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PREVIEW: Liverpool v Burnley

Build-up as the Clarets aim to end champions' perfect home

11 July 2020

The Clarets will need to do what no other Premier League side has done this season if they are to make it a hat-trick of away wins and send a further shockwave around the race for Europe.

No team has won at Anfield in the Premier League this season – or even taken a point from the newly crowned champions for that matter.

The Reds have swept all before them on Merseyside as they finally lifted the title for the first time since 1990.

Jurgen Klopp’s side is still chasing the nine more points they need to surpass Manchester City’s record haul of 100 two seasons ago and so won’t be easing off.

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But the Clarets won’t plan just to turn up as polite guests at another title-winning party – albeit it one with no guests in the stands.

Sean Dyche’s men have a target of their own as they look to keep on challenging for a Europa League qualifying spot – which may extend down as far as the team finishing eighth if Manchester City complete a domestic cup double but are excluded from Europe themselves.

With the bit between their teeth, the Clarets have made themselves tough to beat in a 12-game run which has seen them lose only to City in the Premier League.

Three wins in their last four games have kept the 10th-placed Clarets firmly in the chasing pack with goalkeeper Nick Pope conceding just one goal in that run.

Three clean sheets have taken him one clear in the battle for the league’s golden glove with Liverpool’s Alisson just behind.

The two meet at Anfield with Pope looking forward to the challenge of taking on the best in the business as he bids to help keep the Clarets climbing.

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“He’s obviously a great goalkeeper,” said Burnley’s number-one, who made his full Premier League debut in a 1-1 draw at Anfield three years ago.

“Part of the Premier League is going to the big grounds and testing against yourselves against the best players in the world and again the biggest teams in the world.

“Liverpool are certainly one of those at the minute so it will be great to go there and show what we’ve got.”

Team news

The Clarets have no fresh injury concerns but remain without skipper Ben Mee, midfielder Jack Cork, frontman Ashley Barnes and defender Matt Lowton.

Liverpool will also be missing their captain with England international Jordan Henderson sidelined by a knee injury.

Defender Joel Matip is ruled for the Reds but centre-back Dejan Lovren could return to the squad after missing the last three games.

Form guide

The Clarets and Liverpool have both taken 10 points from five games since lockdown. Only two clubs have accrued more – Manchester United and Chelsea.

Burnley are unbeaten in four and have lost just once in 12 league games. They have won their last two away games.

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Run-away leaders Liverpool were confirmed as Premier League champions on 25 June when Manchester City lost at Chelsea.

They lost their next game at Manchester City, one of only two league defeats this season.

The Reds have won their last 24 home league games with a draw against Leicester City in January, 2019 the last time they dropped points at Anfield.

Opposition camp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “Burnley are a results-machine. They will come to us and they will fight with all they have so we have to do so as well.

“Burnley have been exceptional. They have some contract issues too, so they have a small squad and play every three days.

“I have so much respect for the results that they have got. We play a team with a brilliant attitude.

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“They will fight like a Sean Dyche team and we will need to be ready for that.

“The more you learn of this league I couldn't respect more what he is doing.

“Again, they have 49 points and they will probably have more than 50 and that is incredibly difficult with the injuries and the setbacks that you get over a year. He is doing an incredible job.”

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Full-back Phil Bardsley is set to make his 50th Premier League appearance for the Clarets.

Burnley are one win away from a Premier League high of 15 for the season.

Liverpool have won all 17 of their home league games this season. One more would equal the Premier League record for home wins in a season.

The Reds are unbeaten in 57 league games at Anfield, stretching back to April, 2017.

Forward Mohamed Salah needs one more goal to become the first Liverpool player since Roger Hunt, and only the fourth in the Reds’ history, to reach 20 league goals in three successive seasons.


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REPORT: Liverpool 1 Burnley 1

Rodriguez strikes again as brilliant Burnley deny champions perfect record

11 July 2020

Brilliant Burnley did what no other Premier League side has managed this season as they stopped the champions in their tracks.

No other team had taken a point at Anfield this season in a triumphant march to the title by the all-conquering Merseysiders.

But the Clarets are no ordinary outfit at the moment and Jay Rodriguez’s fantastic second-half equaliser denied Liverpool their perfect record and inched Sean Dyche’s men a priceless point closer to possible European football.

Rodriguez’s 11th goal of the season and third in four games extended Burnley’s own unbeaten run to five games as they produced an inspired second-half performance to hit back from a goal down following first-half heroics from goalkeeper Nick Pope.

And only the width of the crossbar denied substitute Johann Berg Gudmundsson a dramatic late winner as the Clarets – beaten just once in 13 top-flight games – ripped up the script and kept their own special story alive with three games left to try and grab a Euro slot.

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The Clarets made one change to their starting line-up as they looked to re-write some daunting Anfield history and prevent the Reds adding to their own.

Top scorer Chris Wood returned to start his first game since lockdown in place of Matej Vydra with Burnley seeking a first win at Liverpool in 13 attempts stretching back to 1974.

Liverpool were hunting a 25th successive home league win and 18th in a row in this title-winning season of near perfection which also had them chasing Manchester City’s record points’ haul of 100.

And Jurgen Klopp’s side was the one which most likely to achieve their goal in a dominant first half which thankfully for the Clarets – and largely down to the efforts of Pope – yielded only one goal.

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Since their opening night defeat at Manchester City, Burnley had barely taken a false step in taking 10 points from four games to ignite a challenge for possible European football.

But the snap of those performances was missing as they made life too comfortable for the champions, who would have been more firmly in control but for Pope.

The England international – whose first top-flight start came at Anfield three years ago when he also helped secure a 1-1 draw – led Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson by one clean sheet ahead of kick-off in the battle to win the league’s golden glove.

And he again underlined why he’s one of the best in the business with a trio of top-class saves before the break to keep his side in the contest.

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He warmed up with a fairly regulation effort to keep out a Curtis Jones shot after a dummy from Roberto Firmino had given the midfielder a sight of goal on his Premier League debut.

But the next two stops to deny Salah were superb and he got Burnley past the half-hour mark before they went behind through the unlikely figure of Robertson as the full-back met Fabinho’s nicely flighted cross with a superb header into the top corner.

The Clarets’ response was impressive as they had their best two chances of the half, Robertson blotting his copybook with a poor pass which allowed Dwight McNeil an effort that was blocked and Rodriguez pulling an effort badly wide following Ashley Westwood’s ball over the top.

But it still needed Pope’s best save yet in stoppage time to keep the deficit at one as he flew to his right to keep a Sadio Mane shot out of the same top corner Robertson had located to claim only the fourth goal of his Liverpool career.

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The break did little to stem Liverpool’s flow with Firmino hitting a post and Jones spurning another chance within five minutes of the re-start.

But while there was just one goal in it the Clarets weren’t without hope and a decent spell around the hour mark gave the visitors renewed optimism with the lively Rodriguez causing problems and at least forcing Allison into action with a curling effort from outside the box.

With 25 minutes to, Dyche freshened things up by sending on Vydra and Johann Berg Gudmundsson and at drinks Liverpool also made a double change as Jones and Nico Williams – whose brother Keelan is just about to join the Clarets’ Academy on a full-time basis – were replaced.

And it was the Clarets who came out suitably refreshed to level the scores through Rodriguez’s high-quality finish as the striker added to the two goals he scored at Anfield for West Bromwich Albion in a 2018 FA Cup success.

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James Tarkowski’s header on from a Phil Bardsley free-kick dropped for Rodriguez near the edge of the penalty area and his excellent strike on the turn fizzed across Alisson and into the bottom corner.

The Clarets were now more than a match for the champions, looking a threat on the break with McNeil having more and more influence and Liverpool having to work so much harder for every opening as they poured forward to preserve their flawless record.

That gave Burnley openings at the other end they threatened to exploit.

And with three minutes to Gudmundsson crashed a shot against the bar as the Clarets pinned Liverpool back and came within inches of a famous victory.

There was still time in added time for Salah to make it 18 out of 18 and prevent the Clarets becoming the first team since Leicester City in January, 2019 not to leave Anfield empty handed.

But fittingly Pope denied him with another save that typified Burnley’s refusal to be beaten as they keep piling the pressure on the teams above them in the race for Europe.

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Liverpool: Allison; Williams (Alexander-Arnold 65), Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho; Jones (Keita 65), Wijnaldum (Oxlade-Chamberlain 81); Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes: Adrian, Lovren, Minamino, Shaqiri, Origi, Elliott.

Booked: Gomez

Burnley: Pope; Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor; Pieters (Gudmundsson 65), Brownhill, Westwood, McNeil; Wood (Vydra 65), Rodriguez. Substitutes: Peacock-Farrell, Brady, Thompson, Dunne, Benson, Goodridge, Glennon.

Booked: Bardsley, Pope

Referee: David Coote

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