By Luke Farron
The Reds will be welcomed to Turf Moor by Burnley on Saturday night. Let’s start with Burnley
Although Burnley lost 3-1 to Sunderland in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday it is difficult to hold Burnley to that as Sean Dyche made 10 changes for that game. What you can use is the performances at the start of the season such as Wolves where Burnley just got held to a draw by Raul Jiménez’s 97th minute penalty.
Ashley Barnes took his goal tally up to four in three games last weekend. He was causing the Wolves backline all sorts of problems but this is very unlikely to happen with Liverpool’s defence and the pairing of Van Dijk and Joel Matip.
As Burley rely on corners to give them chances you may find Burnley have to hope that a shirt is pulled or a foul in the area and VAR to help them succeed. Adrian will have to be on his toes making sure that the long balls from the likes of Erik Pieters and Dwight McNeil who has the second highest number of assists in the league behind Trent.
Burnley have however lost winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson. He went off with a calf injury last weekend and contributes more defensively than his likely replacement Aaron Lennon, which will mean Robertson can push up more.
Moving on to Liverpool…
Liverpool have had seven games since they were triumphant over Arsenal as they look to make it four wins in a row to start the new Premier League season.
Salah was at his absolute best at the weekend and was given a lot of space. It is unlikely that he will get that much space this weekend though as Burnley tend to really sit deep and give you no space at the back. This is why I would consider playing 4-2-3-1 with Shaqiri right wing and Salah up top with Firmino playing behind Salah and Mane on the left.
Firmino also looked very good against Arsenal and his movement and ability to link up play Liverpool’s forward play will be essential to breaking down Burnley’s stubborn defence.
The odds for this game definitely steer towards Liverpool quite dramatically. Liverpool have won 4 of their 5 away trips to Turf Moor in the Premier League
era and they are currently on a 12 game winning run in the top flight dating back to last season.
A win for Liverpool would be great and would push us to a 13 game winning streak and top of the table heading into the international break.
I say 1-3 to Liverpool and a solid win that maybe will have a cheeky goal from Burnley.
I’ll be back after the game to discuss my thoughts tonight!