Liverpool v Burnley: Match Preview
Liverpool are back in action on Saturday as they welcome Burnley to the home of the champions. 43 points separate the two teams and the hosts will be looking to impart their superiority on the fixture.
With four games remaining the Reds’ need just nine points to break the record points haul in the Premier League. Three wins would take them to 101 points, surpassing City’s 100 mark set in 2017/18.
Mohamed Salah continues to chase a third consecutive Golden Boot award. The Egyptian currently sits three goals behind Jamie Vardy at the top of the list.
Last time out Liverpool put three past Burnley at Turf Moor in August. An early Chris Wood own goal was followed by Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino strikes to round off a 3-0 win for the soon to be title holders.
Burnley v Liverpool: Highlights
Liverpool will be without captain Jordan Henderson for this clash, his season has been ended by a knee injury after he hobbled out of Wednesday’s visit to Brighton. It is expected Henderson will be available for the beginning of next season, contrary to early fears over the severity.
Importantly it looks as though the skipper will be the man to lift the trophy at home to Chelsea. Despite not playing again, Klopp confirmed in his pre-match press conference “He deserves to lift the trophy – and he will lift the trophy.” Liverpool Win The Premier League
Dejan Lovren could return to the squad at least after missing three matches with a knock.
Sean Dyche’s men have no new injury concerns ahead of this one. Ashley Barnes (hernia), Ben Mee (thigh) and Matt Lowton (foot) will remain absent. Midfielder Jack Cork is another out and the Burnley boss says it looks like the midfielder’s ankle issue will require surgery.
The champions rested Sadio Mane for much of Wednesday’s win at Brighton, he is expected to come back in to the starting line up. The midfield three conundrum is eased somewhat by the injury to Henderson, Guinean Naby Keita could well continue his prolonged run of games.
Burnley are restricted in their selection by injuries to key men, although their recent form has been beyond expectations and Sean Dyche deserves plenty of credit.
At home Liverpool have been imperious this season, they are yet to drop a point at Anfield and will look to continue that run on Saturday afternoon. The visitors are pursuing Europa League football, however, after a busy schedule and a weakened squad, they may struggle to cope with the energy of the title winners.
Liverpool v Burnley Prediction
Liverpool 3-0 Burnley
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