By Mark Smith

10th Sep, 2021 | 4:10pm

Robin Koch will miss Leeds game v Liverpool through injury

Leeds United welcome Liverpool to Elland Road this Sunday afternoon as the Premier League returns after the break.

Marcelo Bielsa has numerous problems to deal with, but it looks as though there are more returning than will be out.

Robin Koch has been ruled out through injury, and Raphinha will be missing as things stand as well.

Phil Hay relayed the news from the press conference on his personal Twitter account, with the defender set to miss out.

“From Bielsa’s press conference – he’s still waiting for news on whether Raphinha can play this weekend,” he wrote.

“Insists the uncertainty isn’t making it difficult for him but no decision yet. Klich, Firpo both available for the Liverpool game, as is Dallas. Koch out injured.”

Problems.

Koch appears to have started the season with yet another problem after missing most of the last campaign.

The German international declined the chance to represent his country over the break, but it doesn’t look to have given him enough time to recover.

Liam Cooper, Diego Llorente and Pascal Struijk all appear to be fit though, so this shouldn’t be too big of a blow for Bielsa.

Koch is yet to feature since that opening day thrashing against Manchester United, and it is clearly becoming a long-term problem.

We are crossing our fingers that this one can be solved very quickly and that we aren’t falling down the same rabbit hole as last season when he missed huge chunks of the campaign.

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