Liverpool vs Burnley prediction: How will Premier League fixture play out today?
Liverpool will be looking to avoid a repeat of one of the shocks of last season when they host Burnley in the Premier League this afternoon.
Jurgen Klopp’s side saw their 68-game home unbeaten run in the Premier League ended by Burnley in January, as Ashley Barnes converted a late penalty to secure the Clarets’ first win at Anfield since 1974.
Sean Dyche’s side were beaten 2-1 by Brighton in their opener last weekend while Liverpool cruised to a 3-0 win over Norwich at Carrow Road thanks to goals from Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.
The Reds were boosted by the return of Virgil van Dijk from a long-term injury, and midfielders Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara could also return this weekend.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match today.
When is it on?
The match kicks off at 12:30pm BST on Saturday 21 August.
How can I watch it?
It will be shown live on BT Sport 1, with coverage starting from 11:30am. BT Sport customers can also watch the match on the BT Sport website and app.
What is the team news?
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Jordan Henderson and Thiago are “close” to being fully fit but said in his pre-match press conference that it will likely be another week before the midfielders are ready for selection. Curtis Jones is available again after missing the Norwich match due to a concussion.
The Liverpool manager also spoke about Fabinho following the passing of his father earlier this week. “I would like to say it’s a private situation,” Klopp said. “Fab is here and is doing what he is able to do and that’s it pretty much.”
That means Liverpool could retain their starting midfield from the Norwich match, with James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to keep their spots. Kostas Tsimikas continues to deputise for the injured Andy Robertson while Roberto Firmino will be pushing for a start following his goal off the bench last weekend.
Dale Stephens and Kevin Long remain out for Burnley but Sean Dyche has no further injury concerns.
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Milner, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Mane, Jota, Salah
Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Mee, Tarkowski, Taylor; Brownhill, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Wood, Barnes
Sean Dyche’s side may have been unbeaten on their previous two visits to Anfield, but Liverpool are set to be a different proposition with the return of their home fans at Anfield. Burnley always pose a challenge but Jurgen Klopp’s side should be too strong here. Liverpool 2-0 Burnley
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