Mark Lawrenson has tipped an unhappy return to the top flight for Leeds United in their first game against Liverpool.
Lawrenson was speaking for the first Premier League Predictions of the season on the BBC Sport website, when he said he thinks that Leeds will lose 2-0 against the Premier League champions.
The former Liverpool defender has admitted he is looking forward to watching Leeds compete in the Premier League, and that he loves the way Marcelo Bielsa’s side play.
He also said that new signing Rodrigo and Pablo Hernandez are the players to watch when Marcelo Bielsa’s side travel to Anfield.
He said: “Leeds are another team I’ve seen a lot of in the Championship and I’m looking forward to seeing how they get on in the top flight. I love the way they play.
“They are very Liverpool-like in terms of their pressing and their pace and I don’t see them struggling at all, even if this is an especially difficult opening game for them.
“I like the look of Leeds’ new striker Rodrigo and keep an eye out for Pablo Hernandez in midfield, who you might remember from his time with Swansea in the Premier League a few years back.
“He is 35 now and doesn’t start many games, but what a player he is when he comes off the bench – he has got fantastic vision and sees things no-one else in that team sees.”
Leeds will play Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening, in their first top flight game in 16 years.
The last time Leeds and Liverpool met in the Premier League was February 2004, when the sides drew 2-2 at Elland Road. Eirik Bakke and Mark Viduka scored the goals for the Whites.
It goes without saying how dangerous Liverpool are, especially at Anfield, and despite their lack of recruitment this summer, they still look to be the team to beat in 2020/21.
Leeds will have to put in the performance of a lifetime to be the first team to win at Anfield in the league since April 2017.
The Leeds players will be looking forward to the game despite how the odds are stacked against them, as playing in the Premier League is all about testing yourself against the best in the country, where better to start than the Premier League champions?
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