Next up for Liverpool is Sunday’s trip Sean Dyche’s relegation-threatened Clarets, following their 1-1 draw with Man United.
Here are 10 things to know ahead of the match.
1. Burnley looking doomed
Burnley have an uncanny knack of looking like relegation fodder, only to pull away from danger in the end.
Last year’s 17th-place finish suggested they were on a downward spiral, however, and their 2021/22 campaign has only fulled that opinion.
The Clarets are bottom of the table currently, and while they have games in hand on their rivals, a return to the Championship seems on the cards.
Just one win in their 20 league matches sums up their struggles and they finally appear to be running out of steam in the top flight.
2. Dyche’s final hurrah?
It does feel as though he may have taken the Clarets as far as he can, however.
The 50-year-old is highly unlikely to be content with working in the Championship next season – he won’t be without suitors – so this could be his final few months in the job.
Never rule out him masterminding an escape and staying put, though. It’s happened before!
3. Possible Burnley XI
Burnley aren’t blessed with the depth of the country’s leading sides, so there are unlikely to be many changes on Sunday.
The Clarets performed well in their draw at home to United and there is no reason why Dyche will make any alterations to his starting lineup.
That would mean new big-money signing Wout Weghorst leads the line, with his 6’6″ frame likely to cause Liverpool’s centre-backs problems.
Go-to defensive duo James Tarkowski and Ben Mee will be tasked with handling a vibrant Reds attack, while Maxwel Cornet is an influential figure out wide.
Predicted Burnley XI: Pope; Roberts, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; McNeil, Brownhill, Westwood, Cornet; Weghorst, Rodriguez
4. Who’s missing for Liverpool?
In short, nobody!
He has recovered from the back issue that kept him out of the midweek action and “will play,” according to Klopp.
Klopp has said that this is the strongest squad he has had as Liverpool manager and it is hard to disagree, with top-class options everywhere.
This is only boosted by the return to availability of Sadio Mane, too, with the Senegal captain now back from his post-Africa Cup of Nations party.
For that reason, the manager’s biggest headache currently is who to leave out of the matchday squad entirely.
5. Predicted Reds lineup
Similarly, Thiago is someone who should be handled with care, so it would be no surprise to see him rested on Sunday.
In attack, Klopp now has five fantastic options at his disposal – Salah looks a shoo-in to start, while Mane could potentially return to the starting lineup.
6. Klopp hails Diaz debut
Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday, Klopp hailed the Reds’ newest signing and the speed at which he has adapted to life at Anfield:
“It was one of the best first games I ever saw from a new player, that’s true because it looks completely natural.
“It’s only the first game and we have to see how he will adapt to all the different stuff and intensity in the Premier League. There’s no rush.”
7. Mixed Turf Moor record
Klopp has enjoyed great success against most opponents as Liverpool manager, and while Burnley are no different, it hasn’t always been easy at Turf Moor.
The German’s first game there was a dismal 2-0 defeat back in 2016/17 – who remembers the ‘toxic thunder’ away kit? – before a dramatic 2-1 win on New Year’s Day in 2018.
Ragnar Klavan‘s last-gasp winner that day remains one of the great late goals of the Klopp era.
Since then, a 3-1 victory and consecutive 3-0 triumphs have been recorded – much of the same this time around would be ideal.
8. Did you know?
Salah returned to Liverpool action in midweek, almost scoring another outrageous effort, and he sits on the cusp of his next Reds milestone.
The 29-year-old is currently on 148 goals in 230 appearances for the club, with the 150 mark within touching distance.
If Salah achieves that goal, he will become just the 10th player in Liverpool’s history to do it, joining Ian Rush (346), Roger Hunt (285), Gordon Hodgson (241), Billy Liddell (228), Steven Gerrard (186), Robbie Fowler (183), Sir Kenny Dalglish (172), Michael Owen (158) and Harry Chambers (151).
You wouldn’t bet against him reaching the landmark this weekend.
9. Atkinson in charge
Martin Atkinson has been confirmed as the referee for the weekend action, with Darren England on VAR duty for the second Liverpool game in a row.
10. Follow TIA’s live blog
That means TIA’s matchday live blog is the best place to follow the action, with Dan Clubbe keeping you entertained from 1.15pm (GMT).
Kickoff is at 2pm.