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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.”

Match stats

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

Kick-off

Saturday, 5.30pm


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