By Danny Mills

1st Sep, 2020 | 6:26pm

Exclusive: Mills drops big Leeds starting XI claim after 2 new signings agreed

Danny Mills expects both new Leeds United signings Rodrigo and Robin Koch to go straight into the starting eleven for their opening Premier League game against Liverpool.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds defender also suggested that the first game of the season is “one of the better times to play Liverpool”.

Striker Rodrigo joined the club from Valencia in a deal that worth £48m including wages last week, as revealed by Football Insider.

Koch penned a four-year deal with Leeds on Sunday after completing a £12m move from Bundesliga side SC Freiburg.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side will travel to Anfield to face Liverpool on the 12th September in their first Premier League game in 16 years.

Asked by Football Insider whether the pair will follow the lead of January signings Ian Poveda and Jean-Kevin Augustin and take time to bed into Bielsa’s team, Mills said: “I think those players before were brought in as squad players to add a little bit of strength in depth. Augustin was never quite fit was he?

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“You’re looking at Rodrigo and it’s a big signing for the club, he’s going to start I don’t see anything else.

“There is no other centre back so Koch has got to go straight in.

“These are big significant signings for the football club. they’re big statements

“Liverpool is going to be very difficult on the opening day of the season but maybe it’s good time to have Liverpool.

“A lot of their players will have been away on international duty they might not be quite aware of the intensity of the way Leeds play. 

“Although you might not be at complete 100% speed yourself, the way that you’re riding that promotion as champions last season and it’s a TV game, all that excitement and anticipation means it will probably be one of the better times to play Liverpool.”

In other news, Leeds United have been tipped to sell first-team star to part-fund four new signings.