After producing scintillating 4-3 win over Arsenal Liverpool were brought right back down to earth by a super first half performance by newly promoted Burnley at Turf Moore. An early goal from Sam Vokes put Burnley in surprise lead in just second minute of the game. Liverpool dominated afterwards without really testing Burnely keeper and they were undone on a counter attack when Andre Gray scored with a super left footed strike to put Burnely in command going into the halftime.
Burnley FC 2-0 Liverpool Highlights
[ English Premier League ]
02′ 1 – 0 Sam Vokes scored in just 2nd minute of the game to put Burnely 1-0 up against Liverpool in windy conditions at turf moore.
37′ 2 – 0 Andre Gray made it 2-0 before the break after quick counter attacking move was finished off by Gray with a neat left footed finish. His first premier league goal.
Newly promoted Burnley are no pushovers, they won the championship title last season and that too with some style and many expert tip them to be one of the surprise packages of premier league this season. However they face a massive task when they take on Liverpool who will be hunting for atleast a top four finish in the league as they have not European commitments. Klopp has put together a decent squad and with Benteke on the verge of Palace switch, Liverpool has enough funds to bring couple of more players before the end of the transfer window.
As far as Saturday, Burnley game is concerned, Klopp has to make a decision over Sadio Mane who has a shoulder injury and might be forced to sit out against Burnley. Klopp is set to keep the trusted mobile system of 4-3-3 with Firmino, Lallana, Coutinho playing upfront while Georginio Wijnaldum, Henderson and Emre Can to start in midfield. .
Burnley on the other hand is expected to keep the 4-4-2 system with Vokes and Gray playing upfront while Boyd, Jones, Marney and Arfield to start in midfield. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Saturday afternoon
Match Predictions: Klopp has installed his high and relentless pressing mentality to this Liverpool squad and they had a superb pre-season getting them in absolute tip top shape for the start of the season. I expect them to put Burnley under massive pressure early on and might score a couple of goals to settle the match. I am going with a 2-0 win for Liverpool in this one.