Darren Bent admits he is devastated that Leeds United fans will not be in attendance for their Premier League opener against Liverpool.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former England striker insists it is “gutting” that supporters will miss out on a trip to Anfield due to the social distancing regulations in place.

As revealed on Thursday, the Whites will head to Merseyside to take on the reigning top-flight champions for their first game back in the Premier League.

The new Premier League season is set to kick off on September 12 after the 2019/20 season was extended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, supporters are still set to be absent from the stands when the 2020/21 campaign gets underway and Bent has revealed his disappointment for the Elland Road faithful.

Bent told Football Insider: “Leeds, welcome to the Premier League, you’ve got the champions! 

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“It’s just so gutting that there’s no fans there because the fans would have absolutely loved it, the Leeds fans there, the Liverpool fans there, having Leeds fans back in the Premier League. It’s gutting. 

“At the end of the day Leeds are back now and I hope it’s for a good few years at least. If you’re going to start in the Premier League, you might as well start against the very best.” 

Leeds’ first home game is set to see them play host to fellow promoted side Fulham a week after their trip to Merseyside.

The Whites thrashed the Cottagers 3-0 when they last met at Elland Road back in June.

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