Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool play host to Burnley at Anfield on Sunday afternoon as the Reds look to put a strong run of form together as the final couple months of the season approach with haste.
The Reds suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor in only their Premier League game of the season back in August. That result was the beginning of a trend which has defined Liverpool’s season: an ability to beat the best, but fail against the rest.
Of the current top six Liverpool have the best record against fellow top six clubs, but the worst against clubs from outside of the top six. This trend has never been more apparent than in recent months. The Reds have beat Manchester City (1-0), Spurs (2-0) and Arsenal (3-1) – as well as drawing away to Manchester United (1-1) and at home to Chelsea (1-1).
Juxta posed to such impressive victories are the depressing defeats to Swansea (3-1), Hull City (2-0) and the draw away to Sunderland (2-2). That’s not even to mention the FA Cup defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers (2-1), and the limp League Cup exit to Southampton over two legs (2-0).
Comparatively Burnley have gone about their business this season in a rather quieter fashion, currently sitting 12th in the table, having accrued 31 points from 27 matches so this season. Last time out the Turf Moor club took on Swansea City away from home, losing to the Welsh outfit in a 3-2 thriller.
That loss was their fourth Premier League match in a row in which they have failed to win. In fact of the last 18 points available to Sean Dyche’s men they have only manage to garner five points. Interestingly, Burnley sit 16th in the current form table. Comparatively Liverpool sit ever so slightly better in 14th in the form table – 4th in the actual league table.
Looking at team news for both sides what stands out is the likely absence of the Liverpool and England captain Jordan Henderson. The Reds have struggled without their skipper this season, but often been inspired when he has managed to get on the pitch. The Mackem’s injury troubles are becoming an increasingly real problem for Klopp who was without him for large swathes of the 2015/16 campaign too.
Luckily for Klopp Dejan Lovren seems likely to return to action following a spell out on the sidelines. Unsurprisingly however Daniel Sturridge will not be fit to feature once more, with his Liverpool future up in the air. Roberto Firmino has not trained as of Friday in preparation for the game and could be a doubt also.
Burnley meanwhile go into Sunday’s Joey Barton is expected to miss the trip to Anfield after picking up a hamstring injury in their 3-2 defeat away to Swansea last time out. Elsewhere illness kept Tom Heaton out of that match but the Burnley No.1 should return between the sticks this weekend.
Finally, Ashley Barnes is available once again after serving a one-match ban, but Dean Marney, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Nick Pope and Steven Defour are all expected to miss out again here.
Looking ahead to possible outcomes for Sunday’s clash it seems that the result relies entirely on Liverpool and whether they can overcome their seemingly mental block against the Premier League’s ‘lesser’ sides. Momentum is with the Reds and they should have enough to win here.
Burnley’s away from cannot be under-looked: Dyche’s men have lost eight of their last nine matches in the Premier League. Comparatively, Liverpool are undefeated in 20 of their last 21 home matches in the Premier League. A home win here is very likely, but don’t expect too many goals against the very sturdy Burnley backline.
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