BY SAMSON MBII,16TH SEPT 2017-Liverpool hopes to get back to winning ways in the Premier League again on Saturday, when they host a resilient Burnley side at Anfield starting 2:30pm kenya time.
Liverpool go into the match after 5-0 humiliation in the hands of Manchester City on Saturday as Sadio Mane was shown a red card for his nasty challenge on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson that forced the stopper to be stretchered off. The shot stopper required several stitches to close a huge gash on his cheek. Thereafter the Red’s 2-2 draw with Sevilla in their UEFA Champions League group stage clash completed a not-so convincing run in two games.
Although The Kops have had some tests this season already, top of the temptations Arsenal, they still have shown some frailties especially defensively and there is overwhelming evidence against their title chase case.
Against a tricky Burnley side, Jurgen Klopp will be extra cautious not to suffer another setback here. The tactician is well aware of the task at hand, and that task needs to be done minus of his key assassins – the suspended Sadio mane.
In Mane’s absence, Klopp is likely call on Philippe Coutinho as the Brazilian bids to return to full fitness and the coach is set to continue rotating his goalkeepers with Loris Karius making way for Simon Mignolet. Former Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also finally be handed the central midfield role he has been craving as Klopp shuffles his pack after a few draining weekends.
Burnley, meanwhile, have tabled a very strong case for themselves this term. They have just not been tested, but been put up against strong Premier League opposition in Chelsea and Spurs. A 3-2 win away to Chelsea was statement enough of what Burnley can offer this season, considering they just picked 7 points on the road last season. A 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Turf Moor last time out means Sean Dyche side will be bristling with confidence and could be licking their lips ready for another slay at the Anfield.
Teams at a glance
Liverpool: Mane ( suspended)
Burnley: Tom Heaton (injured)
Head to head
1) Liverpool have won all three previous Premier League home games against Burnley, and have five wins out of six meetings in the division overall.
2)It is 43 years since Burnley’s last victory at Anfield, a 1-0 triumph in Division One in September 1974.
3)The Reds have won 12 of their last 17 fixtures against the Clarets in all competitions, losing just three.
Burnley are well organised at the back and but can anytime pull a stunner. They have just failed to score in one match this season, and on a good day they can grab at least two goals. Liverpool’s attack line is a livewire in itself, the trio of Firmino, Coutinho and Salah upfront charge can run down any opposition. It’s a very tight match where we should expect goals and most likely a draw.