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    Burnley vs Liverpool Match Preview

    Liverpool will hope to build on last weekend's impressive start to the season when they travel to Championship winners Burnley on Saturday afternoon.

    Jurgen Klopp's side produced a devastating performance to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 lead with a devastating 18-minute spell either side of half-time before they held on to beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

    By contrast, Burnley's return to the Premier League, after a one-year absence, did not go to plan as Leroy Fer's strike eight minutes from time secured a 1-0 opening-day victory for Swansea.


    The Clarets have an immediate opportunity to achieve their first victory at home this season as the fixture, which was originally scheduled for Anfield, was switched owing to reconstruction work to Liverpool's main stand.

    Sean Dyche's team will need to be more clinical in front of goal if they are to avoid making the same mistakes as last weekend, when Sam Vokes, Michael Keane and Andre Gray all came close to breaking the deadlock.

    Burnley scored only 28 goals during their previous season in the top flight but that was before the club paid a record £9 million for Andre Gray, who finished last season as the Claret's top scorer with 25 goals.

    Sam Vokes also netted 16 times for Burnley last season and played a key role in helping Wales reach the semi-finals of Euro' 2016 with the header that sealed a famous 3-1 victory over Belgium.

    Besides the goals of Gray and Vokes, the club proved particularly tough to beat last season, losing only five matches in the Championship and conceding the joint-second fewest number of goals in the division.

    The Clarets had a settled defence for most of the campaign, with Michael Keane and Ben Mee forming a strong centre-back partnership that was responsible for keeping 20 clean sheets and conceding just 35 goals from 46 games.

    Although Dyche's team haven't added significantly to their ranks, they did complete the signing of Belgian midfielder Steven Defour from Anderlecht this week, while full-back Jon Flanagan joined on loan from Liverpool in early August.


    Jurgen Klopp's side impressed in the win against Arsenal on the opening weekend of the season but the scoreline would have been more emphatic had the club's defensive problems from previous seasons not resurfaced.

    Under-fire full-back Alberto Moreno endured a particularly torrid first-half but has been defended by his manager this week and he could remain in the starting line-up with no other specialist left-back at the club.

    The likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane produced a masterclass to put the match beyond Arsenal's reach early in the second-half and have all merited the chance to remain in the Liverpool side.

    Daniel Sturridge returned to training this week after missing the trip to Arsenal with a hip injury but he may have to be content with a place on the bench, while James Milner was also back at Melwood after recovering from a heel injury.

    Emre Can and Divock Origi also come into contention for first-team selection after appearing as substitutes last weekend having represented Germany and Belgium in the European Championships respectively.

    Perhaps the forgotten man at Anfield is former Burnley forward Danny Ings but the 24-year-old, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, did manage to play 90 minutes for the Liverpool Under 23-side against Southampton.

    Liverpool's strength-in-depth is likely to cause Jurgen Klopp plenty of selection headaches this season but one man that is unlikely to remain at the club is Christian Benteke, who is set to join Crystal Palace after both clubs agreed a £27 million fee.

    Burnley Team News

    The Clarets are close to having a fully-fit squad, with only Ashley Barnes unavailable for selection as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury.

    Steven Defour could make his Burnley debut, having completed a £7 million transfer from Anderlecht on Tuesday, as manager Sean Dyche answered "possibly" at the pre-match press conference to a question of whether he would be included.

    Jon Flanagan is ineligible due to his loan agreement with Liverpool but he would most likely have missed the match regardless due to a lack of match fitness.

    Liverpool Team News

    Daniel Sturridge and James Milner are both expected to return to the squad after both players returned to training having missed the trip to Arsenal with respective hip and heel injuries.

    Philippe Coutinho was also fit enough to train with the Liverpool squad despite being forced off at the weekend with a knock, while Klopp has hinted that Danny Ings could feature after he represented the Under-23 side last Sunday.

    Sadio Mane is the latest player to join Liverpool's lengthy injury list, with Klopp describing his shoulder injury sustained in training as "not that serious" although he remains unsure as to whether the Senegalese international will be available for selection.

    Sheyi Ojo is set to spend a month out with a back injury, while Mamadou Sakho, Joe Gomez (both achilles), Lucas Leiva (hamstring) and Loris Karius (broken hand) all remain on the sidelines.


    Burnley have not fared well against Liverpool over recent decades, losing 11 times in 14 matches as part of a run going all the way back to back to 1976.

    The Clarets famously beat Liverpool in their Champions League-winning season of 2004-05, however, when Djimi Traore's own goal knocked them out of the FA Cup at the third round stage.

    Liverpool have won all four Premier League encounters between the sides, with the last meeting taking place at Anfield in March 2015 when Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge secured a 2-0 home win.

    With the first meeting taking place in 1894, The Reds hold a overall head-to-head lead of 51 wins to Burnley's 36, while 27 of their 114 encounters have ended in draws.

    Score Prediction

    Burnley 1-2 Liverpool
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