By Michael Brown

28th Aug, 2020 | 8:00am

'Would be off the charts' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts to Leeds-Liverpool development

Michael Brown insists it is a big shame that the “wonderful” Leeds United fans will be missing for the club’s opening day trip to Liverpool.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Whites midfielder claims that the support at Anfield would have been “off the charts” for the club’s first game back in the Premier League.

As confirmed last week, Leeds will open their top-flight campaign with a visit the reigning Premier League champions after their own title-winning season last term.

However, as reported by the Times, the Government has set a date of October 1 for the limited return of supporters to sporting venues, meaning the opening weekend of the season will be played behind closed doors.

Brown admits it is a big shame that Leeds fans will be absent for the trip to Anfield and was left lauding the Elland Road faithful over what might have been on Merseyside.

Brown told Football Insider: “Leeds United, it would be a wonderful fanbase going on to the champions.

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“I must say, if the fans were there, it would be off the charts. Off the chart support.

“You’d expect vocally it to be sensational, all around the stadium but you ask the Leeds United supporters, they’ll still be supporting, it just won’t be in the stadium which is a shame.”

Leeds’ last visit to Liverpool came in the League Cup back in 2016 as goals from Divock Origi and Ben Woodburn secured a 2-0 win for the Reds.

The last league meeting between the two sides ended 2-2 at Elland Road back in 2004 as Eirik Bakke and Mark Viduka netted for the Whites.

In other news, Leeds United have been told the price Rangers will agree to sell Ryan Kent for.