side that have improved over the transfer window.
- Liverpool v Leeds (Saturday, 12/09): Sky Sports Premier League/ Sky Sports Main Event
- Chelsea v Liverpool (Sunday, 20/09): Sky Sports Premier League/ Sky Sports Main Event
- Liverpool v Arsenal (Monday, 28/09): Sky Sports Premier League/ Sky Sports Main Event
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Liverpool player in focus: Georginio Wijnaldum
Although there has been a tight turnaround between the two seasons, transfer rumours have been rife, and recently the future of Georginio Wijnaldum has come into doubt.
Wijnaldum has been an important, perhaps even under-appreciated, part of Liverpool’s successful side over the past few seasons, helping them to win the Champions League and Premier League. The Dutch midfielder played all but one of Liverpool’s league games last season, starting 35 in total. But the Reds are now being linked with signing Thiago from Bayern Munich, and Wijnaldum is the midfielder many expect he will be replacing, particularly as he has one year remaining on his contract.
In fact, the Dutchman is currently being linked with a move away from Liverpool, with Barcelona leading the race for his signature according to reports. Such a move would allow Wijnaldum to link up with Ronald Koeman, who managed the midfielder for the Netherlands national team and supposedly wants to use him in a pivotal role.
Liverpool and Wijnaldum have been negotiating a new deal for some time now without ever making any real breakthrough. When asked about the player’s future at the end of August, Klopp told reporters: “That’s an open contract situation, obviously, otherwise we would know.
“That means we don’t talk about it, that’s all. I never did, so why should I change it now? That’s all between us and the player, and all these kinds of things.
“It’s all good in the moment, it’s all fine. Gini looked very good in the pre-season, played obviously a couple of good seasons for us, so that’s all I can say about that.”