Liverpool welcome Burnley to Anfield this Sunday in a bid to fight off their ‘small team hoodoo’. Liverpool’s only two victories have been against Tottenham and Arsenal this year in the league while they have lost to Swansea, Hull and Leicester all fighting off relegation.
Liverpool lost the reverse of this fixture 0-2 back in August, recording the highest ever possession for a losing team in a Premier League match since 2003-04 (80.4%).
Can Liverpool find a way to beat the ‘smaller teams’?
Jurgen Klopp surely has to tweak some tactics if Liverpool are to get all the three points here. They have struggled to break down teams which sit back and don’t give any space behind their backline to Liverpool. To solve this Klopp might start with a natural striker- Origi or Sturridge in the starting 11. A win here is a must for Liverpool if they are to qualify for the Champions League next season.
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Liverpool Team News
Ings remains sidelines while Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge are doubtful for this clash. Dejan Lovren is likely to be restored to the starting 11 as he was on the bench against Arsenal and is now fit. Even Firmino is a doubt as he didn't train on Friday.
Klopp: " We know how to play but in the end you have to come into specific spaces and make the right decisions. We don’t concentrate only on set-pieces, counter-pressing – it is an all-around challenge."
Burnley looking to improve their horrendous away form
The Clarets are the worst away team in the league, managing just 2 points from their 13 away trips till now. They are also winless in their last 5 competitive matches, though they did manage to earn a hard-earned point against Chelsea at home. Burnley will be looking to do the obvious, defend deep and compact and hoping that Andre Grey can come away with something on the counter.
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Burnley Team News
Steven Defour and goalkeeper Tom Heaton are doubts while Dean Marney and Gudmundsson are out for this clash. Jon Flanagan is ineligible to play against his parent club.
Probable Starting XI:
Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet, Milner, Lovren, Matip, Clyne, Can, Lallana, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Origi, Mane
Burnley (4-4-2): Tom Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Boyd, Barton, Hendrick, Brady, Gray, Vokes
Player to watch out for
He has to be at the top of his game if Liverpool are to break down a stubborn Burnley defence. Burnley will not be giving much space for Liverpool’s one two's and hence Mane’s pace and directness will be absolutely vital for the Reds. Expect him to open the scoring.
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Liverpool 1-0 Burnley
Liverpool don’t win many games by this scoreline, but Burnley are horrible away from home. Sean Dyche’s men will not give much away and Liverpool will struggle. Might turn out to be a scrappy outing for both the teams.
You can watch the match live on the Star Sports Network this Sunday at 9.30 PM.