Liverpool will be aiming to remain in touching distance of Manchester City when they host Burnley in the Premier League match at Anfield, in Liverpool, England, on Sunday night (IST).
What competition it is? Premier League
Teams: Liverpool and Burnley
Kick Off: Sunday 10 March
Match Timing: 05:30 PM (IST)
Where the game is played? Anfield (54,074)
TV Info: Star Network has the rights to broadcast Premier League matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action on Hotstar App.
The 2017-18 campaign in the Premier League was an anomaly of sorts. Manchester City were untouchable for most parts of the season and literally strolled their way through the weeks towards the glory.
But the dust City roared last season settled pretty quickly this season and the title race is wide open. Unlike in the other top four European Leagues, where you can get a whiff about who will be crowned the champions come the end of the season.
Liverpool missed a golden chance to create clear daylight between them and Pep Guardiola’s men. Since losing to City at the Etihad Stadium early in January, the Reds have been far too inconsistent for their own comfort.
In the last six games, Jurgen Klopp’s men have drawn four times, winning twice. While City won all their games in that period, evaporating Liverpool’s lead to sit one point clear at the top.
At this stage of the competition, that’s a very good advantage to have a psychological advantage. And Liverpool could find themselves under more if City wins their game against Watford. It’s just getting too uncomfortable for Liverpool, but they are to be blamed for this situation.
Burnley, meanwhile, are fighting for their lives. That’s quite an uncanny situation for them considering they finished 7th last season.
That finish remains their best-ever in the Premier Legaue era, and emulating that record would have been even more demanding and phenomenal.
To put it simply, the Clarets are struggling, and their European adventure can partly be blamed for that. When all the other teams were winding down in some coastal areas, soaking in the sun and playing friendly matches, Sean Dyche was preparing his troops for the Europa League qualifying rounds.
The early start to the season had a big impact on Burnley’s performance early in the season as the players looked exhausted. And it has been a fight for survival since then.
As things stand in the Premier Legaue, Burnley are sitting at 16th on the table with 30 points, five points adrift of the bottom three.
Liverpool – D W D D W D
Burnley – D D W W L L
Liverpool vs Burnley Team News:
Injured – Joe Gomez is still a few weeks away from featuring, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won’t be involved at all.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Dejan Lovren has returned to the full training and could find himself in the matchday squad, while James Milner is a doubt as he is suffering from a muscular injury.
Note: It’s a mystery why Xherdan Shaqiri hasn’t been given a chance of late. The Swiss international hasn’t done anything wrong and deserves minutes on the field. He could feature here, while Naby Keita is pushing for a start as well after missing out on the Merseyside derby.
Key Players – Mane, Firmino
Injured – Midfielder Steven Defour underwent surgery on a calf injury and recently and is set to spend an extended spell out. Aron Lennon remains a long-term absentee as well.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Sean Dyche could make an unchanged XI that featured in the game against Crystal Palace last week. Tom Heaton should retain his place between the posts ahead of Josh Hart, while Peter Crouch will be a good option from the bench.
Key Players – Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood
Liverpool– Alisson (GK), Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Keita, Mane, Firmino, Salah
Burnley– Heaton (GK), Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Bardsley, McNeil, Cork, Westwood, Hendrick, Wood, Barnes
Having blown up a seven-point lead, Liverpool are now chasing the leaders. Manchester City won’t be dropping too many points and are more than capable of winning all their remaining matches. The best Liverpool can hope is to win their matches and wish for a favorable result from Manchester.
At home, they are too big a force and we back them to win the match.
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