Liverpool will not only have Virgil van Dijk and Harvey Elliott fit vs. Leeds United tomorrow evening but FIFA has overturned its ban now that Brazil has withdrawn its complaint against Alisson and Fabinho.
Common sense has prevailed and Liverpool will have their Brazilian stars available for selection against Marcelo Bielsa’s men and I believe this virtually guarantees Jurgen Klopp’s men their first win after the international break.
Thankfully, the Reds will have close to a full squad to choose from on Sunday with the only absentees set to be James Milner, Takumi Minamino and Roberto Firmino but none are long-term injuries.
Paul Joyce initially reported that all South American players have been cleared by their confederations to play this weekend after Mexico, Chile and Brazil withdrew their complaints and lifted their five-day restrictions.
This means that Liverpool will not need to call on Adrian or Kelleher which was a concern for some fans after a report from the Mirror and Klopp’s midfield selection just got a little bit trickier as there is only one spot available and now he has to choose between Thiago, Naby Keita, Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
While I think having Alisson and Fabinho strengthen Liverpool hugely, there must be no underestimating Leeds especially given how they debuted in the Premier League last season with a 4-3 loss against the Reds.
They’re a fearless side and while that sometimes plays against them, they’re so brave and will hurt sides that don’t pay them the respect they deserve which is why I still think Klopp needs to take a leaf out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s book from the first day of this season.
United destroyed Leeds and Liverpool have all the tools to do the same thing to them as they can keep them pinned inside their own half with heavy metal pressing a la 2017/18 Liverpool even if will require a minor tweak to their tactics.
Salah will be hungry for goals after a two-week break as will Jota, who was initially benched against Chelsea but if the Portuguese starts and scores, he’ll have three goals in three starts this season.