Burnley's Chris Wood will be out for Liverpool's scalp in their encounter at Anfield but he has to do it against a fit again Virgi...
|Burnley's Chris Wood will be out for Liverpool's scalp in their encounter at Anfield but he has to do it against a fit again Virgil Van Dikj. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
Liverpool vs Burnley
Liverpool has started exactly the way they would have wanted, three goals past Norwich and they have another lower half team to negotiate, this might also be personal to them as Burnley ended Liverpool’s record unbeaten run at home last January, is it pay back time?
Burnley had an interesting opener as well but it didn’t end in victory, they took the lead at home against Brighton and Hove Albion but Neal Maupay and McAlister rallied for the Seagulls to hand them an opening day win at Turf Moor.
Liverpool have not done so much in the ongoing transfer window but they have done well to keep their core; Gini Wijnaldum left for PSG and Konate joined from RB Leipzig, that’s where it currently stops for the senior team, will they add a body in midfield?
Injured players are back for the Reds, Virgil Van Dijk was at his assured best against Norwich and his calm was instrumental to Liverpool’s win, how much they missed him last season can’t be quantified and if he stays fit, alongside Trent Alexander Arnold and Andy Robertson, they just might explode again.
What will be Burnley’s plan on the day? To try and stop Liverpool from being fluid and expressive, a part of them will look at their history making win on Liverpool’s ground last season and hope to do it again, it will however be a different ball game as all the missing pieces are back for the Kops.
Who will start upfront for Liverpool? This particular fixture hasn’t really been Mo Salah’s best, he hardly scores against the Clarets but he has a sensational goal contribution per 90 minutes of players in the league since he joined from Roma five years ago.
Roberto Firminho started the opener from the bench and came on to fire the Reds to a comfortable win, there lies the puzzle, will Diogo Jota start in his place again?
Sadio Mane is looking like he’s found his rhythm again, he has another chance to blossom for the Kops in this lunch time kickoff, and for the middle of the park, expect Jurgen Klopp to keep things simple and revert to basics, after all the opponent of the day will keep it simple.