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PREVIEW: Burnley v Liverpool

Big match build-up as the Clarets prepare to face Champions League winners

31 August 2019

It’s a big day on the calendar as the European champions come to town.

Turf Moor is sold out for the televised visit of a Liverpool side which last season won the Champions League and missed out on a first Premier League title by just two points.

Jurgen Klopp’s side lost just once in the league last season – to eventual champions Manchester City – and are up and running this time around with maximum points so far.

That makes them formidable opponents as the Clarets look to back up their opening-day home win over Southampton.

Burnley have taken just four points from 10 games meetings with the Merseysiders in the Premier League era.

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But that doesn’t tell the full story as the Clarets suffered four straight defeats in their first two attempts at Premier League survival.

Since finding their feet in the top-flight under Sean Dyche things have been far more competitive

The Clarets have a win and a draw to show from their last six meetings and there hadn’t been more than a goal between the sides until last season when last-gasp goals gave the Reds more flattering margins of victory.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche again aims to make it tight but knows it will take a top-notch performance from his side to bring some reward.

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“We know they are a very strong side. We have taken wins and points off these sides before, but you have to be right on top of your performance levels.

“You have to be in the Premier League anyway, but against the real super-powers you have to make sure you are at maximum performance.

“You have to stay focused on all areas of the game. You’ve got to attack well because you might not have the ball as much as you’d hope.

“You’ve got to defend well, for obvious reasons, and the transition is really important.

“When the ball turns over these clubs are affective very quickly so you have to make sure you get your defensive positions very early and you have to make sure that when they are expansive at times some of these clubs, including Liverpool, on turnover when you can be effective. I think you have to do these things well.”

Team news

The Clarets will be without widemen Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady.

Gudmundsson has a calf strain, while Brady has played just 75 minutes of a training-ground bounce game since recovering from a rib injury.

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Liverpool are still missing goalkeeper Alisson - with summer signing Adrian (above) again set to deputise - and midfielder Naby Keita.

Form guide

The Clarets – beaten by Sunderland in the Carabao Cup in mid-week – have recorded a win, a draw and a defeat so far in the Premier League.

Their only home game produced a 3-0 opening-day win against Southampton.

Liverpool have been involved in two penalty shoot-outs already this season, losing the Community Shield to Manchester City and then lifting the European Super Cup by beating Chelsea.

There have been no blips in their Premier League start, however, with three successive wins.

Opposition camp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “Turf Moor is a really tough place to go. We’ve had it pretty much all weather circumstances. I think my very first game there was one of the hottest days in England I’ve ever experienced, then we had wind, rain, everything. In all the games it was difficult, it is always difficult.

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“Everybody wrote about me and Sean Dyche not being best of friends after the last game, but we are proper competitors. We don't hide our emotions. But it was completely respectful.

“I respect what Sean is doing there to keep a team like Burnley always on that level of motivation, determination and desire. That’s so difficult but they’re doing that.”

“The way they play is pretty clear, they don’t change a lot, but they do it that good that everybody struggles who goes there. I can’t remember any team who won there high, it’s really rare.”

"That’s what we are prepared for. It’s not planning a holiday when you go to Burnley, it’s really planning the hardest work you can imagine. Burnley (are) a really good football team who know how to use their skills.”

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The Clarets entertain reigning European Champions for the first time since a 1-0 win over Manchester United in September, 1968.

Ashley Barnes is aiming to become the first Claret to score in five successive Premier League matches and the first since Ray Pointer in 1962 to score in five top-flight games in a row.

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Jeff Hendrick will make his 100th Premier League appearance if he features.

The Clarets have scored in all six games against Liverpool while Jurgen Klopp has been manager of the Reds.

Liverpool will equal their Premier League record of 21 games without defeat if they don’t lose at Turf Moor.

The Merseysiders are also looking to equal a club record of six successive away top-flight wins.

Referee

Chris Kavanagh

VAR

Stephen Child

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REPORT: Burnley 0 Liverpool 3

Clarets can't stop Liverpool setting new club record winning run

31 August 2019

It was unlucky 13 for the Clarets as Liverpool set a new club record for consecutive top-flight wins.

The 18-time English champions – although never in the Premier League era after last season’s near miss – had never exceeded a dozen victories in a row.

But thanks to a slice of good fortune Jurgen Klopp's men were able to set a new mark courtesy of an own-goal credited to Chris Wood, a Sadio Mane strike and a late Roberto Firmino effort which earned the Brazilian his own footnote in history.

A deflected cross off Wood which flew into the Clarets’ net with just over half an hour gone broke the deadlock after Sean Dyche’s men had asked questions of the European Champions.

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And when Mane was gifted a second goal moments later, Burnley were left with too great a gap to bridge in their quest to avoid a second defeat of the campaign ahead of the international break.

It had been back to business for the Clarets' ‘Premier League team’ after their mid-week cup exit, although both widemen were re-deployed as ex-Everton man Aaron Lennon made his first league start for the Clarets since December in the absence of the injured Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

And a positive selection was reflected in an excellent start from the Clarets, who played with a real intensity to take the game to the league’s early pace-setters.

There were only two minutes gone when Matt Lowton played a ball over the top for Wood to get behind the Liverpool defence.

The striker’s first touch was excellent and after turning inside Virgil van Dyk, it took a decent save from Adrian to keep out his low, curling effort.

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Liverpool weren’t averse to going long themselves as they countered with a chance for Mo Salah which brought a finger-tip save from Nick Pope as the England man touched Salah’s fierce strike onto the post.

And Salah was denied again by Pope after 20 minutes after a lovely, clipped pass from Jordan Henderson had got the Egyptian in behind Burnley’s back four.

But with the Clarets giving as good as they were getting, the context of the game suddenly changed with a fortunate opening goal for the visitors.

Trent Alexander-Arnold had been fully extended at the other end of the pitch by Dwight McNeil as the Clarets’ winger showed why he has earned his first selection at England Under-21 level.

But when the Liverpool full-back was able to get forward and deliver a speculative cross, the ball nicked off Wood and in a swirling wind gave Pope no chance as it dropped under the bar and into the far corner.

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And with the Clarets reeling from that blow they then handed the Reds a second goal just four minutes later.

The mistakes made by Burnley skipper Ben Mee during his lengthy stay at Turf Moor can virtually be counted on one hand, but this time his mis-placed pass proved costly as Roberto Firmino released Mane to race clear and finish in clinical fashion.

The Clarets needed a response and just before the break Ashley Barnes had a sight of goal which he couldn’t convert into his fifth goal of the season as his shot was dragged wide.

It was not to be Barnes’ day as the striker looked to become the first Burnley player to scored in five consecutive Premier League games - and the first since Ray Pointer 67 years ago to find the net in five successive top-flight games.

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And it wasn’t easy going for anyone in a claret shirt trying to pierce a Liverpool defence which closed out its first clean sheet of the campaign.

James Tarkowksi, who had been a pillar of strength and poise for the Clarets at the back, went closest with a header over the top from a McNeil corner before substitute Jay Rodriguez had a late chance which Adrian saved well at the second attempt.

But with a two-goal cushion, the visitors were never removed from their comfort zone.

And with 10 minutes to go they again displayed their ruthlessness on the break to confirm the extension of their 100 per cent start.

Firmino released Salah from half-way and then made up the ground to tuck the ball past Pope from the return pass to become the first Brazilian to score 50 Premier League goals on a day of records for the Reds.

Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Lennon, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Wood, Barnes (Rodriguez 79). Substitutes: Hart, Taylor, Drinkwater, Hendrick, Vydra, Long.

Booked: None

Liverpool: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson (Oxlade-Chamberlain 71), Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino (Shaqiri 85), Mane (Origi 85). Substitutes: Kelleher, Milner, Gomez, Lallana.

Booked: None

Referee: Christopher Kavanagh

Attendance: 21,763

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