Liverpool vs Burnley, LIVE – Latest Premier League score and updates at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp’s men look to avoid any more mistakes in title race
- Liverpool look to keep pace with Premier League leaders Manchester City
- Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Lallana; Salah, Firmino, Mane
- Substitutes: Mignolet (GK); Lovren, Keita, Henderson, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Origi
- Burnley: Heaton; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Barnes, Wood
- Substitutes: Hart (GK); Lowton, Gudmundsson, Brady, Gibson, Crouch, Vydra
Liverpool will be looking to keep pace with Premier League leaders Manchester City at home to Burnley on Sunday afternoon.
City moved four points clear at the summit after a 3-1 victory over Watford on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have recorded five draws in their last seven matches and must avoid dropping points to stay in touch with City.
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Van Dijk won’t be world’s best until he wins something, says Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand has dismissed claims that Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is the best defender in the world – insisting Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos holds that title instead.
Van Dijk has been pivotal to the Reds’ title challenge this season, reinforcing a leaky back line to one that is now the strongest in the Premier League.
But for former Manchester United defender Ferdinand, while he is in no doubt that the Dutchman is a ‘fantastic’ player, in order to be considered the world’s best, you also need to win trophies.
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Burnley have only lost one of their last five away league games (W2 D2), though it was their last such match on the road (0-2 vs Newcastle).
Mohamed Salah has failed to score in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time at Liverpool. His next goal will be his 50th for the club in the competition.
Burnley’s last nine Premier League goals have been scored by either Ashley Barnes (5) or Chris Wood (4).
Ashley Barnes has scored nine Premier League goals this season – he could become just the fourth Burnley player to reach double figures in a single campaign in the competition (Danny Ings 11 in 2014-15, Sam Vokes 10 in 2016-17, Chris Wood 10 in 2017-18).
Sadio Mane has scored in each of his last five home Premier League games for Liverpool, netting six goals in total.
Crouch insists he won’t ‘rub Liverpool’s faces in it’ if he scores today
Joe Bernstein: Peter Crouch has scored once in a dozen visits to Anfield since leaving Liverpool in 2008 and limited his celebration to a broad smile rather than punching the air after heading home for Stoke City.
Now aged 38, the much-loved striker makes probably his final Hurrah in front of The Kop at lunchtime and promises not to go overboard should he score for Burnley – especially as wife Abbey Clancy and her family are big Reds.
‘You can’t help feeling pleased with any goal you score so I don’t agree with looking solemn to say sorry. But I won’t be rubbing Liverpool’s nose in it. I certainly won’t be dancing,’ admits Crouch.
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Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Lallana; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Substitutes: Mignolet (GK); Lovren, Keita, Henderson, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Origi
Burnley: Heaton; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Barnes, Wood
Substitutes: Hart (GK); Lowton, Gudmundsson, Brady, Gibson, Crouch, Vydra
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana was a surprise choice to make only his fifth start of the season at home to Burnley.
The 30-year-old, whose last start came five weeks ago in the 1-1 draw at West Ham, replaced Jordan Henderson with Roberto Firmino coming in for Divock Origi as the other change.
Defender Dejan Lovren made his first appearance in a matchday squad for two months as a substitute after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Burnley were unchanged from the side which lost to Crystal Palace a week ago, meaning former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch started on the bench.
Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Mane, Salah, Firmino
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Liverpool have won nine of their last 11 home games against Burnley in all competitions (D2) since a 0-1 loss in September 1974.
Burnley have picked up just four points from their 27 available in the Premier League against Liverpool (W1 D1 L7), winning 2-0 at Turf Moor in August 2016 before drawing this fixture last season.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 35 Premier League home games (W25 D10). There have only been three longer such unbeaten runs in the history of the competition – Chelsea (86 games between March 2004-October 2008), Man City (37 between December 2010-December 2012) and Man Utd (36 between December 1998-December 2000).
Burnley have won two of their last three Premier League games played on Sunday (L1), as many as they had in their previous 20 (W2 D4 L14).
Liverpool have failed to win five of their nine Premier League games in 2019 (W4 D4 L1) – they’d only failed to win three of their first 20 before the turn of the year this season (W17 D3 L0).
It’s fair to say this Sunday scheduling hasn’t pleased Jurgen Klopp
Joe Bernstein: Jurgen Klopp has changed Liverpool’s regular travel plans for the midweek trip to Bayern Munich as he juggles with the demands of a Premier League title race and reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.
Klopp is perplexed that Liverpool – who are going head-to-head with Manchester City for the championship – have been told to face Burnley at Anfield on Sunday, when Bayern have an extra 24 hours to recover from their Bundesliga fixture at home to Wolfsburg.
As a result, he has delayed Liverpool’s journey to Germany. Instead, they will have a serious training session at Melwood on Tuesday morning before flying out – and not visit the Allianz Arena to test the pitch as is customary in Champions League games.
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At the bottom of the table, Burnley come into this game just two points above the relegation zone following Cardiff’s win over West Ham yesterday.
Southampton moved above them with that unexpected win over Tottenham and Brighton pulled clear following their win over Crystal Palace.
Newcastle are now six points above the drop zone after their win over Everton.
So results have very much gone against Burnley this weekend so far… and now they have to go to Anfield.
So Manchester City got the job done and beat Watford 3-1 last night to establish a four-point lead over Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.
It means that Pep Guardiola’s side still have the destiny of the title in their own hands.
Manchester United will move level on points with Tottenham, who seem to be sinking like a stone, if they win at Arsenal today.
But Arsenal will move back above United into fourth position and within a point of Spurs if they win at the Emirates Stadium.
Chelsea, currently in sixth, can leapfrog them both – at least temporarily – if they beat Wolves.
Crystal Palace 1 Brighton and Hove Albion 2
Cardiff City 2 West Ham United 0
Huddersfield Town 0 AFC Bournemouth 2
Leicester City 3 Fulham 1
Newcastle United 3 Everton 2
Southampton 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1
Manchester City 3 Watford 1
Liverpool vs Burnley (12pm)
Chelsea vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (2.05pm)
Arsenal vs Manchester United (4.30pm)
Manchester City got the job done against Watford yesterday evening and now the ball returns to Liverpool’s court in this gripping Premier League title race.
The Reds, now four points behind leaders City, know they cannot afford any more slip-ups, probably between now and the end of the season, if they are to win a first title since 1990.
Today, they host a Burnley side who may be deep in the relegation mire but who can prove tricky customers to even the best sides in the division.
It’s a 12pm kick-off at Anfield and we will bring you plenty of build-up and then commentary on the game’s key moments.
It’s the first of three live matches in the Premier League today, with Chelsea vs Wolves and Arsenal vs Manchester United to come.
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