Our live stream ahead of Thursdays Premier League match, Liverpool vs Burnley is now up, kicking off at 20.00 GMT
You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, lineups, predictions and much more…
Liverpool come into the game after battling out a goalless bore draw with rival league contenders Manchester United last time out.
The champions have dropped to fourth after taking just three points from their last four top-flight fixtures, but they will be favourites to return to winning ways against a Burnley side teetering perilously close to the relegation zone.
With the rest of the Premier League’s top four in action before Liverpool in midweek, the Reds could come into Thursday’s game sitting six points adrift of the leaders at the halfway stage of their season – a far cry from the 13-point lead, with a game in hand, that they enjoyed at the same stage of last term.
There is no disguising where Burnley’s problems lie; their tally of 22 goals conceded is better than leaders Manchester United, but a measly return of nine goals scored in 17 games leaves them in a relegation battle.
Those troubles in the final third are most obvious away from home, where Burnley’s only goal in their last seven league outings came courtesy of a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang own goal.
Indeed, the last time the Clarets scored an away goal themselves was way back on October 3, 11 hours of football ago, and unsurprisingly they are the joint-lowest scorers on the road this season, while only Sheffield United have picked up fewer points on their travels.
The last time these two clubs met was in July of last summer, where Burnley were able to halt Liverpools winning streak by holding them to a 1-1 draw at Anfield…
On the determination of his squad…
“We have to earn the right to win through our commitment. This is what we are all about and I look forward to seeing my boys embrace this challenge,”
“We come into the game with some focus on our recent form and I am fine with this. It is absolutely OK for those questions to be asked. When you are blessed to work at this club you know each and every performance brings close scrutiny. This level of interest in us is a privilege and it’s a pressure we should embrace.
“For us, even though we are aware of the questions around us, we must not be distracted by them. Our focus must be on the solution. We are our own solution. And, in this moment, it’s my job specifically to make sure we find a way.
“I have faced legitimate questions since the Christmas period which were often framed about ‘getting back to what we were previously’. I maybe have used this phrase myself – I wouldn’t be sure without checking.
“But really that isn’t the solution. The mindset for us should always be about looking ahead and not backwards. Simply reverting to what has gone before, no matter how good it was, won’t be enough in a league as competitive as this one.
“We have some basic principles in how we approach our work and we must adhere to those. They include being brave, showing humility by aiming to work harder than your opponent, bringing the intensity in each moment and sacrificing for the team. These – plus other – guiding practices, are still very much embedded into our environment.
“This team finds a way. It has done consistently for us in recent seasons and it will do now and again in the future. We are in a tough moment – no-one hides from this – but we view it as an opportunity. Another challenge to be met.”
On facing Liverpool…
“Games like this are always a challenge, in my experience. Not just Anfield, but some are more statistically harder than others.”
“There’s a little bit of soft noise around Liverpool about whether they are scoring as freely, but they are missing a few players who have become massive for them and they are still a very, very good outfit – and can put players in positions who are more than capable of doing the job.”
“We understand the challenges and the things you have to try and achieve to get a result.”
“In defence of that, it’s a short while ago that we went to Anfield and took a deserved point with a very good performance.”
“I didn’t think Liverpool delivered a poor performance that day and if you remember they were going for a record points total.
“We had to defend right and work hard and in the final 15 minutes of the game we’d quelled it enough to find our moments and we hit the bar later on as we looked to nick it.
“This is what you often have to do at places like Anfield; you have to stay in the game, find a way and work for the little chances that you get.”
On his side…
“It’s hard keeping clean sheets, but equally it’s hard scoring and we have to look at the bigger picture,”
“I still think we are doing a lot of things right and although we know we have to add to the effectiveness in the final third, there are a lot of things that are going in the right way.
“Our points return, since our slow start, is a very healthy one, especially when you consider the teams we have played.
“We’re not a million miles away and when you get the details right, the belief comes back and that’s an important factor.”
Liverpool Premier League form: WWDDLD
Liverpool form (all competitions): WDDLWD
Burnley Premier League form: DWLWLL
Burnley form (all competitions): WLWWLL
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Henderson, Thiago, Jones; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Burnley possible starting lineup:
Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Brady, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Barnes, Wood
Under 2.5 goals – 6/4 with FanTeam.
Half-time draw – 2/1 with FanTeam.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have dropped down to fourth place in the Premier League table and are six points off Manchester United, who went top with a win over Fulham last night. Liverpool can get within three points with a win tonight and all of a sudden it has become a must-win game for the Reds.
They don’t lose matches at Anfield but recent draws against West Brom and Manchester United have seen them drop points and they’ve not won in four games now. That will give Burnley hope or getting a result, who are likely to sit back and frustrate Klopp’s side.
Burnley have lost their last two matches 1-0 and six of their last seven matches have gone under 1.5 goals. There is no doubt they are struggling for goals but to their credit, Sean Dyche’s side are rarely conceding either.
Liverpool haven’t scored in their last three Premier League matches but you can’t help but feel another result like the 7-0 win over Crystal Palace isn’t far away but it is unlikely to come tonight against a resolute Burnley side. Salah, Mane and Firmino have been poor since that game and are having a poor season by their standards, but an early goal here could open things up.
Having said all of that, the stats don’t lie and goals are a struggle for both these sides at the moment. It could be another frustrating night for Liverpool so under 2.5 goals is a good bet at odds of 6/4 with FanTeam.
A draw at half-time is 2/1 for tonight and that is also a bet worth having a punt on, especially if you are using the brand new FanTeam risk free first £20 bet offer which can be found below.
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