Liverpool will be wrestling with inconsistency as they look to continue their hunt for a top four place this Sunday, with a hime fixture against Burnley.
Match: Liverpool vs Burnley
Date: Sunday 12th March
Time: 16:00 BST
The rampant Reds defeated Arsenal last weekend with a style and brand of football that’s not been seen enough since the turn of the year, winning 3-1. That made it two wins in three after the victory over Spurs a few weeks back, but the defeat to Leicester City squeezed in-between highlights the inconsistency that’s plagued Liverpool throughout the season. It’s the inconsistency which has seen them fall out of the top four places, and the inconsistency which must be brought to a swift end.
Burnley have been a model of consistency all season. Their home form has been impeccable, kick-started by a 2-0 win over Liverpool on the second weekend, the Clarets’ results at Turf Moor have lifted them to 12th, nine points clear of the drop zone. They’ve been even more consistent away from home, albeit for the wrong reasons. Managing just two points away, Burnley have the worst record in the division when travelling, and still haven’t won at another teams ground yet.
Liverpool are expected to remain without Englishmen Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge, who have struggled to train this week. However, should Jürgen Klopp wish to, the German boss can bring Dejan Lovren back into the side, likely at the expense of Ragnar Klavan. There may be a temptation to throw Divock Origi in, instead of a midfielder, as Burnley are likely to park the bus, but it seems like the Belgian will be on the bench.
Joey Barton is available for Burnley having had his FA Charge over betting allegations suspended, and will likely line up in the middle of midfield. Fellow midfielder Steven Defour is a doubt with a slight hamstring issue, but should be fit to play. Johann Berg Gudmundsson is a bigger doubt and seems unlikely to make it.
Predicted Liverpool XI: Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana; Mane, Coutinho, Firmino.
Predicted Burnley XI: Heaton; Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Boyd, Barton, Defour, Brady, Westwood; Gray.
WHEN THEY LAST MET
As mentioned already, Liverpool last sampled the delights of playing those in Claret and Blue in the second week of the season, going down 2-0 at Turf Moor after such a promising start away at Arsenal.
Sam Vokes scored after just two minutes, whilst Andre Gray bagged the second in an extremely disappointing afternoon for Klopp’s men. However, it would be their only defeat of the season until December.
PREDICTION: Liverpool 4-0 Burnley
For all the negativity concerning Liverpool’s performances against the smaller sides this season, they have seen off the likes of Stoke, Watford, Leicester and Hull comfortably at Anfield. Here’s to the same happening against Burnley, with Philippe Coutinho bagging two.