The Liverpool duo of Virgil Van Dijk and Harvey Elliott have been cleared to face Leeds United at Elland Road on Sunday. Initially, there were doubts over their availability for the game after picking up a knock on international duty but they have been passed fit.
Van Dijk picked up a knock while he was in action for the Netherlands during their Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers, while young attacker Elliott picked up his own knock while he was on duty with the England u-21 team. Elliott was called up to the England u21s after a bright start to the season. The ex-Fulham youngster started the last two Liverpool games in the league before the international break as the Reds picked up four points from those two games.
Elliott started the home game against Burnleyon the second weekend of the new Premier League campaign and it ended in a 2-0 win courtesy the goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane either side of the interval. It was his first ever start in the Premier League. Elliott was handed a second straight Premier League start in the big game at home to European champions Chelsea just before the September international break. Liverpool had to settle for a 1-1 draw for 10-man Chelsea who had right-back Reece James sent off towards the end of the first half after stopping a goal-bound shot with his hand. Egyptian international Mohamed Salah scored the penalty awarded from the handball by the aforementioned James to level matters for Liverpool after Kai Havertz had given visitors Chelsea the lead in the first half. There were no goals in the second half as Liverpool and Chelsea settled for a share of the spoils.
Dutchman Van Dijk is a big player for Liverpool and keeping him fit could go a long way to boost the Reds and their Premier League title chase.