Liverpool will endeavour to challenge for the title as they welcome Burnley to Anfield on Saturday. The Reds eased past Norwich City with a comprehensive 3-0 victory last weekend, whereas Burnley were stunned by a second-half comeback from Brighton and Hove Albion with a 2-1 defeat on home soil.
Mohamed Salah registered himself in the history books as he became the first player in PL history to score in five consecutive season openers.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will be confident to turn the tables after a terrible run of form last season. Liverpool suffered a 1-0 defeat against Burnley when a late Ashley Barnes penalty secured an incredible win at Anfield. That defeat ended a phenomenal 68-game unbeaten home run for Liverpool in the top flight.
It was just a glimpse of what could be the beginning of the end, as Liverpool suffered a dramatic loss of home form with six consecutive league defeats at Anfield for the very first time. Multiple injuries and empty stadiums could be the reasons for their downfall but this season everything seems perfect as fans return to full capacity, so do players after recovering from their respective injuries.
Sean Dyche’s side marked a delightful moment for the returning fans as James Tarkowski scored within two minutes. Burnley struck the woodwork twice and failed to capitalise on bountiful opportunities to increase their lead as Brighton made them pay the price as Neil Maupay and substitute Mac Allister secured a dramatic second-half comeback for the Seagulls.
Jurgen will be a happy man after seeing his front three getting heavily involved in all three goals as Jota, Salah and Firmino secured all three points. Virgil Van Dijk marked his comeback in the premier league with a clean sheet and it will be huge for them as they were simply conceding goals last term.
• Team News
Jordan Henderson and Thiago are expected to return for this game after featuring in a closed-door friendly against Aston Villa. Kostas Tsimikas got his first Premier League start as he replaced Andy Robertson in that left-back position as the latter is side-lined with an ankle ligament injury. In Midfield, Curtis Jones will be back after suffering a concussion and Fabinho is expected to start the game after coming on at the hour mark against Norwich City. Jota and Firmino both opened their accounts on opening day but Jota is expected to keep his place alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Dale Stephens and Kevin Long will mostly miss this match too after missing out on the season opener, otherwise, Sean Dyce has a fully-stocked squad. Ashley Barnes, who scored the only goal, when these sides met at Anfield, will replace Jay Rodriguez up front to partner Chris Wood. Barnes and Wood will be keen to cause trouble to the out-of-form Liverpool backline.
• Key Players
Sadio Mane boasts a fine record against the Clarets with four goals and an assist in nine league games. Despite an underwhelming season, the Senegalese produced a strong display against Norwich. With a dynamic duo of Jota and Salah alongside him, he could cause trouble for the Burnley defenders.
Ashley Barnes ended an incredible 68-game unbeaten home run last time when he stepped up for the penalty against The Reds. With fans returning in full capacity, he will try to be the party-pooper again this weekend.
Liverpool almost has their full squad ready for this weekend and possess a depth of players and quality on their bench. After their last result, they will be confident to grab all three points. With Van Dijk back in starting XI, they have regained defensive stability, and with Salah leading the frontline they will be confident that goals will flow. Also, Liverpool is yet to lose their first home game of the season since the 2003–04 season against Chelsea.
• Scoreline Prediction
Liverpool 2-0 Burnley