Liverpool head back to Anfield this weekend with a rare Saturday 3pm kick-off—and even more rarely, it’ll be live on UK TV.
Liverpool vs. Burnley
Saturday, 11 July, 2020 – 3pm (BST)
Premier League (35)
Referee: David Coote
The Reds are now in full-focus mode on setting records and making sure they are remembered as one of the greatest sides in history, having already wrapped up the title with ease.
Now it’s about laying claim to season-long form and winning ability, with Liverpool still chasing both a record points haul and a 100 per cent winning record for the season on home soil.
Burnley are our opponents for our penultimate Anfield fixture, with Sean Dyche’s men in mid-table and without several members of their squad who have departed on the expiration of their contracts.
A side-show for the game will be the battle for the Golden Gloves award, with Nick Pope currently leading Alisson Becker (and Brazilian rival Ederson) 14-13 in the clean sheets stakes.
Members of the Reds’ squad have already suggested they’ll be looking to tee-up Mohamed Salah to support his race for the Golden Boot, so a win-to-nil result here would be perfect to aid our No. 1, too.
Liverpool’s on-pitch rhythm and form has been up-and-down since the restart, but the pressing and clinical edge was very much in evidence at home to Palace and most recently at Brighton, so there’s every reason to hope for more of the same on Saturday.
The Reds lost Jordan Henderson late on at Brighton to a knee injury and the skipper won’t play again this season.
Meanwhile, Joel Matip is also not expected to feature in 20/21, but Dejan Lovren is back in training after missing the last few games with a knock.
Andy Robertson returned in the second half against Brighton after a minor issue, while James Milner is also available again after being injured since the Merseyside derby.
Xherdan Shaqiri was back on the bench against Aston Villa, but not against Brighton.
Burnley are without Ben Mee, Jack Cork and Matt Lowton, as well as first-choice striker Ashley Barnes. They released Joe Hart, Jeff Hendrick and Aaron Lennon at the end of June.
Possible Burnley XI: Pope; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Long, Taylor; Pieters, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Rodriguez, Wood.
Last 5 Home to Burnley (All Competitions)
Won 4-2 – March 2019 (Firmino 2, Mane 2; Westwood, Gudmundsson)
Drew 1-1 – Sept 2017 (Salah; Arfield)
Won 2-1 – March 2017 (Wijnaldum, Can; Barnes)
Won 2-0 – March 2015 (Henderson, Sturridge)
Won 4-0 – Sept 2009 (Benayoun 3, Kuyt)
Did You Know?
While Pope and Alisson are fighting each other in the Golden Gloves battle, that’s based only on clean sheets.
In actual goals conceded per 90 minutes of action, Ali is way ahead of the chasing pack: he has conceded 0.66 goals per 90, with Dean Henderson his nearest challenger on 0.84.
Pope has 1.35, which is 11th in the Premier League.
Alisson is also joint-first in terms of save percentage (78%) with Kasper Schmeichel, with Pope 11th once more (70%).
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Won 3-1 vs. Brighton
Won 2-0 vs. Aston Villa
Lost 4-0 vs. Man City
Won 4-0 vs. Crystal Palace
Drew 0-0 vs. Everton
Burnley – Last five results (all competitions)
Won 1-0 vs. West Ham
Drew 1-1 vs. Sheffield United
Won 1-0 vs. Crystal Palace
Won 1-0 vs. Watford
Lost 5-0 vs. Man City
Jurgen Klopp praised Naby Keita‘s recent form and hinted that now could be the time the No. 8 stakes his claim to become a regular in the side.
“Injuries never help and cost rhythm. People forget but when he joined us he did exceptionally well, then the injuries started.
“He was not in the team in the first XI when we had incredible runs (in Europe). As long as the [other] players are fit and things like this, it’s difficult to come in and get rhythm.
“Now it’s all different, he’s in a really good moment anyway but fit as well and plus being settled now, it makes life easier and very good football possible when you have the skillset of Naby Keita. It’s really, really good.”
TV & Liveblog Info
Liverpool vs. Burnley will be shown live in the UK on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Extra 1, with coverage starting at 2:30pm (BST) ahead of the 3pm kickoff.
Chris Williams will be keeping you up to date with all the action and providing his usual entertaining take on This Is Anfield’s matchday liveblog, starting from 2.15pm (BST).