Leeds United returned to the Premier League with a bang on Saturday, pushing Liverpool all the way in a 4-3 defeat at Anfield.
Marcelo Bielsa was handed a blow when it was confirmed that Liam Cooper would be missing, leading to Pascal Struijk partnering Robin Koch in defence.
Record signing Rodrigo had to settle for a place on the bench, which was missing the likes of Barry Douglas despite his experience.
The Scottish left-back was pictured watching the game at home after going on a fast-paced run on Saturday morning – suggesting there were no injury problems.
Phil Hay claimed that it was nothing short of a tactical decision to leave Douglas out of the squad, and his fitness should be no problem moving forward.
The Athletic journalist confirmed the news on a post-match Q&A, with Cooper also missing out with a minor calf strain.
Having the experience of Douglas on the bench ready to come on could have worked well for Leeds, who missed out in the final few minutes of the clash.
Looking at the bench that Bielsa chose, it was full of youthful options alongside Rodrigo and Ezgjan Alioski.
Considering Stuart Dallas was always going to start at left-back, Alioski was deemed suitable cover for the Northern Irish international.
Dallas did struggle against Mohamed Salah in the second half and was dribbled past twice, and having Douglas to bring on could have helped Leeds double up on the Egyptian.
Oliver Casey was the only other defender on the bench, and we expect Douglas to start against Hull and return to his substitute role against Fulham.
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