Liverpool hosted Burnley FC in the Premier League game on Sunday at Anfield in a bid to close the gap on top 3 as all big teams were playing in FA Cup. However they started on the backfoot when Ashley Barns scored inside first 7 minutes to give Burnley the lead at Anfield. Liverpool looked shaken and failed to play their usual style. They did get back on level terms just before the halftime when Georginio Wijnaldum scored at the cusp of haltime.
Liverpool 2-1 Burnley Highlights
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07′ 0 – 1 Ashley Barnes scores early in first half to stun Anfield. The goal came on a swift counter attack move as Barnes slotted home from close range.
45′ 1 – 1 Georginio Wijnaldum equalized for Liverpool just before the halftime to make it 1-1 on the day.
61′ 2 – 1 Emre Can scores absolute stunner to put Liverpool 2-1 up and pretty much settle the tie.
Liverpool has the third best home record while Burnley is one of the worst teams away from home not only in Premier league but in any of the top 5 european leagues. Burnley has yet to win a game away from home and lost 11 of the 13 matches played away. It makes it a straight forward game for Liverpool but they do have a tendency to drop points against bottom of the table teams.
Liverpool are currently on 52 points after league games and sit fourth in the table 2 points ahead of Arsenal and three ahead of 6th place United. A win against Burnley will put them in a strong position heading into the business end of the season. However both Arsenal and United will have two games in hand and anything but a win for Liverpool will be a good result for both of the chasing pack.
Burnley FC 2-0 Liverpool – 20 August 2016
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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.
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.