Mar 10, 2017
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Liverpool vs Burnley: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

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After convincingly beating Arsenal at Anfield, Liverpool now welcome Burnley and will be hoping to secure another victory as they push for a top-four finish. Jurgen Klopp’s side looked superb against the Gunners and they will hope for a repeat performance against a Burnley side who have struggled when playing away all season.


When on the road, Sean Dyche’s men boast a terrible record. In 13 away fixtures, they are yet to register a win and it’s difficult to see this changing as travel to Merseyside this Sunday. They will take heart from their 2-0 victory in the reverse fixture at Turf Moor, though. The Clarets defended resolutely and were also lethal on the break, taking Liverpool by surprise.

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Liverpool have looked to bounce back from a terrible January with wins over Tottenham and Arsenal at Anfield. However, a resounding 3-1 loss to Leicester in between these fixtures was particularly disappointing for the Reds.

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As has been the issue all season, Klopp’s side fail to perform against the lesser outfits. It is this inconsistency which leaves Liverpool hanging onto a top four spot.


As for Burnley, a 3-2 loss to Swansea away will leave a sour taste in the Clarets’ mouth, succumbing to a late Fernando Llorente goal, which sent the Liberty and Paul Clement crazy.

In other recent fixtures, they performed impressively against current Premier League leaders Chelsea, grinding out a draw thanks to a fantastic Robbie Brady free-kick. They also managed a point away at Hull, which is a better result than it sounds, considering the upturn in fortunes the Tigers have had recently.

Predicted line-ups

Liverpool predicted starting XI             Burnley predicted starting XI


Team news

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Liverpool will be without Jordan Henderson once again, as he is still recovering from a foot injury. Daniel Sturridge also remains a doubt due to an illness. The Reds will be lifted by Dejan Lovren’s return to training after nursing a knee injury, but Ragnar Klavan is expected to keep his place after performing well against Arsenal.

Burnley, meanwhile, will be without the industrious Joey Barton, due to a hamstring injury he suffered against Swansea.  Tom Heaton is expected to be back between the sticks after recovering from a bout of illness while Ashley Barnes is also likely to return to the starting line-up after serving a one-match ban.


Match prediction 

Given how Burnley struggle away from home, it is difficult to see anything other than a Liverpool win. Klopp and his men will recall the 2-0 loss they suffered at Turf Moor and will be desperate for revenge to send a message to the doubters; they can, in fact, perform against the lesser Premier League sides.

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It may not be the rampant Liverpool that was seen against Arsenal, but the Reds should come out on top and continue to make a push for top four.

Score prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Burnley

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