Danny Mills has suggested Marcelo Bielsa will make just two changes to his Leeds United starting XI for tonight’s game with Liverpool.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender claimed Pascal Struijk will replace the suspended Liam Cooper while Jack Harrison will start ahead of Raphinha who remains an injury doubt.
Cooper will be serving the first of a three-game ban after he received a red card in Leeds’ 2-1 win over Manchester City last weekend and Struijk, 21, was introduced from the bench as a result.
Raphinha was on the wrong end of some tough challenges by the champions-elect at the Etihad and a foul by Fernandinho towards the end of the game means he is a doubt for tonight’s game as a result, as relayed by Phil Hay.
Harrison missed the game against his parent club as he was ineligible.
Asked whether the winger and Struijk will be the only changes to Bielsa’s starting XI, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I would think so.
“Bielsa’s never been shy of saying ‘This is the plan, this is where we’re going to go with it.’
“He’s always quite happy with showing his cards way ahead of time, he’s obviously said Raphinaha’s struggling so it would be unlikely he plays.
“He doesn’t like to change it up dramatically does he? In any way, shape or form. I’d be surprised if there were huge changes.
“They’ve had a little bit of extra rest. It was obviously such an intense game but that bit of extra rest that they get for Monday just allows everyone a little bit more rest.”
Raphinha has started every game for Leeds since being introduced from the bench against Crystal Palace at the beginning of November.
He has six goals and six assists in his 26 Premier League games this season.