After three attracts, a defeat and a win of their final 5 Premier League fixtures, the reigning champions are in a little bit of a hunch. Whereas their 7-0 win in opposition to Crystal Palace in mid-December appeared to sign a return to their expansive finest, Liverpool have scored just one league aim since then.
Industrious, compact and used to spending lengthy spells out of possession, Burnley are an attacker’s nightmare. It is no coincidence that their final 4 fixtures have ended 1-0, although three of these have been slender defeats for Sean Dyche’s aspect.
Liverpool desperately want a win this night and, if they offer an excellent account of themselves, they need to get one. They might should be affected person, nonetheless, and their ending should be a lot improved.
Requested to evaluate the problem posed by Burnley in his pre-match press convention, Jurgen Klopp stated: “Whenever you have a look at the aim distinction, I feel it is 9 [goals for and] 22 [goals against]. Which means clearly they did not rating numerous objectives however they do not concede so much as properly.
“In order that simply reveals us how robust the sport can be, nevertheless it was all the time like this in opposition to Burnley: a correct struggle, second-ball struggle, defending the channel balls, defending the depth – Burnley places in a selected depth – and all these sorts of issues.
“They play a selected manner and I actually respect that. They do it for years and Sean is all the time capable of squeeze actually good performances out of the squad, even when it isn’t the largest squad on the planet and naturally if they’ve accidents that hurts them possibly much more than different groups.
“However that is the state of affairs, they know that [and] they take care of it very properly and now we have to face it.”
Dyche, in the meantime, performed down Liverpool’s latest difficulties in entrance of aim. “Struggling of their world is barely totally different to our world,” he stated. “When they’re actually on it they will discover objectives from totally different locations.
“I’m not overthinking the truth that they’re possibly not as free-flowing, as a result of they’re nonetheless successful and getting factors. We’ve to be on high of ourselves and our efficiency.”