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Preview: Burnley v Liverpool

19 August 2016

Burnley kicked off the season with a 1-0 defeat at home to Swansea but there were plenty of positives from a fine performance that deserved more.

The Clarets can perhaps feel aggrieved that they didn’t have a penalty when Michael Keane was pulled back with the goal at his mercy at 0-0.

Leroy Fer’s late strike from close settled things after Heaton had saved Fernando Llorente’s header. 

It was a case of one in, one out this week as Steven Defour became the club’s record signing from Anderlecht while David Jones departed for pastures new at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Belgian international could be in line for his debut this weekend in front of what is expected to be a sold out Turf Moor.

Opponents Liverpool were involved in arguably the most enthralling encounter across the opening weekend.

A Philippe Coutinho brace and goals from Adam Lallana and summer signing Sadio Mane sealed a memorable 4-3 victory against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Lorius Karius, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan have all arrived to complement the addition of the former Senegalese frontman as Jurgen Klopp looks to put his own stamp on things with a full pre-season behind him.

Liverpool 2-0 Burnley
Wednesday 4th March 2015
Premier League
Goals: Henderson 29’, Sturridge 51’

Burnley 0-1 Liverpool
Friday 26th December 2014
Premier League
Goal: Sterling 62’

Burnley 0-4 Liverpool
Sunday 25th April 2010
Premier League 
Goals: Gerrard 52’, 59’, Maxi Rodriguez 74’, Babel 90’

Burnley wins: 32

Draws: 24

Liverpool wins: 42

Sean Dyche on Liverpool: “In the game against Arsenal they were very good and as the game grew they got stronger and adapted to what the manager wants from them it seems.

“He spoke heavily about getting on the press and playing with tempo. It’s a style I personally like very much and it’s something we’ve done here.

“He’s got a depth of quality to deliver it and it’s a big task. You’ll hear me say that all season really because we can’t take anyone lightly in the Premier League.

“We’ll have to play well and I thought we did last week against Swansea but they’re the fine margins in the Premier League sometimes.

“There’s an awareness of them (Liverpool) but there’s a belief to what we do.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp told "When the fixtures came out we knew the second matchday was Burnley, that's difficult enough. It would've been difficult enough if it was here, there are no easy 
games to play in this league. 

"That we play [at Turf Moor] is not something we really think about. I know about the home record of Burnley; until the Swansea game they were unbeaten [since January] so they are really strong and feel confident at home. That makes it not easy for us. 

"But they are new in the league and if it had been for them the first away game at Anfield, that's a nice atmosphere and something you are looking forward to when you are promoted - that would've been difficult too. 

"That we play now in Burnley, that we then play at Tottenham, it's nothing we can change so we don't think about it."

Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho needs little introduction. Since his arrival from Inter Milan in January 2013, he has been one of the leading stars at Anfield.

He opened the season against Arsenal with a wonderful free-kick to level the score at 1-1 before poking in a second.

Having enjoyed a stellar 2014/15 campaign that included memorable strikes against Manchester City and Southampton, he scooped a number of personal accolades for his performances.

So often the creative spark, the diminutive attacker got 12 goals and 5 assists in the last campaign and he is likely to prove a key asset if the Reds are to challenge for a top four spot.

Sean Dyche will be without Ashley Barnes this weekend as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury, while Jon Flanagan is not available against his parent club.

In the opposition ranks, Sadio Mane is a doubt with a shoulder injury picked up in training earlier this week but the Reds have welcomed back James Milner and Daniel Sturridge to full training.

The game is likely to come too soon for Lucas Leiva who is continuing his rehabilitation programme and Mamadou Sakho is building up his fitness.

Referee Lee Mason will take charge of Saturday’s visit of Liverpool at Turf Moor.

The Lancashire official oversaw 34 games last season, issuing 96 yellow cards and 3 red cards in the process.

Mason was the man in the middle when Scott Arfield’s early strike earned a 1-0 victory over Leeds United last season in the Sky Bet Championship.

Mr Mason will be assisted Simon Beck, Scott Ledger and fourth official Kevin Friend.

Sam Vokes to score anytime NOW 15/4 (was 3/1)
Burnley to win and Both teams to score NOW 12/1 (was 10/1)
Burnley to win both Half time and Full time NOW 11/1 (was 9/1)

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