Liverpool will play catch up with Manchester City once again on Wednesday when they travel to Burnley for their latest Premier League fixture.
The Reds were made to wait until the last seconds of their Saturday derby with Everton before Divock Origi’s fortuitous header allowed them to pinch a 1-0 win and stay within touching distance of leaders Manchester City, who beat Watford on Tuesday to re-open their five-point advantage.
Standing in the Anfield side’s way is a Burnley outfit that have been nobody’s pushovers since Sean Dyche took charge in 2012.
The Clarets, though, are struggling at the wrong end of the table with just two wins to their credit thus far, and a third against Liverpool would be a welcome tonic heading into the hectic festive season.
|Game||Burnley vs Liverpool|
|Date||Wednesday, December 5|
|Time||7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm EST|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game will be not be shown live on television but will be streamed online on NBC Sports Gold.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|N/A||NBC Sports Gold|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown live on television or streamed online.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Heaton, Lindegaard, Hart|
|Defenders||Lowton, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward, Bardsley, Long, Gibson, Cork|
|Midfielders||Brady, Hendrick, Defour, Berg Gudmundsson, Westwood, Lennon, Vydra|
|Forwards||Vokes, Barnes, Wood|
Nick Pope and Stephen Ward are long-term issues for Burnley, but otherwise, they should have a strong squad to select from.
Steven Defour is something of a doubt due to knee pain.
Possible Burnley starting XI: Hart; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Lennon, Westwood, Cork, Gudmundsson; Hendrick; Voakes
|Goalkeepers||Alisson, Mignolet, Kelleher|
|Defenders||Clyne, Gomez, Van Dijk, Moreno, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson|
|Midfielders||Jones, Fabinho, Milner, Keita, Shaqiri, Wijnaldum, Henderson|
|Forwards||Sturridge, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Solanke|
Liverpool can welcome back captain Jordan Henderson to their midfield after he missed out at the weekend due to a one-game suspension. If he plays, it will mark his 300th career league appearance.
On the other hand, there are fresh doubts over Sadio Mane, who has a cut foot, and Andy Robertson, who has been suffering from a dead leg.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a long-term absentee.
Possible Liverpool starting XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Moreno; Henderson, Milner, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Shaqiri
Betting & Match Odds
Liverpool are priced at odds of winning 2/7 according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 19/4. A win for Burnley is priced at 12/1.
Saturday’s derby victory over Everton sent Liverpool into pandemonium. Jurgen Klopp charged onto the field to hug goalkeeper Alisson, an action that cost him an £8000 FA fine, while one fan is now forever branded with the name of last-gasp goalscorer Divock Origi after pledging to Twitter he would get a tattoo of the attacker if he scored.
The manager, meanwhile, is keen to look to the future and he has warned his players about the threat that will face them at Turfmoor.
“It’s a tough place to go,” he said. “I know of the poor results of Burnley. I think everybody knew before the season it was a big challenge for them with the Europa League qualification. That’s actually a killer competition if you have to play the complete qualifiers through the pre-season and in the early stages of the season. Obviously, Burnley’s squad is not made for that, so it was clear that the start would be a bit rusty or whatever.
“Now in the league, they have been at 100% performance wise for a few weeks, which makes it a really difficult game for us like all the others. There are no easy games coming up.”
The former Dortmund boss believes that the dramatic conclusion to Sunday’s match will help his side going into this clash.
“It was brilliant in the dressing room after the game, of course,” he reflected. “But can you carry that on for two or three days? Yes, the positive emotion about the whole season so far is still there.
“We feel in a good moment and that’s what we have to make sure again. But we are not – and I don’t want to blame children! – children anymore that we celebrate something for five days and then we realise we played already another game the day before.”
Facing the Reds are a Burnley side that have made an abject start to the season. Manchester City and Chelsea – the Anfield side’s two main rivals – swept past them comfortably in October and since then Dyche’s men have lost three of their last four, including a dire 2-0 loss at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Only Fulham side below them in the standings, yet a draw could carry them out of the relegation zone and, in the circumstances, that would be a fine result.