Liverpool vs Burnley
Kick Off: Jan 21, 2021 at 8pm UK at Anfield
Liverpool will renew their Hunt for a first Premier League win since before Christmas when they Informed Burnley to Anfield on Thursday evening.
The champions have dropped to after shooting only three points from their past four top-flight outings, but they will be favourites to return to winning ways against a Burnley side teetering perilously close to the relegation one.
With the remainder of the Premier League’s best four in actions before Liverpool in midweek, the Reds could encounter Thursday’s match sitting six points adrift of the leaders at the halfway point of the year – a far cry from the 13-point guide, using a match in hand, they appreciated in precisely the exact same period of last semester.
Comparisons for their title-winning 2019-20 effort are becoming more irrelevant from the week at a exceptional season, however, and Jurgen Klopp has insisted that his side has to first concentrate on finishing in the top four until they could consider protecting their crown.
An anticlimactic goalless draw with Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday made it four league matches without a win for the winners, who might have come off from their most recent match relieved using a stage awarded that the two chances fell to their customers.
It’s their greatest league winless run because February 2017 and, whilst lots was made of the defensive shortages, it’s their assaulting bluntness that’s the principal concern today.
The targets have dried up because the floodgates opened in the 7-0 win over Crystal Palace, together with Liverpool netting just once in four games since, for example three blanks in a row for the first time since 2005.
Those problems at the last third would be obvious from home, in which Burnley’s sole goal in their last seven league outings came courtesy of a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang very own objective.
Really, the last time that the Clarets saw an away goal themselves had been back on October 3, 11 hours of soccer past, and unsurprisingly they’re the joint-lowest scorers on the road this year, while just Sheffield United have picked up fewer things in their journeys.
Hope of a win at Anfield won’t be especially large, then, particularly as Burnley haven’t won a league match there since September 1974 – their sole success in their last 17 visits into the stadium.
Burnley also have taken only five points out of a possible 36 in Premier League matches from Liverpool, but there may only be a glimmer of controversy both at the home side’s shape and in how the Clarets have beaten all four reigning champions they’ve confronted in the Premier League before.
Liverpool ought to have the ability to welcome Joel Matip straight back in their side once he just narrowly missed out from Man United at the weekend.
The centre-back’s return will free up Jordan Henderson to return to his favoured midfield function, possibly taking the position of Xherdan Shaqiri regardless of the Swiss playmaker placing in a favorable functionality on his surprise beginning in the weekend.
Together with Diogo Jota still sidelined, Klopp doesn’t have much choice but to keep faith with his misfiring front , although he should also weigh the advantages of resting players before the weekend’s FA Cup showdown with Man United at Old Trafford.
The league is the priority, even however, and Mohamed Salah, who’s on his second-longest goal drought as a Liverpool player, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, both of whom possess four objectives in four league matches from Burnley for Liverpool, if start again.
The likes of Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Neco Williams and Divock Origi are one of the players knocking on the door if Klopp will decide to make adjustments.
Burnley will hand late fitness tests to defensive duo Jimmy Dunne and Charlie Taylor, the latter of whom might be in need to return to the starting lineup.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell can also be a doubt because of illness, whilst Dwight McNeil will probably be pushing to get a start after falling out at the past two games.
Liverpool potential starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Henderson, Thiago, Jones; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Burnley potential starting lineup:
Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Brady, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Barnes, Wood