Liverpool play their first home Premier League game of the season on Saturday afternoon, hosting Burnley at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s side come into the game on a high having kicked off their season with a routine 3-0 win at Norwich – continuing their remarkable form from the end of last season. The Reds are currently on the longest unbeaten run in the top flight (11 games) and have tasted success in each of their previous six Premier League outings.
Burnley, on the other hand, have lost eight of their last ten league games – including each of their last four – and got their campaign off to a less than ideal start at home to Brighton. Having led the Seagulls for most of the game, Sean Dyche’s side conceded two late goals to lose the game 2-1.
Now, they face the daunting task of travelling to Anfield – although they did pick up three points there in January. Here’s 90min’s preview of the game.
When is kick off? Saturday 21 August, 12:30 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Anfield, Liverpool
What TV channel is the match on? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US)
Who’s the referee? Mike Dean
Who’s on VAR duty? Stuart Attwell
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is unlikely to make too many changes to his lineup, owing to the impressive performance on the opening day.
Virgil van Dijk came through the game unscathed and will almost certainly start again, while Kostas Tsimikas should retain his place deputising for Andy Robertson. The Scot is back in training but needs to continue building up his fitness.
Jordan Henderson could come back into the side after an extended rest, and Curtis Jones may snare a place on the bench after recovering from concussion.
Sean Dyche should have a full strength squad to choose from for their trip to Anfield, with Kevin Long and Dale Stephens, who both missed the Clarets’ loss to Brighton, set to return.
There could also be a debut for £12m man Nathan Collins, who joined Burnley from Stoke this summer.
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Tsimikas; Henderson, Fabinho, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Vydra, Wood
This one would seem as straightforward as they get.
Liverpool are in excellent form at the moment and have a depth of players to pick from once more after last season’s injury hell. Van Dijk’s reintroduction to the backline brought a calmness and reassurance last time out, and with Mohamed Salah looking as sharp as ever, the Reds can be confident that goals will flow.
Burnley looked a little off colour last week, despite putting themselves in a decent position to beat Brighton. Without a real cutting edge at top, their likely game plan will be soaking up as much pressure as possible before pumping direct balls into the area for Chris Wood to attack.
Form alone suggests there can only be one winner.
Prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Burnley