Fabinho expects to see ‘something more’ from Leeds United on Sunday. Liverpool travel to Elland Road in their fourth Premier League game.
Fabinho believes Leeds United won’t be the same team Liverpool faced at Elland Road last season. He expects Marcelo Bielsa’s side to show ‘something more’.
The Reds went there last season and drew 1-1 in a difficult game. It wasn’t much easier at Anfield, in fact, as Liverpool scraped a 4-3 win thanks to Mohamed Salah’s hattrick.
Fabinho, though, feels it’ll be even more difficult this time around.
Fabinho on Leeds United
“Leeds are a really intense team, a really good team,” he said, per Liverpoolfc.com. “We played there last year without supporters and without fans in it was really tough. It was a tough game, it was 1-1,” he said.
“We know their qualities and I think with the fans it will be something more for them. But, as I said, almost all the games are hard and tough in the Premier League. We want to go there and win the game.”
He’s almost certainly right. Elland Road is one of the most famous grounds in the country and the fans will add an extra boost to Leeds on Sunday.
Last season proved the difference fans can make. The campaign featured empty stadiums for virtually the entire time, of course, and we saw record point hauls from away teams.
And Liverpool themselves know the impact a full crowd can have on you. This will be a tricky Leeds team to face.
One strange effect on the game, however, is that Fabinho almost certainly won’t play. A long-running story involving FIFA and the Brazilian FA is set to leave the Reds without Fabinho, Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino (though, he’s injured anyway) and Leeds without Raphinha.
No matter what, then, this will be a huge test for the Reds.