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.
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.
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.
Liverpool predicted starting XI Burnley predicted starting XI
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.
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.
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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