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Match Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool

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Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.

Liverpool FC take on Sean Dyche’s Burnley this weekend, looking to maintain their perfect record this season.

The European champions thumped Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield last week, becoming the only Premier League side with three wins out of three games in the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.

Burnley, on the other hand, conceded a late penalty at Wolverhampton last Sunday, with Raul Jimenes netting in the seventh minute of the injury time to deny the Clarets all three points.

They also faced an early elimination from the Carabao Cup midweek, losing 3-1 at home to League One side Sunderland in the 2nd Round.

Team news

Belgian midfielder Steven Defour is out for the home side, as he is yet to make his first appearance in the new Premier League season.

However, Danny Drinkwater is finally back and ready to play. The Premier League winner from 2016 is expected to make his league debut for the Clarets, after starting in the League Cup game against Sunderland back on Wednesday.

Alisson Becker remains our for Liverpool FC, as well as Nathaniel Clyne who is a long term absentee.

Naby Keita is a doubt for the Reds, with the midfielder still nursing a hip injury that he picked up prior to the UEFA Super Cup clash with Chelsea.

What did the managers say

Sean Dyche was not happy with what he saw from his players in the 3-1 League Cup defeat to Sunderland midweek.

“The reality of football is delivering a performance. If you don’t deliver then it’s irrelevant who are you are playing against. In the second half, there weren’t enough people actively taking the game on,” via the club’s official website.

“And if I’m really honest – and I’ve told them this – if they look when you’re picking a team and ask, ‘why am I not playing?’ Well, that’s why!

“In those games, we’re looking for big characters and big performers. I thought Chris Wood did that. He looked a real handful and how we should have looked for the second half.”

Jurgen Klopp expressed his satisfaction for seeing Virgil van Dijk winning the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award.

“Brilliant! It’s really big. I wanted to call him immediately but he had to go on stage. I’m so happy for him. I’m happy for us as well because he knows that without the boys around him, he cannot win that prize,” he said via Liverpool’s official website.

“It’s a prize for all of us – but we send our big man there to get it. It’s big. It’s really rare for a defender. It’s such important information for football, such an important sign for football.

“Yes, we all love goals – we want to score them and see them – but more and more and more people get excited about defending. Virg is an exceptional defender, at the moment 100 per cent the best defender in the world, so he deserves that prize absolutely. It’s really big and I’m completely happy for him and his family.”

Stats

Liverpool FC won their last three encounters with the Clarets, two of which were played at the Turf Moor Stadium.

Burnley’s latest victory over the Reds came in August 2016 – it is their only win in the last 10 meetings with the 18-time English champions.

Jurgen Klopp’s boys are on a winning spree in the Premier League, having won 12 league games in a row. They will be looking to set a new club record if they win at Burnley tomorrow afternoon.

The last five meetings between Burnley and Liverpool saw goals at both ends, with the Reds registering four wins and a draw in the process.

Liverpool failed to find the net in a Premier League game for the last time back in March, when they played a goalless draw against their cross-town rivals Everton FC.