Leeds United have been handed the absolute plum tie in their first game back in the Premier League for over 16 years.
It’s the champions of the Championship against the champions of the Premier League in a game that’s being shown live on Sky Sports from Anfield.
And it’s a match that could see former Leeds star James Milner line up against the club where he started his career.
Former Leeds star, Dominic Matteo, who ironically started his career at Liverpool, has claimed that Milner will be desperate to play against Leeds and said, “I bet he’s been in Klopp’s ear, asking to play against Leeds on Saturday.”
Matteo was talking in an Athletic article by Phil Hay, who also discussed the possibility of Milner moving back to Leeds – something Whites fans are desperate to see.
Hay wrote: “The romantics in West Yorkshire wondered if Leeds’ promotion from the EFL in July might bring the club and 34-year-old Milner back together, reunited after 16 seasons apart. Perhaps one day but as it stands, Milner is still what Liverpool need: the high-quality, dependable character who consistently makes a difference.
“Klopp was once told that there is no one quite like his No 7. ‘Exceptional, exceptional,’ Klopp replied. ‘That’s why he has, like, 7,680 Premier League games.’
On Leeds getting promoted, Matteo said: “I doubt many people will have been happier about Leeds getting promoted.
“I know James and I know how big a fan he is. He’ll have loved that. And I bet he’s been in Klopp’s ear, asking to play against Leeds on Saturday.”
What a curtain-raiser!
There’s less than a week to go now before the curtain-raiser – and what a game it’s set to be.
Some Leeds fans might have preferred an easier opening game but not us. We think a trip to Anfield is the perfect introduction back to the top-flight for Leeds.
And we’re sure that the game, that kicks off at 5.30pm on Saturday, will be one of the most-watched of the season.
Everyone wants to see how Leeds get on against Liverpool and there will be plenty of neutrals keen to see Liverpool slip up.
The international break has really disrupted preparations for both managers and it might be a good time to play Liverpool – their first game back and in an empty stadium.
Milner could well start – he started in the Community Shield and he hasn’t been involved in the international matches, so he’ll be fresh and raring to go.
Could Leeds stage a massive upset? It’s possible, but we’d settle right now for a draw – something the bookies have priced up at 5/1.
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