Burnley v Liverpool

19 Aug

Liverpool's Alberto Moreno and Philippe Coutinho celebrate

Thirteen of Philippe Coutinho’s 30 goals for Liverpool have been scored from outside the penalty area


Burnley’s club-record signing Steven Defour may make his debut in place of departed midfielder David Jones, who has joined Sheffield Wednesday.

Jon Flanagan is on loan from Liverpool, and therefore ineligible, while Ashley Barnes is out with a hamstring injury.

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and James Milner are in contention after returning from respective hip and ankle problems.

Sadio Mane is doubtful after suffering a shoulder injury in training.

Philippe Coutinho is fit to play, having been substituted at Arsenal because of cramp rather than injury, while Joel Matip and Lucas Leiva are available after recovering from hamstring problems.


Nigel Adderley: “It was a case of same old story for Burnley on their return to the Premier League – effort and endeavour far outweighed creativity and sharpness in front of goal as Swansea nicked the points at Turf Moor.

“At least the Clarets supporters have been given a clear indication that Sean Dyche is determined to put things right with the record signing of Belgian playmaker Steven Defour from Anderlecht.

“It’s an eye-catching deal but further reinforcements look to be needed before the transfer window shuts.

“Liverpool lurched from scintillating to shambolic during their extraordinary opener at Arsenal.

“Jurgen Klopp has strengthened an already potent attack but that porous defence may require some transfer window shopping as well.”



Burnley manager Sean Dyche on the signing of Steven Defour: “In the Premier League world, the numbers that get bandied around seems really small. But for us, they are actually big for a club like Burnley.

“For us, it’s a big thing to spend millions of pounds. For others, it’s just like, ‘park that, let’s move on and get another one in’. That’s the vast difference in the market.

“He [Defour] knows it will be a challenge for us. He’s not coming in thinking we will be rolling around the top three all season.

“He knows it will be a challenge and he wants to be part of that.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on criticism of Alberto Moreno’s display at Arsenal: “Alberto could have done better but I don’t really understand what we are talking about.

“Maybe I should read more newspapers but I have no idea what we are talking about. The world is not satisfied with our left-back?

“Football is a game you cannot play without making mistakes. Ask goalkeepers and central defenders; when they make a mistake it often leads to a goal, but they have to carry on and we do too in the work we do.”


Burnley were a bit unlucky to lose to Swansea but that sums up where it went wrong for them when they were last in the top flight.

The Clarets always worked hard and always seemed to stay in games but they ended up being beaten quite a lot too.

You would not want to have played two games at home and lost them both at this stage of the season but, unfortunately for Burnley, I can see it happening.

Prediction: 0-2

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  • Liverpool have won all four of their previous Premier League games against Burnley, scoring 11 goals without reply.
  • The Clarets’ last league win over Liverpool was a 1-0 victory at Anfield in September 1974.


  • Burnley have failed to score in eight of their last 10 matches in the top flight, and are goalless in their last five Premier League home games.
  • Defeat to Swansea last weekend was the Clarets’ first league loss in 2016 – ending a 23-match unbeaten streak.
  • The last time they lost back-to-back league games was during their most recent spell in the top flight, when they suffered four consecutive defeats between April and May 2015.


  • The Reds have only kept two clean sheets in their last 12 league games, conceding 17 goals in total.
  • The last time the Reds failed to score in a Premier League game was in a 2-0 defeat by Leicester on 2 February.
  • Liverpool have scored four goals or more in five Premier League games this year, more than any side.
  • Simon Mignolet could make his 200th Premier League appearance in this match, becoming the third Belgian to reach this milestone after Marouane Fellaini and Vincent Kompany.
  • Sadio Mane has scored nine goals in his last nine appearances in the Premier League.

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