Marcelo Bielsa has a tricky decision to make when it comes to choosing his starting XI as he weighs up who to replace captain Liam Cooper with on Monday evening – and Leeds fans want him to start Robin Koch, in a never-seen-before partnership.
Leeds play host to Liverpool after a busy day of football off the pitch, in which six Premier League clubs have signed up to the hugely-criticised European Super League – including United’s opponents, Liverpool. The Reds have been massively criticised.
Liam Cooper will serve the first of a three-match ban following his straight red card against Manchester City last weekend, a match which Leeds somehow managed to win – Stuart Dallas netting a brace. Diego Llorente is expected to start in defence.
But the major selection headache for Bielsa – other than whether he brings back Jack Harrison for Helder Costa after Harrison could not face his parent club – is who partners Llorente. Is it Pascal Struijk, or £46,000-a-week star Koch (Spotrac).
The Germany international is fully fit after undergoing a knee operation before the turn of the year, correcting an issue in which he picked up on his debut for Leeds – against Liverpool. Leeds fans want him to start alongside Llorente.
It will be the first time the duo combine, if Bielsa chooses to go with Koch. Koch began the season with Llorente signed later and then injured, and Llorente came in while Koch was sidelined. Now, they could start together for the first time.
Koch and Llorente starting tonight will be good to see. CB pairing for the future #LUFC
— Leeds Lady (@ladyleeeds) April 19, 2021
— Leeds Everywhere 🌍 (@LeedsEverywhere) April 19, 2021
— Simon Davies (@NSD1968) April 17, 2021
Koch. No contest.
— SDP (@SDP76842783) April 16, 2021
I know what you mean in terms of left and right footed, but I just think Koch might've done enough when coming on recently
— leedsunited_news (@leeds_utd_news) April 19, 2021
I would have Koch instead of Struijk.
— Jiti Gill (@harjit8888) April 18, 2021