Burnley To Be Beaten At Anfield

Burnley will be the next team to give Liverpool a guard of honour this weekend, as they travel to Anfield for a 3pm kick-off against the league champions.

Liverpool have taken all three points from 30 of their 34 league fixtures this season, and against Burnley, things were no different as they beat them 0-3 in August.

It was the champions first league clean sheet of the season, with an own goal from the Clarets’ Chris Wood starting up their goal tally and helping Liverpool ease to victory.

Clean-sheets aren’t a thing Burnley shy away from though, with their goalkeeper Nick Pope racking up his 14th of the season this week, putting him ahead of Liverpool’s Allison in the clean-sheet standings.

Against Liverpool, the statistics aren’t as positive for Sean Dyche’s men, who haven’t beaten Liverpool since 2016.

Burnley’s injury list is also looking considerably long, with Jack Cork, Ben Mee, Ashley Barnes and Matt Lawton set to be out for the rest of the season.

On a positive note, Dyche’s side are safe from relegation and go into this game off the back of a four-game unbeaten run.

Liverpool could be without their captain, Jordan Henderson, for the fixture as he was forced off with a knee injury against Brighton, after putting the league champions 2-0 up.

With Klopp’s side having already secured the league title, this game is sure to mean more to 9th place Burnley who are on the hunt for Europa League football next season.

Due to Manchester City’s ban from European competitions still being in place, an eighth-place finish could be enough for the Clarets to earn Europa League football next season.

For me, just like every week, a Liverpool win is inevitable and I don’t think a Pope clean sheet is on the cards against the masterclass that is Liverpool’s attacking trio, Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

If Burnley want to be playing European football next season, they probably shouldn’t bank on a result in this game to catapult them there.

Match Preview written by Sophie Reynolds.