Burnley vs. Liverpool
January 1, 2018 — 3pm (GMT)
Referee: Roger East
Saturday saw the Reds record one of their most significant victories of the season to date—an entertaining 2-1 win over Leicester City at Anfield.
Liverpool came from behind to beat a good Foxes side, with Mohamed Salah‘s ruthless double making it a remarkable 23 goals this season for the Egyptian.
Just 48 hours after kicking off that game, Klopp’s men are back in action with an equally tricky test on the horizon.
Defensively, Sean Dyche’s side have been superb, conceding just 17 times in 21 league games, and the manager’s ability to get every ounce out of a limited squad is commendable.
Monday’s trip to Turf Moor will be a real test of this Reds squad, with rotation essential and their opponents an awkward side to get the better of.
The Clarets proved that at Anfield back in September, when they managed a 1-1 draw.
This is one of those matches where the result takes precedence far more than the level of performance—it could be a gritty affair, given the amount of football played recently—and three points for Liverpool would be very significant.
They have lost just once in their last 21 outings—long may that impressive run continue into 2018.
Last Meeting: Liverpool 1-1 Burnley
Klopp has been dealt a blow with concern over Salah’s fitness, with the winger limping off after his match-winning display against Leicester.
There was always a chance that the 25-year-old would be rested anyway, having started all eight matches in December.
Tom Heaton, Dean Marney and Jon Walters are all out for Burnley, but Dyche’s biggest dilemma will be rotating a relatively small squad.
Will his first-choice starting lineup have enough in the tank following Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Huddersfield Town?
Last 5 at Burnley (All Competitions)
Burnley 2-0 Liverpool – August 20, 2016 (Vokes, Gray)
Burnley 0-1 Liverpool – December 26, 2014 (Sterling)
Burnley 0-4 Liverpool – April 25, 2010 (Gerrard x2, Rodriguez, Babel)
Burnley 1-0 Liverpool – Janary 18, 2005 (Traore OG)
Burnley 0-0 Liverpool – January 28, 1995
One piece of advice for visiting fans: Wear something comfortable—your seats are still wooden!
Burnley – Last five results (all competitions)
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Did You Know?
Liverpool’s only league defeat to Burnley since 1974 came at Turf Moor last season, when the Clarets deservedly ran out 2-0 winners.
The two sides have met 10 times in the league in that time.
Speaking after Saturday’s 2-1 win over Leicester, Klopp praised the job Dyche is overseeing at Burnley, comparing it to his time at Mainz:
“Fantastic. Fantastic. Really outstanding. I know how difficult it is to swim with the big fish, and obviously they swim quite well,” he said.
“It’s just a nice story again, each year creates another story and this year it’s the Burnley story.
“I think my friend Dave [Wagner] said, it compares to what Pep is doing at City: an outstanding season and Sean Dyche is doing exactly the same under completely different circumstances.”
TV & Live Blog Info
As was the case against Leicester, the match is not being shown live on UK television, so following our matchday live blog is the next best thing if you’re not at the game.
Chris Williams is in charge of talking you through the action, with our coverage starting at 2.15pm (GMT). Kickoff is at 3pm.