LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 12, 2020: Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson during the pre-match warm-up before the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Leeds: Henderson returns from injury to start

Jurgen Klopp has named Jordan Henderson in his starting side as Liverpool kick off their Premier League campaign at home to newly promoted Leeds this evening.

The Reds are kicking off their title defence, or the attack on the next, at home, but tonight’s game will again be played behind closed doors.

Ahead of the game, Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa, not inaccurately, claimed that “Anfield is only Anfield when it is full,” but Klopp will be eager for his side to prove that is not the case.

Today is, arguably, one of Liverpool’s first meaningful games since the title was won back in June, and as such a renewed impetus should be expected.

Klopp’s desire to win is reflected in his starting lineup, with Alisson between the sticks and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson ahead of the Brazilian.

Henderson anchors the midfield, joined by Gini Wijnaldum and Naby Keita.

With the manager looking to start with a 4-3-3 formation, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino line up in attack.

This season will see the Premier League revert to 18-man matchday squads with only three substitutions permitted per game, which restricts opportunities for Klopp’s youngsters and squad players.

But the likes of Curtis Jones and Takumi Minamino will be hoping to make an impact from the bench if needed.

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita; Salah, Mane, Firmino

Substitutes: Adrian, Matip, Milner, Fabinho, Jones, Minamino, Origi

Leeds: Meslier; Ayling, Koch, Struijk, Dallas; Phillips, Klich, Hernandez; Harrison, Costa, Bamford

Substitutes: Casilla, Casey, Alioski, Poveda, Shackleton, Roberts, Rodrigo

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