MATCH PREVIEW; LIVERPOOL VS BURNLEY
So Liverpool is back on home turf against Sean Dyche’s Clarets in Match week 30. Coming on the back of 2 draws against Manchester United and Everton on the road, this game takes on slightly more significance as Jurgen Klopp’s reds can scarcely afford to drop any more points. I do have to say that contrary to the term being peddled everywhere on the internet, “bottlers” is scarcely the way to describe a team challenging last season’s runaway winners (who have a second eleven that is easily a “Top 6” side).
- Liverpool have won nine of their last 11 home games against Burnley in all competitions (D2) since a 0-1 loss in September 1974.
- Burnley have picked up just four points from their 27 available in the Premier League against Liverpool (W1 D1 L7), winning 2-0 at Turf Moor in August 2016 before drawing this fixture last season.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 35 Premier League home games (W25 D10). There have only been three longer such unbeaten runs in the history of the competition – Chelsea (86 games between March 2004-October 2008), Man City (37 between December 2010-December 2012) and Man Utd (36 between December 1998-December 2000).
- Burnley have won two of their last three Premier League games played on Sunday (L1), as many as they had in their previous 20 (W2 D4 L14).
- Liverpool have failed to win five of their nine Premier League games in 2019 (W4 D4 L1) – they’d only failed to win three of their first 20 before the turn of the year this season (W17 D3 L0).
- Burnley have only lost one of their last five away league games (W2 D2), though it was their last such match on the road (0-2 vs Newcastle).
- Mohamed Salah has failed to score in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time at Liverpool. His next goal will be his 50th for the club in the competition.
- Burnley’s last nine Premier League goals have been scored by either Ashley Barnes (5) or Chris Wood (4).
- Ashley Barnes has scored nine Premier League goals this season – he could become just the fourth Burnley player to reach double figures in a single campaign in the competition (Danny Ings 11 in 2014-15, Sam Vokes 10 in 2016-17, Chris Wood 10 in 2017-18).
- Sadio Mane has scored in each of his last five home Premier League games for Liverpool, netting six goals in total.
HEAD TO HEAD
Source; Premier League
Being back at Anfield is a huge plus for Liverpool, as the reds tend to start quicker. A quick start, an early goal will force Burnley to chase the game; which suits the Reds to a “T”. It will also settle the home crowd’s nerves. Burnley will definitely not be a push over, with their physicality. But Liverpool should win this one; they have certainly goat all the motivation they need. I’m going for a home win, with a clean sheet. 3-0