|Liverpool must beat Burnley to close the gap on Manchester City, will the Clarets let them? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Burnley vs LiverpoolTurf Moor3:00pm
Burnley have drawn each of their last four games, yet they sit at the base of the league table but the big news would be that two of those draws were against top sides in the league, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Liverpool have it all to do if they want to mount any serious challenge on Manchester City. The Cityzens beat Norwich silly on Saturday to extend their lead on Liverpool to twelve points, only a win over Burnley will make sense for the title race.
Burnley are hard to beat, it’s a known fact. The Cherries don’t score many but they also make sure opponents don’t get past them, that won’t keep them in the league and they know it, it’s time for them to start winning games.
Liverpool have their full strength back with the arrival of Sadio Mane after his Africa Cup of Nations triumph in Cameroon, it’s now up to Jurgen Klopp to fit his front line into his selection with Mohammed Salah, Firminho, Luis Diaz, Diego Jota and Mane all jostling for three spots.
Burnley have enjoyed success against Liverpool in the past but not too many, in fact they can only point to one win in the last five and that was at a point Liverpool was bleeding at home, a repeat of that heroic result of January 2021 would help their cause.
Burnley will sit deep and soak up pressure, they will definitely be overwhelmed by the Liverpool attack but the Kops must be wary of long balls with 6foot6 Weghorst upfront for the Clarets; the new recruit was a nuisance against Manchester United in midweek.
In Burnley’s 1-1 draw against, the Red Devils were limited to long range shots and no real efforts on goal in the second half, Liverpool must watch that pattern, if they don’t get past the Clarets in the first half, they will have to do it the hard way in the second half.
Who is the goal outlet for Burnley? Maxwell Cornet scored six goals in thirteen games and he remains the most likely to score for Burnley but that isn’t the case for Liverpool as anyone and everyone can find the back of the net.
Liverpool will line up to win, they don’t play in the Champions League until next week, they have no reason to rest anyone, Burnley won’t get any favors but if it makes Sean Dyche and his lads feel better, Salah struggles a lot against Burnley.
Make of that what you will with your betting endeavors this weekend.