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Liverpool vs Leeds: Predicting starting XI, £48m Keita to start, 25-year-old Minamino drops to the bench

Liverpool will take on newly-promoted Leeds United at Anfield on Saturday in the first game of the brand new Premier League season.

The Reds kick-start the 2020-21 campaign as the defending champions and they will look to become just the fourth team to defend their title successfully.

It’s been a quiet transfer window for Liverpool so far, but Jurgen Klopp has kept confidence in his squad that won the league on a quarter last season.

Leeds are an exciting team to watch under Marcelo Bielsa, and after a 16-year absence, they are expected to have a significant impact upon their return to the Premier League.

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As he continues to work for full match fitness, Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson is expected to take his place on the bench. Joel Matip also should be accompanying him on the bench.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continues to undergo rehabilitation for injuries to his leg. For some time now, Xherdan Shaqiri has been missing from training and is unlikely to appear in the squad of the match.

Naby Keita impressed in the pre-season and for him this could be a big season. Liverpool paid £ 48 m to win his signature but couldn’t justify his price tag.

Takumi Minamino also impressed during the pre-season but it is doubtful that the 25-year-old would start ahead of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Predicted starting line-up for Liverpool: Alisson, Virgin van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Keita, Fabinho, Salah, Mane and Firmino.

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