Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has focused on preparing his side for the high-intensity challenge posed by Leeds as he gets ready for his first experience of a fan-filled Elland Road.

Both matches last season against Marcelo Bielsa's side were tough encounters; the Reds prevailing in a thrilling 4-3 opening-day home victory against the Premier League newcomers before being held to a 1-1 draw in the run-in which looked to have dented their top-four hopes.

Klopp has been working on a plan to combat Leeds’ pressure game but with so little time to do so with the full squad because of the international break, he knows they may have to rely on their own quality to get a result.

"We had – with some players now – a week’s time to prepare for it and some only came back training on Thursday so we have two sessions where we can probably prepare for it," Klopp told

"The game itself is already tricky. We saw in the last two games against them, my first time playing against Leeds, it was really exciting.

"They have a specific way of playing the game with strict man-marking idea defending, very flexible and very brave, very dynamic in possession.

"Against Leeds (it’s) high intense, they go for it. They are good in possession, I think, so far, second or third in possession.

"It’s a really good team and we have to be at our best to get something there.

"They don’t have the points yet they want to have but they for sure think they have a good chance against us. But they didn’t play us yet this season.

"We are hopefully good, as good as we can, and then we are difficult to play. When we are difficult to play, we have a chance to win – and that’s what we try."

Liverpool are unbeaten in the last eight league meetings (five wins, three draws) but prior to last season they had not met in the top flight since 2004.

At Elland Road they are unbeaten in their last half-dozen trips in all competitions but home advantage could play a significant part as the ground hosts one of the 'Big Six’ in front of a full crowd for the first time since their return to the Premier League.

"Everyone tells me the atmosphere must be really outstanding so I’m really looking forward to it," added Klopp.

"I heard about it but cannot say a lot. We have to probably ask (former Leeds midfielder James Milner) Millie exactly how it is.

"Millie knows it from both perspectives; not sure, maybe not. Not sure if he played there with another Premier League team. Who knows? But he can tell us how it is and he will tell us.

"We are Liverpool and that means everybody expects us to win each game."

Andrea Radrizzani

Bielsa cites Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani as a key factor in his decision to remain in English football.

The 66-year-old Argentinian is in his fourth season as head coach at Elland Road after accepting Radrizzani's challenge to help end the club’s 16-year Premier League exile in 2018, and signed another one-year deal in August.

Bielsa said: "We see how Leeds is managed, the decisions that the owner has taken, the way that the owner has managed this club is contradictory (to the norm).

"He invests in the foundation, in technology for the foundation, in a way to find young players.

"They have improved facilities to take forward the programmes of work. The relationship he has with the fans, the respect."

Bielsa had been asked what kept him at Leeds after claiming capitalist greed within football was the root cause of the latest club-versus-country row.

"They are the responses to your question, apart from that I’m not a reference because despite everything we’re talking about, it’s what the Premier League signifies that is absolutely desirable for every professional," he said.

"I never dreamed I would be able to work in this league, but the references I have made (are about) the management of football as a product in the world."

Leeds are bidding for their first league win of the season on Sunday as Liverpool look to extend their unbeaten start.

"The affection that the fans transmit in the Premier League at Elland Road, you can see it for yourself," Bielsa said.

"Of course that makes you emotional, it increases your desire to want to win the game."

Bielsa confirmed Junior Firpo and Mateusz Klich are both available after recovering from coronavirus, while deadline-day signing Dan James is in contention for his debut.

Defender Robin Koch (pubis) is still out, but Stuart Dallas is expected to feature after withdrawing from Northern Ireland’s squad last week due to personal reasons.

Patrick Bamford has returned unscathed after making his first senior appearance for England in last Sunday’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying win against Andorra.

Bielsa feels Bamford’s inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s plans can only improve the 28-year-old striker.

He added: "The higher the competition he competes in, the better his growth is going to be.

"Apart from that in this case in particular, the manager of England is a great manager that will surely contribute things to him that will facilitate his development."