Liverpool look to overcome Burnley, which hopes to be a calmer fixture than last week, as they head to Turf Moor today in their second game of the new season.
This game was originally supposed to be played at Anfield but as the Anfield Main Stand revamp continues, the two clubs agreed to flip the fixture list. Burnley couldn’t have asked for a better start to their new life in the Premier League as they head into their second home game on a trot although they faded in their last fixture against Swansea City going down 1-0.
Liverpool swept to a glorious 4-3 victory at the Emirates last week scoring thrice in the second half to seal the game. The two teams entered the second half being locked 1-1 at half-time with goals from Theo Walcott and Philippe Coutinho, who curled in a brilliant free-kick. The Reds went 4-1 up inside 20 minutes after the restart with goals coming from Adam Lallana, Coutinho again and a brilliant solo finish by new signing Sadio Mane. Arsenal fought back twice with goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers to make it 4-3 but Jurgen Klopp’s men hung on to take all three points back to Merseyside.
Burnley, on the other hand, kicked off their season hosting Swansea but couldn’t take anything as they lost 1-0. The Clarets looked like they might steal a win but missed a lot of chances as the game stayed 0-0 for the majority of the period and eventually went down to Leroy Fer’s goal with less than 10 minutes to spare to give Swans the three points.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche will be more than welcome to field new signing Steven Defour, having snapped up from Belgian side Anderlecht on a three-year deal for a club record transfer fee of £8m. Jon Flanagan on loan at Burnley is ineligible to play against his parent club as per FA loan rules while Ashley Barnes (hamstring) remains sidelined.
Mane’s shoulder injury is the headline team news ahead of the clash, but it seems not that bad as expected according to Klopp but he also admitted that he might miss Burnley clash. Meanwhile, Joe Gomez (Achilles), Loris Karius (wrist) and Mamadou Sakho (Achilles) remain sidelined. Daniel Sturridge and James Milner are expected to be involved after returning from their respective injuries and trained with the team on Friday. Milner looks like set to replace Moreno at left back position after a poor display against the Gunners.
HEAD TO HEAD
Played – 114
Burnley Wins – 36
Draw – 27
Liverpool Wins – 57
HEAD TO HEAD FIXTURES
04-Mar-15 – Premier League – Liverpool 2-0 Burnley
26-Dec-14 – Premier League – Burnley 0-1 Liverpool
25-Apr-10 – Premier League – Burnley 0-4 Liverpool
12-Sep-09 – Premier League – Liverpool 4-0 Burnley
18-Jan-05 – FA Cup – Burnley 1-0 Liverpool
Burnley – LDWWW
13-Aug – Premier League – Burnley 0-1 Swansea City
05-Aug – Friendly – Burnley 1-1 Real Sociedad
30-Jul – Friendly – Rangers 1-3 Burnley
26-Jul – Friendly – Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Burnley
23-Jul – Friendly – Bradford City 1-4 Burnley
Liverpool – WLWLW
14-Jul – Premier League – Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool
07-Jul – Friendly – Mainz 05 4-0 Liverpool
06-Jul – Friendly – Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona
02-Jul – Friendly – Liverpool 1-2 AS Roma
31-Jul – Friendly – Liverpool 2-0 AC Milan
Burnley (4-4-2): Tom Heaton; Matthew Lowton, Michael Keane, Ben Mee, Stephen Ward; George Boyd, Dean Marney, Steven Defour, Scott Arfield; Andre Gray, Sam Vokes.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Simon Mignolet; Nathaniel Clyne, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, James Milner; Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, Giorginio Wijnaldum; Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho; Divock Origi.
Burnley 11/2, Draw 29/10, Liverpool 4/7
Burnley 1-2 Liverpool
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