By Adam Brown (@AdamMNVi)
Liverpool have failed to score in the last three Premier League matches as Sean Dyche’s claret and blue bus heads for Anfield. The Reds’ current form has dropped the champions down to 4th in the table, but it can’t be too long before Klopp’s side are firing again.
Thiago dominated the game in the first half which saw chances go begging. Roberto Firmino missed a run in behind from Andy Robertson and failed to connect on another, but it was the Brazilian at the other end of the pitch who was vital with Alisson making a close-range save to stop United stealing the points.
Jurgen Klopp may move Jordan Henderson back into midfield against Burnley with news that Joel Matip could be fit to start for this one.
Speaking on Matip’s availability, the Liverpool manager said: “Joel is in training, and we make a decision. Trained normal.”
Klopp also confirmed that Diogo Jota is ‘a few weeks’ away from returning
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Here’s how we should line up:
Joel Matip should play if fit as the Reds look to cope with Dyche’s long ball bombardment. Fabinho remains in defence with Henderson moving back into midfield to offer much-needed stability and aggression in the counter-press.
Thiago showed how dangerous he can be against United; flawless vision, the ability to beat men with ease, and an unmatched reading of the game. The former Munich man should start in a two-man midfield with the captain.
Liverpool need more from Roberto Firmino at the moment and a change of shape could help bring out the best in the Brazilian. Xherdan Shaqiri’s recent form is worthy of a start which means Salah moves into the nine. Sadio Mane remains on the left flank.
While Burnley will look to play their signature style of getting behind the ball and making themselves difficult to break down, a midfield dictated by Thiago who flourished in the 4-2-3-1 at Bayern Munich and Jordan Henderson could be the difference. Liverpool should create chances and take all three points on Thursday night.
Score prediction: Liverpool 3 – 0 Burnley
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