Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool return to domestic duties this weekend following their somewhat anticlimactic 2-2 draw with Sevilla to open their UEFA Champions League group stage campaign with a tough Premier League fixture in the shape of Burnley.
Looking for a better showing in the league after their 5-0 turnover at the hands of Manchester City, they will have to do so without their talisman Saido Mane, who begins his first of a three-game suspension. Klopp does however have Philippe Coutinho to call on who will most likely replace Mane to make his first Premier League appearance this season. It could be one of many changes Jurgen Klopp will make as a congested fixture schedule looms with a total of 5 games in the space of 15 days.
Sean Dyche will be taking Burnley to Anfield with his team ahead of Liverpool in the table via goal difference and will be hoping to continue their excellent away form. Having picked up 4 points at against Chelsea and Tottenham respectively, Burnley certainly won’t be daunted by playing another one of last year’s top 4.
Chris Wood will be eager to continue his rich vein of form having scored 2 goals in 2 games and lead the line against a Liverpool back 4 who are yet to concede at Anfield in the Premier League this season. Burnley will have to do so without goalkeeper and captain Tom Heaton, who will be out for several months with a dislocated shoulder attained in their previous fixture against Crystal Palace, leaving the gloves for Nick Pope to continue in his absence.
Burnley will be looking for a first victory at Anfield in what is currently their fourth season in the Premier League, with a 2-1 defeat in March their most recent experience against a Liverpool team who will be hoping to continue their terrific start at home, with 2 wins in 2, 5 scored and 0 conceded.
It is a ground that holds little success for Burnley however as the home side have won the last 9 meetings at Anfield in all competitions, with the last Burnley win at Anfield dating back to 24th September 1974. If this season is anything to go by though, Burnley will be looking to cause yet another upset at the home of one of the Premier League’s title hopefuls.