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Liverpool's Fabinho makes bold claim about atmosphere at Leeds United ahead of Elland Road clash this weekend

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Fabinho has claimed that the Elland Road atmosphere could help his Liverpool side, ahead of their clash with Leeds United at the weekend, on the Reds’ official website.

Liverpool v Leeds

Leeds met Liverpool on the opening day of last year’s Premier League, when they were beaten 4-3 at Anfield in a thriller.

The two sides then played out a 1-1 draw later in the campaign, in another good battle.

But, crucially, both those matches between Leeds and Liverpool were played behind closed doors.

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Elland Road should now be electric this weekend, with fans now back in stadiums.

And Fabinho is expecting a real challenge, although he thinks Liverpool will embrace the added atmosphere.

“Leeds are a really intense team, a really good team. 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.

“This atmosphere sometimes helps us as well, even if it’s an away game. When the crowd is really participating in the game, this is good for the spectacle, so we like these types of games.

“It’s not easy to play against a team like Leeds but we have to be ready for everything.”

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Bold comments

Elland Road can be an intimidating place for opposition sides to play when it really gets rocking, so Fabinho’s comments do look bold.

But it shows the confidence that is building around Liverpool after a strong start to the season.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have taken seven points from their first nine games and remain unbeaten.

Leeds, meanwhile, are still looking for their first win of the new term in the Premier League, and they are yet to really click into top gear.

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