I enjoyed a piece from David Alexander-Hughes recently on the threat posed by Leeds United in Saturday's encounter. Specifically the concept of Marcelo Bielsa instructing his team to pressure Liverpool players into mistakes — something we've witnessed in games such as Arsenal away last season and even against Red Bull Salzburg in this pre-season.

Ordinarily, it is a situation in which Jürgen Klopp would lick his lips at, and therefore may present more of Liverpool's technical players in the starting linuep, with the likes of Naby Keita and even Curtis Jones coming to mind as potentials. It seems Leeds will target certain situations in which to press. Ordinarily full-back areas, but especially if Trent Alexander-Arnold or Andy Robertson are missing.

There could also be one other place. Fabinho was at the scene of the crime for Salzburg's opener in Austria, dwelling too long in midfield only to be dispossessed and a goal to be conceded. Although only a warm-up game, it isn't the first time — especially when the player doesn't have a consistent rhythm or momentum — that he's looked a touch off the pace required.

Fabinho's body shape when receiving the ball ensures he isn't quite ready.
The midfielder tries takes an extra touch and is dispossessed by the Salzburg attack

The Brazilian has shown that through injury and adaptation he often needs more patience than most. That is a gamble worth taking when he does show the type of form which preceded his ankle injury in the Champions League last season against Napoli. Yet with Bielsa in town, and tricky fixtures against Chelsea and Arsenal to come, you feel Liverpool need him sharp from the season's beginning, especially with Jordan Henderson still out.

Despite an interrupted 2019/20, the number six still outperformed league average in his position in areas such as pass completion (83 to 53 percent), tackles (4.74 to 2.09) and xG buildup (0.75 to 0.50). The last stat maybe crucial in the opening fixtures given pre-season hints at players like Roberto Firmino and even Jones coming deeper to start moves. There seems to be more focus on building up from deep against a low defensive block.

Fabinho will certainly be tested early on. If he is in form Klopp's team stands every chance of picking up maximum points from a difficult September. If not then it could be a baptism of fire neither the player or team wants right now on the back of such unexpected anxiety from the transfer window this summer.

Either way Liverpool need Fabinho as much as they ever have. His biggest season at the club awaits. He gets to set the narrative on Saturday.