Article by Adam Brown @AdamMNVi
This next run of games is crucial. Liverpool need to begin a run of form to put pressure on Manchester City.
Burnley will be desperate to dent our title challenge with the Klopp and Dyche rivalry still hot, but a league challenging side should be more than capable of breaking through the stubborn park-the-bus system.
It’s difficult to see how the Reds will be troubled from anything other than set pieces. Matip and van Dijk should deal with most crosses, which means the emphasis will be on how quickly we can begin to dominate the game.
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The back five is the most settled it has been since the start of the season. This is how it should remain if we can avoid injuries.
We only need one of Henderson or Fabinho against Dyche’s bus. While the captain played well vs Everton in a more advanced role, it’s not certain whether he offers more than Wijnaldum or Milner from the centre of midfield.
With Keita’s last game at Turf Moor in mind (and recent home form), the Guinean starts alongside Milner who was excellent against Watford. Klopp has indicated he will likely be ready for Sunday, but Gini will come in otherwise.
Upfront is where we’re almost looking for an answer when away from home. Do we know what our best attacking set up is? It’s time to unleash the narrow diamond system at Anfield to try and find an answer for upcoming away games.
Firmino has been much more effective when playing as an attacking midfielder this season – which is probably expected with it being his natural position. Salah and Mane should have plenty of opportunities to run in behind or at defenders. The likes of Keita and Ox will flourish in this system as it allows them to go forward alongside a more controlled midfielder.
It’s usually a tough test against Burnley, but as title contenders, we should have too much for them.
Prediction: Liverpool 2 – 0 Burnley
Article by Adam Brown – @AdamMNVi
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