Liverpool VS Leeds Live Football Score Match 29 Oct 2022
Buoyed by confirming their place in the Champions League knockout stages, Liverpool seek a return to winning ways in the Premier League when Leeds United visit Anfield on Saturday evening.
The Reds ran out 3-0 victors over Ajax to confirm a top-two finish in Group A on Wednesday, while Jesse Marsch’s men lost 3-2 to Fulham last time out.Progression into the last-16 of the Champions League will not be taken for granted, according to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, whose side overcame a slow start to hit three past Ajax at their Amsterdam headquarters without reply.
Mohamed Salah beat the onrushing Remko Pasveer, Darwin Nunez made up for an open-goal miss with a well-taken header, and Harvey Elliott fired home from a tight angle to take the pressure off next week’s final group match with an irrepressible Napoli.
Victory in Europe came after the Reds were stung by ex-Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi in a 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest, which leaves Klopp’s side in eighth place in the table ahead of the weekend, 12 points behind leaders Arsenal and five adrift of the top four, albeit with a game in hand over Newcastle United.
Nevertheless, a record of four wins from their last five games represents the best spell of form that an inconsistent and injury-hit Liverpool side have enjoyed all season, and conceding just two goals in their last 450 minutes of football has been a welcome statistic as well.
Furthermore, Klopp’s men are yet to taste defeat at Anfield this season – winning six of their last seven and keeping three straight clean sheets in their last three – and they could stretch their home Premier League unbeaten run to a stellar 30 matches here.Hearing the fans chant the name of your predecessor could not have been easy for Whites manager Jesse Marsch, as a chorus of support for Marcelo Bielsa bellowed out from the Elland Road stands after a painful 3-2 defeat to Fulham piled the pressure on the American’s shoulders.
Rodrigo broke the deadlock on the 20-minute mark, but Willian, Bobby Reid and Aleksandar Mitrovic turned the game on its head for the Cottagers, who comfortably rode out the win despite Crysencio Summerville’s stoppage-time consolation for the Whites.
If Leeds were unfortunate to lose to league leaders Arsenal, there has been nothing questionable about their recent losses to Leicester City or Fulham, and it is now four defeats in a row for Marsch’s men as they languish in 18th in the table – only off the bottom on goal difference.
Not since the third gameweek of the season against Chelsea have Leeds fans witnessed their side win a top-flight match – drawing twice and losing on six occasions since then – and Marsch’s men travel to Merseyside boasting the joint-worst away record in the 2022-23 Premier League. Only Wolverhampton Wanderers have also picked up just one point on the road, but Marsch remains defiantly in his position as he bids to turn Leeds’ fortunes around.
Any hopes of kickstarting a revival this weekend are seemingly slim to none, as Liverpool did the double over Leeds last term by an aggregate score of 9-0 – including a 6-0 win at Anfield in February – and the Whites are now winless in 12 against the Reds since Lee Bowyer and Rio Ferdinand scored in a 2-1 win in April 2001.Liverpool’s long-term absentees Luis Diaz, Arthur, Joel Matip and Diogo Jota all remain out of contention, and Klopp has deemed it too soon for Naby Keita to return, despite the Guinea international’s recent participation in full training.
Ibrahima Konate was back on the bench in midweek but may also need to build up minutes as a substitute first, while Jordan Henderson left the Johan Cruijff ArenA with a painful knock to the knee and will need assessing here.
Thiago Alcantara’s return from an ear infection is timely if Henderson needs a weekend off to let the bruising go down, although it is still unclear if the Spaniard will be fit to start at the weekend, so Curtis Jones or James Milner could still be required in the middle.
Meanwhile, Leeds have long-term injuries of their own to contend with in Stuart Dallas (thigh) and Adam Forshaw (ankle), while Tyler Adams, Archie Gray, Leo Hjelde, Luis Sinisterra, Joe Gelhardt, Rodrigo and Liam Cooper are all doubts for the contest.
Midfield regular Adams will aim to shake off that minor muscular knock to make himself available for the trip to Anfield, where Patrick Bamford and Rasmus Kristensen will both push for recalls to the first XI.
Summerville’s late effort off the bench against Fulham may not be enough to earn him a starting berth this weekend, and Bamford certainly ought to return while concerns linger over Rodrigo and Sinisterra’s fitness.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Salah, Fabinho, Thiago, Elliott; Firmino, Nunez
Leeds United possible starting lineup:
Meslier; Kristensen, Koch, Llorente, Struijk; Adams, Roca; Harrison, Aaronson, Sinisterra; BamfordIt can take a long time to build momentum in the Premier League. However, it takes only 90 minutes to bring it to a shuddering halt. Nevertheless, Liverpool learned something last weekend, as they suffered a third away defeat of the season.
Although Liverpool’s campaign has been indifferent, Leeds’s has been far worse. With no win in eight Premier League attempts, pressure is beginning to mount on the shoulders of manager Jesse Marsch.
Dan Tracey’s 2022-2023 EPL Betting Record: 3-5 (-2 units)
Liverpool vs Leeds Odds
3-way handicap: Liverpool (-351) | Draw (+475) | Leeds (+800)
Draw No Bet: Liverpool (-1110) | Leeds (+550)
Over/Under Goals: Over 2.5 (-290) | Under 2.5 (+205)
Both Teams To Score: Yes (-160) | No (+120)
Liverpool vs. Leeds odds are current as of Oct. 28 on PointsBet Sportsbook.
Current betting lines have sportsbooks leaning heavily toward a Liverpool win on Saturday. However, with a run of 29 home league matches without defeat, this could be a long evening for Leeds.
In addition, the visitors have conceded at least two goals in each of their last five visits to Anfield. So for those looking to build their bankroll, backing over 2.5 seems a rather shrewd move.
Liverpool vs Leeds Betting Tips
Even though Liverpool was humbled last weekend, they managed to do the humbling in midweek. With a convincing win over Ajax as the perfect tonic, it also secured safe passage to the Champions League Round of 16.
That said, a win over Ajax does not solve their domestic issues. Whereas the Merseyside men once held the ability to compete on multiple fronts, this has seemingly deserted them at the start of this season.
Should manager Klopp fail to solve these issues, hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League will have diminished. Although there is plenty of football to be played, he cannot allow his nearest rivals a head start.
Something that Leeds has handed their nearest relegation rivals. With the Elland Road outfit starting the weekend in the bottom three, the atmosphere between the manager and supporters has become rather tense.
The exuberance that Marsch offered soon after his arrival has now burnt away. That exuberance has been converted into frustration. This comes with the realization that the Premier League is strictly a results business.
Should results continue to go against Leeds, the owners will not hesitate to draft a replacement for the former RB Leipzig manager. It was ruthlessness that saw him hired in February, and it is ruthlessness that could soon relieve him of his duties.
In terms of injury news, Liverpool could be without Jordan Henderson and Thiago in midfield. At the same time, Leeds will offer late fitness tests to Tyler Adams and Rodrigo.
Liverpool vs Leeds Prediction
Liverpool 4-0 Leeds
Liverpool’s indifference on the road is not matched on their own turf. Should they avoid defeat on Saturday, it will be 30 home Premier League fixtures without a loss. A run that does not bode well for Leeds.
The Whites are also searching for their first away win of the season. However, a trip to Merseyside will make things difficult, with just one draw from their first five attempts.
After losing to Nottingham Forest, Liverpool will look to take their frustration on the next team that enters their fortress. Poor timing for the visitors, the perfect opposition for the hosts. This is why I am predicting a 4-0 home win.