Burnley welcome the league’s entertainers this Sunday, with Liverpool next on the list for Sean Dyche’s bottom placed side. After a surprise midweek draw against Manchester United, more points will be wanted as they look to climb the table. Burnley still prop up the league, and will be looking to halt Liverpool’s attack, and frustrate a vibrant front line.
With his side likely to remain unchanged, it’ll be a case of defence versus attack for Dyche, with counter attacks very much on the Burnley menu. Matej Vydra and Johann Berg Gudmundsson remain out with injury, but Maxwell Cornet should be fit to start once more. Charlie Taylor should return to the match day squad, and the standard 4-4-2 system will be evident.
Liverpool once more need maximum points. Their midweek beating of Leicester showed a real intent from the reds, and they will look to overwhelm their opponents once again. Jordan Henderson may be back to take a spot on the bench, and Sadio Mane may also become available for selection. Klopp has an abundance of choices, and rotation from Thursday is inevitable, due to their participation in all competitions.
Liverpool currently have no significant injuries, and head into the business end of the season with perhaps their strongest ever squad. Luis Diaz was a sensational buy, and his first start showed immense promise.
With a defence currently on lockdown, Ibrahima Konate and Kostas Tsimikas could well come into the side. Across the midfield, Harvey Elliott, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be hoping to come in for Thiago and Jones, with at rally one likely to come out of the team. The attack will see Mohamed Salah pushing to start, and the variety up top should make picking a forward line a nice dilemma for Klopp.
Burnley will be in full survival mode from the opening whistle, and look to bully their way through the game. Certain games will have to see Liverpool motor from the start, and use their attacking force to beat teams early. With a congested schedule (and Inter Milan in the week), Klopp will not want a slow and frustrating affair. The variations of attacking play, and multitude of options should see Liverpool overcome Burnley for a comfortable away win.
Player to watch – Naby Keita
Burnley 0 – 3 Liverpool