The Whites host the Cherries and could move four points clear of the relegation zone in the Premier League with a win, after the three points they picked up last weekend kept them out of the bottom three.
They had lost four games in succession prior to beating Jurgen Klopp’s team and Jesse Marsch will surely want to head into the World Cup break, with one league match left after this weekend, on a high.
The Leeds boss will go into this game without summer signing Luis Sinisterra, though, as the manager has confirmed that the winger is set for a spell on the sidelines, saying:
“Luis has a foot injury that turns out to be more than what we originally thought it was.
“He wasn’t making the progress that we were hoping him to make over the past ten days and so they did another scan and had the specialists look at it and they have started to worry about it being a rare injury that controls the movement of the metatarsals and when that is ruptured, it can be a long recovery.
“We don’t believe it is ruptured, but partially torn, which puts him in a little bit of a grey area, but probably puts him out until after the World Cup break.”
Marsch must now forget about Sinisterra and, instead, unleash teenage sensation Wilfried Gnonto against Bournemouth this afternoon, having signed the exciting talent for just £3.8m.
In just 18 minutes at a daunting stadium like Anfield, the forward completed 100% (1/1) of his attempted dribbles and won 100% (3/3) of his ground duels, whilst making two tackles and two clearances – as per SofaScore.
It was his Premier League debut for the Whites and Marsch should now reward his impressive cameo with a place in the starting line-up. He is a versatile forward who can play on either flank or through the middle, which means that he could start on the wing or in a central position.
The gem, who has scored 42 goals at club and international level combined, showcased his attacking quality for FC Zurich in the 2021/22 campaign as he scored 10 goals and provided five assists in 36 appearances – including eight goals in nine starts in the Super League.
Gnonto has the potential to be a match-winner, given his impressive statistics in Switzerland, and Marsch must now offer him the opportunity to show what he can do from the start, rather than restricting him to a cameo off the bench.
Brenden Aaronson and Jack Harrison were Leeds’ two-worst performers against Liverpool, recording SofaScore ratings of 6.4 and 6.0 respectively, and the Italian teenager could come in to replace one of them against Bournemouth.
Aaronson missed a ‘big chance’ and hit the woodwork in the win at Anfield and his lack of composure in the final third could cost him his place, with Gnonto ready to grasp his chance.