By Lewis Thompson
Liverpool welcome Burnley to Anfield on Sunday as Klopp’s men now know that every game is crucial to get the three points in after just winning two of their last five games in the Premier League. Liverpool now trail Manchester City by four points, and you could now say the title is in the hands of Guardiola’s men. This week is a huge one for The Reds as after Burnley they will travel to Munich to take on Bayern Munich in the second leg of their round of 16 clash.
Liverpool have won three out of their last five games against The Clarets in the Premier League, drawing one and losing one, however, the last time The Reds lost at Anfield to Burnley was all the way back in September 1974 when they lost 1-0 in the Division One League. Klopp’s men have seemed to struggle with keeping out the goals against Burnley as they have failed to keep a clean sheet in over four years, with the last time The Reds keeping one coming all the way back in March 2015.
Since their 1-0 loss in 1974 Liverpool have won nine of their last eleven home games against The Clarets in all competitions. Burnley’s form hasn’t actually been too bad over the last few months as they seem to be having a bit of a resurgence after battling in the relegation zone for a while at the start of the season.
Recently, Sean Dyche’s men have picked up a few good results against the top teams. The Clarets managed to gather three points after a 2-1 win against Spurs at Turf Moor and they also drew 2-2 to Manchester United at Old Trafford. Burnley have won two of their last five games in the Premier League drawing one and losing the other two to Newcastle and Crystal Palace.
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Burnley do have a couple of injuries to be concerned about. Steven Defour is unlikely to play again this season after the midfielder recently underwent calf surgery. Dyche made comments on the Belgian saying “He’s had an operation on his calf basically to release the muscle” “It is unlikely he is going to get back before the end of the season, which is a bit of a blow” Also English winger Aaron Lennon is still out of the squad with a knee injury.
Now onto my predicted line-up for the game. I think Dyche will go unchanged from Burnley’s last match. This means a starting formation of 4-4-2 with Heaton in goal, a defensive line of Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee and Taylor, a midfield four of Hendrick, Westwood, Cork and McNeil and the two up-front Barnes and Wood.
This game is so important for us and we must get the three points as Man City are most definitely going to get the win against Watford. A win would give us confidence to hopefully go on and beat Bayern Munich mid-week. I’m going to go with a 3-1 win to Liverpool with Salah, Mane and Van Dijk all scoring. Tell me what you think the score will be, COME ON YOU REDS!!
By Lewis Thompson