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A 3,500-fan hurdle to clear in top 4 ‘semi-final’ – Burnley vs. Liverpool Preview

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Another momentous evening awaits Liverpool with three points a must to take their push to the top-four to the final day, but 3,500 Clarets will have a lot to say about that.

Burnley vs. Liverpool

Wednesday, April 19, 2021 – 8.15pm (BST)
Turf Moor
Premier League (37)
Referee: Chris Kavanagh


Has it sunk in yet?

The ending to the West Brom game was straight out of a dream, Alisson‘s last-gasp header was symbolic in so many ways than one and has ensured the Reds travel to Burnley with top-four still in their hands.

Turf Moor has been a happy hunting ground of late for Liverpool, with wins in the last three visits, but the hosts are to be buoyed by the return of 3,500 fans.

It will be a welcome sight to witness the game’s lifeblood make their return in what will, hopefully, prove to be the official cut off for the behind-closed-door tour.

But Liverpool will need to ensure their return is one not commemorated by a victory for their side, as a fourth consecutive top-flight win is needed to ensure one of Leicester or Chelsea drop out.

A spot of revenge for the first meeting between the two this season wouldn’t go amiss either in what Klopp is calling a “semi-final.”

 

Team News

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 10, 2021: Liverpool's Diogo Jota looks dejected after missing a chance during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool‘s season has been largely defined by the crippling injuries to key players and the campaign looked to have ended with Diogo Jota on the list.

But his foot injury sustained at Man United is not as bad as first feared, with the No. 20 given a “tiny, tiny” chance to feature in the final fixture against Crystal Palace.

But Ozan Kabak remains in the treatment room as the centre-back’s muscle injury is not to resolve itself in time – leaving question marks over whether we have seen the last of the Turk at Liverpool.

Naby Keita and Ben Davies are to remain unavailable.

LEEDS, ENGLAND - Monday, April 19, 2021: Liverpool's James Milner during the pre-match warm-up before during the FA Premier League match between Leeds United FC and Liverpool FC at Elland Road. (Pic by Propaganda)

In positive news, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are expected to be back in the fold for the trip to Turf Moor, offering a few more experienced faces to call upon for Klopp.

But the former will need to come through team training on Tuesday unscathed to do so.

The hosts, on the other hand, are expected to remain without Nick Pope due to a knee injury, with Dale Stephens unlikely to recover in time for the fixture.

Possible Burnley XI: Peacock-Farrell; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Brownhill, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Wood, Barnes

 

Last 5 Away to Burnley (All Competitions)

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 5, 2018: Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Burnley FC and Liverpool FC at Turf Moor. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Won 3-0 – August 2019 (Wood OG, Mane, Firmino)
Won 3-1 – December 2018 (Cork; Milner, Firmino, Shaqiri)
Won 2-1 – January 2018 (Gudmundsson; Mane, Klavan)
Lost 2-0 – August 2016 (Vokes, Gray)
Won 1-0 – December 2014 (Sterling)

 

Turf Moor

A general view of Turf Moor, home of Burnley

Capacity: 21,944

With UK lockdown measures easing on Monday, 3,500 home fans will be in attendance at Turf Moor, where tickets have been distributed for free.

 

Did You Know?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Thursday, May 13, 2021: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the fourth goal during the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We’ve got a twofer for you this time.

We all know this season has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride and sustained highs have been hard to come by.

But if the win we so desperately need is secured at Burnley, it will be the first time this season that Liverpool have record four league wins in a row and the third time they’ve gone eight unbeaten.

And while Mo Salah has failed to score in his last five against Burnley, he’s at home on the road having netted 20 away goals this season in all competitions – 3 more than any Reds player in history.

We can’t think of a better time to end his run against the Clarets.

 

Form

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson headed home Liverpool’s stoppage-time winner at West Brom (Rui Vieira/PA)

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 2-1 vs. West Brom
Won 4-2 vs. Man United
Won 2-0 vs. Southampton
Drew 1-1 vs. Newcastle
Drew 1-1 vs. Leeds

Burnley – Last five results (all competitions)

Lost 4-0 vs. Leeds
Won 2-0 vs. Fulham
Lost 2-1 vs. West Ham
Won 4-0 vs. Wolves
Lost 3-1 vs. Man United

 

Klopp’s View

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Alisson remained a key talking point for Klopp as the moment has helped set up yet another ‘massive’ final:

“A very special moment, a very special goal from a very special player – makes it all special.

“In the dressing room I’ve never watched a goal more often directly after than this one, but since then it’s all fine.

“We know exactly nothing really happened apart from we are in still in the race. But we are not even close to thinking we are halfway through because we know how high the hurdles are in front of us.

“[Top four] would be absolutely massive, much better than we would have thought a few weeks ago that we could come so close.”

 

TV & Liveblog Info

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 5, 2018: Burnley's manager Sean Dyche and Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp exchange words after the FA Premier League match between Burnley FC and Liverpool FC at Turf Moor. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Burnley vs. Liverpool kicks off at 8.15pm (BST) and will be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event, with coverage from 8pm.

Joanna Durkan will keep you informed and entertained throughout all the action on our usual matchday live blog here, starting from 7.30pm.


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