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PREVIEW: Burnley v Liverpool

Tale of the tape as Clarets prepare for big Turf Moor night

5 December 2018

The Clarets face another big night at Turf Moor as they look to pull off a landmark result and climb out of the Premier League’s bottom three.

Sean Dyche’s men beat Liverpool on their own ground two years ago and last season were only seconds away from taking a point when the two sides met on New Year’s Day.

That followed a 1-1 draw at Anfield earlier in the season as the Clarets made a flying start to a historic campaign.

Burnley are yet to hit those heights again this term, while the Reds – who boast the best defensive record in the top flight – are unbeaten in the league as they look to stay in touch with champions and leaders Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will also arrive in East Lancashire on a high following their last-gasp derby-day win over Everton on Sunday.

Sam Vokes scored his first Premier League goal to help beat Liverpool

But Burnley have upset the big guns before.

And a repeat of the point they took from City on their march to the title last season will be enough to lift the Clarets out of the drop-zone, with Dyche looking to the fans to play their part in Burnley’s bid to beat the odds and potentially kick-start a revival.  

“We have had our fair share of results playing against these sides,” said the Burnley boss.

“The stats show how difficult it is playing against these sides – not just Liverpool but all the top six.

“But everyone loves an underdog story and everyone loves someone to beat someone they shouldn’t.

“The fans outside Liverpool want that and the Burnley fans definitely want that.

“It’s a mentality and a belief system and going in and delivering a performance in the right manner.

“It’s a crowd getting behind the team and that connecting thing we’ve had many, many times here at Turf Moor.

“Even though we went down in the game against Newcastle, the fans were absolutely fantastic. It was one of the highest-energy atmospheres we’ve had there for a long time. That is a really important factor.

“You need all of that and you still need a good performance and, when you play the big boys, you sometimes need the rub of the green.”

Team news

Steven Defour is an injury doubt for the Clarets with a slight knee problem.

Liverpool are expected to make changes after Sunday’s Merseyside derby and with a make-or-break Champions League group decider against Napoli less than a week away.

Forward Sadio Mane is set to miss out with a cut foot and left-back Andy Robertson is among those expected to be given a breather.

Divock Origi (above) could earn a start after his dramatic late winner against Everton.

Captain Jordan Henderson is back from suspension and expected to make his 300th career league appearance.

Form guide

The Clarets are looking to end a seven-match winless run and secure a first home victory since September.

Liverpool are unbeaten in the Premier League and have won five of their last six games.

They haven’t travelled well in Europe with defeats in all three of their away group games in the Champions League.

Opposition camp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “The Burnley squad is strong and I know they will be fine in the end of the season, I am sure.

“They look calm in the moment and so far they didn’t get the results they maybe would have deserved with their performances.

“Now we have to make sure their run starts at the earliest at the weekend and not earlier.”

Match stats

Burnley boss Sean Dyche takes charge of his 300th league game as a manager – 46 with Watford and 254 with the Clarets.

Liverpool are chasing a win that would give them their highest ever points’ tally after 15 games of a season.

All of Liverpool’s seven goals at Turf Moor in the Premier League have come in the second half of matches.

The Reds have won only one of their last seven away games against teams in the relegation zone.

Referee

Stuart Attwell

Kick-off

7.45pm

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Match Reports

Burnley 1 Liverpool 3

Clarets lead but can't stop Liverpool extending unbeaten league record

5 December 2018

The Clarets remain in the Premier League’s bottom three but showed the stomach for the fight as they pushed title-chasing Liverpool all the way in a rousing Turf Moor performance.

Jack Cork’s second league goal of the season nine minutes into the second half threatened to end the Reds’ unbeaten record as Burnley sensed an end to their seven-game winless run.

Two goals in seven minutes from the ageless James Milner and substitute Roberto Firminho dashed those hopes as Liverpool’s rapier-like response brought them back to within two points of defending champions Manchester City at the top of the table.

But Sean Dyche’s new-look side showed the character and ability that remains within the camp as they restored belief with a performance they will need to repeat and which wasn’t reflected in the margin of a Liverpool win embellished by Xherdan Shaqiri’s injury-time strike.

Dyche made five changes to the Clarets’ starting line-up in a bid to shake things up following the dismal showing at Crystal Palace at the weekend.

And the response was just what the manager – and the home supporters – would have wanted as Burnley took the initiative to rattle the unbeaten Reds from the off.

Phil Bardsley, back in the side at right-back, set the tone with a couple of thunderous early tackles which immediately lifted the mood inside Turf Moor.

He was also responsible for creating the first chance of the night with an early ball forward to the recalled Ashley Barnes.

Barnes helped it on to Chris Wood, but the striker delayed in getting his shot off as the opportunity passed him by.

Bardsley teed up Wood again with a booming diagonal pass for a shot which was deflected over the bar.

And from the corner that followed, Bardsley wasn’t far away with a rasping long-range drive which flew just wide of Allison’s right-hand post.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp also shuffled his pack, making seven changes to the side that had won Sunday’s Merseyside derby with Everton.

But his re-shaped side was never allowed to find their feet as Burnley pressed all over the pitch with the kind of up-tempo performance that had gone missing at time this season.

The visitors were given few sights of Joe Hart’s goal, Daniel Sturridge wasting their best opening with a poor touch from Milner’s cross moments after throwing himself to the floor in disappointing fashion to secure a free-kick.

And momentarily it was the Clarets who thought they had grabbed the opening goal to lead at the break, Barnes superbly volleying home a wickedly delivered free-kick from Robbie Brady before having his celebrations curtailed by an assistant referee’s offside flag.

The pace didn’t drop at the start of the second half, although this time it was Liverpool doing the pressing.

And it took two fine saves from Hart to keep the visitors at bay.

The first, turning away a Sturridge shot, was more regulation for the England international.

But the second was right out the top drawer as he flew across his goal to finger-tip a Naby Keita shot wide via the outside of the post.

And Burnley capitalised in rousing style to go in front.

Liverpool boasted the best defensive record in the division and were one clean sheet away from setting a new top-flight record for the fewest goals conceded at this stage of a top-flight season.

But they were breached for only the sixth time as the Clarets’ hunger paid off following a corner from Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Allison was only able to parry James Tarkowski’s header and when Barnes beat him to the punch to the loose ball, Cork was on hand to tap into an empty net.

Liverpool’s response was to warm up Firminho and top scorer Mo Salah.

But before they made it on the Reds were level as Burnley’s advantage lasted just five minutes, Milner picking up a lay-off from Origi to fire through a crowd of bodies past an un-sighted Hart and into the bottom corner.

And when Firminho did join the action, he scored with his first touch as Liverpool went ahead to complete the turn-around.

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s floated pass from a short free-kick unlocked the Clarets’ defence and when Virgil van Dijk got around the ball to steer the ball across the face of goal, Firminho couldn’t miss from two yards out.

Ashley Westwood, another to bring some added energy to the claret and blue ranks, shot at Allison as Burnley tried to respond.

But despite the heroics of Tarkowski and Bardsley at the other end, as they followed up a double save from Hart with incredible blocks to deny Keita, the Clarets couldn’t bridge the one-goal gap and gain the reward their performance deserved as Ben Mee’s last-minute header was clawed away by Allison.

The goalkeeper then looked to have carried the ball out of play at the expense of another corner, but was allowed to launch the counter-attack which ended with Shaqiri’s clinical finish as Liverpool bagged the points which makes it their best ever start to a season after the first 15 games.

Burnley: Hart, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Cork, Brady (Lennon 71); Barnes (Vydra 84), Wood (Vokes 71). Substitutes: Heaton, Lowton, Hendrick, Long.

Booked: Vydra

Liverpool: Alisson; Gomez (Alexander-Arnold 23), Matip, van Dijk, Moreno (Salah 65); Keita, Henderson, Milner; Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi (Firminho 66). Substitutes: Mignolet, Fabinho, Lallana, Camacho.

Booked: None

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Attendance: 21,741

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