Liverpool contest their first home Premier League game of the season on Saturday lunchtime when they welcome Sean Dyche’s Burnley to Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds got their 2021-22 campaign off to an ideal start last weekend when they dispatched newly-promoted Norwich City 0-3 at Carrow Road.
Goals from Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah were the difference as the Merseysiders ran out comfortable winners in East Anglia.
Firmino’s goal for Liverpool against Norwich will give him confidence ahead of facing Burnley – a side in which he has 6 goal involvements in his last 6 Premier League appearances against.
Sean Dyche’s Burnley side ended last season in 17th position in the Premier League table, their lowest placing since their return to the top flight in 2016.
The Clarets’ Premier League opener with Brighton got off to a great start as James Tarkowski put them ahead after just 2 minutes, but they were unable to cling on to a result and were on the receiving end of a 1-2 reverse at Turf Moor by the Seagulls.
The defeat to Brighton is Burnley’s 4th consecutive Premier League loss and their 8th in their last 10 top flight games rolling on from last season.
To make matters worse for Burnley, they travel to Anfield to take on a Liverpool outfit who have won their last 6 top flight matches in a row and are 11 games without defeat – the current longest run without a loss of any Premier League side.
That being said, the Clarets are familiar with putting an end to records, having been the team to snap Liverpool’s 68-game Premier League unbeaten Anfield run with a 1-0 win in January.
It was an Ashley Barnes penalty which was the difference on that occasion and the forward is in line for his first start of the season against the Reds on Saturday.
However, Sean Dyche is still missing Kevin Long with a lower leg issue and Dale Stephens will also miss out with ankle trouble.
Injuries were a key component in Liverpool’s struggles last season, although Jurgen Klopp was able to steer his side to a Champions League finish despite the fact that looked an impossible task at one stage.
Virgil van Dijk was a key miss for the most part of 2020-21, but he’s fit again and started alongside Joel Matip versus Norwich – himself a player who was unavailable for large chunks of last term.
Jurgen Klopp still has some injury concerns to contend with ahead of the clash with Burnley at Anfield, though, with Andy Robertson ruled out and Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson both rated touch and go to feature.
Liverpool v Burnley at Anfield kicks off at 12.30pm on Saturday 21st August.