Burnley vs Liverpool Preview: How to watch, team news, predicted line-ups and ones to watch
Joel Matip of Liverpool competes for a header with Jay Rodriguez of Burnley during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Burnley at Anfield on August 21, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Burnley face another tough test this weekend as they host Liverpool at Turf Moor.

The Clarets sit bottom of the Premier League whereas their challengers are pushing to keep up with runaway leaders Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp's side sit 12 points behind City, with two games in hand, and a win here would surely strengthen their slim chances of catching Pep Guardiola's men.

It is a completely different picture for Sean Dyche's side, who are staring at a very possible first relegation in seven years.

So picking up points is massive for The Clarets, no matter the difficulty of the fixture.

  • Team News

Burnley will be buoyed by the news that this season's talisman, Maxwel Cornet is fit for this game, despite coming off in the draw with Manchester United with suspected cramp.

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Despite this Dyche still has absentees within his squad for this game.

Czech international Matej Vydra will be out for a period of time after undergoing a hernia operation.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson is also out for the foreseeable future, following a bout of appendicitis.

And another important player in Charlie Taylor is a doubt for this Sunday's game as he continues his comeback from an ankle injury.

Klopp should see the return of Mohamed Salah to his starting 11, in the wake of a substitute appearance against Leicester City on Thursday.

Salah had been absent at the African Cup of Nations, as was winger Sadio Mane who is 'touch and go' for this one, following his Senegal side defeating a Salah-led Egypt in the final of the competition.

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Divock Origi (knee) and Joe Gomez (illness) will have late fitness tests before the game, and may be fit enough to make the bench.

  • Ones to watch

Burnley - Jay Rodriguez: The Burnley-born striker managed to force his way back into the side for the visit of Ralf Rangnick's United in midweek, and was rewarded with a goal.

His budding partnership with new signing Wout Weghorst showed, when the 6ft6in Dutchman slipped Rodriguez through to score his 100th career league goal.

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Expect the 32-year-old to cause the Liverpool backline problems with his runs in between the lines.

Liverpool - Mohamed Salah: Salah's 30-minute cameo against Leicester showed what The Reds have been missing in his absence due to International duty.

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The Egyptian hit a curling effort against the bar in the 80th minute of the game, to prove he hasn't missed a beat after time away.

The 29-year-old scored in eight of the first nine Premier League fixtures this season, with Burnley the only side to deny him, so he will be looking to amend that here.

  • Predicted Line-Ups

Burnley: Pope, Roberts, Mee, Tarkowski, Pieters, McNeil, Brownhill, Westwood, Cornet, Rodriguez, Weghorst. (4-4-2)

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Thiago, Fabinho, Jones, Salah, Jota, Diaz. (4-3-3)

  • Form Guide

Burnley come into this game unbeaten in three league games, however have not won in the competition since the end of October.

Since that win The Clarets have lost four times in 11 games.

Liverpool have won their last three in the league, and are unbeaten in five, with the last loss coming away at Leicester back in December.

This will be a far from routine win for Klopp's men, as Burnley will bring defensive resilience and have a sell-out home crowd behind them.

However, the speed of The Reds counter-attack and intensity of their counter-press should be enough to see of Dyche's side this time around.

Prediction - Burnley 1-3 Liverpool

This game will not be broadcast for UK audiences, however, highlights of the game will be available on the Sky Sports YouTube Channel, as well as on Match Of The Day 2, which is on BBC Two at 10:30pm.

 

 

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