Liverpool will look to continue their late surge for the Champions League places when they travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley in the Premier League.
Along with Arsenal, Liverpool are one of just two teams to have collected 9 points from their last 9 available in the top flight – a timely patch of form heading into the dying stages of the season.
A matter of weeks ago a top 4 tilt looked impossible for Jurgen Klopp’s men, but the Reds have now given themselves a great chance to secure Champions League football next term with two games remaining.
A blistering victory at bitter rivals Manchester United last week was followed up by a moment of magnificence by goalkeeper Alisson Becker last time out against West Brom – although, it was up the other end that the Brazilian made his mark.
The keeper’s 95th minute header from a corner sparked pandemonium amongst the Liverpool bench, with that rarest of footballing sights securing a massive 3 points in the race for the top 4.
With Leicester City being beaten by Chelsea on Tuesday night too, the Reds’ gap to the Foxes in 4th is just 3 points.
Victory over Burnley on Wednesday would see the Merseysiders claim 4th place with one game left via the medium of a superior goal difference.
Clarets boss Sean Dyche will be well aware of the implications of this game for Liverpool, and no doubt that will add extra motivation to burst the balloon.
It was Burnley who ended Liverpool’s remarkable Anfield Premier League record earlier this season – a defeat which lit the fuse on a wretched run of form on their own patch for the Reds.
Wretched form is also an apt way of describing how Burnley head in to this one, having been smashed 4-0 last time out by Leeds United.
In terms of team news Dyche will again be missing Robbie Brady and Kevin Long, whilst Phil Bardsley and Dale Stephens are more recent frequenters of the medical room.
Goalkeeper Nick Pope has been touted by some as a shoo-in for England’s Euro 2020 squad, but the rangy stopper is rated touch-and-go to play as he battles a shoulder issue.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has seen his squad plagued by injury this season and that remains the case for the trip to Turf Moor.
Centre back has been a massive problem, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip long term absentees. To make matters worse, Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies also have knocks and won’t feature on Wednesday.
Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita also won’t be involved, but Diogo Jota may make the matchday 18 if he can scrape through a fitness test.
Burnley v Liverpool is an 8.15pm kick off on Wednesday 19th May.