Burnley vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool will be hoping for a victory to go with their recent improvement in performances as they travel to a Burnley, who would like to add to their two home wins this season.

With each passing game, the Clarets appear to be more accustomed to life in the Premier League, and they pushed top four hopefuls Tottenham all the way on Saturday, and although defeat saw them slip back into the bottom three, there are many reasons to be optimistic.

Sean Dyche will ensure that his players match Liverpool in terms of commitment, while they could also pose a threat going forward, with Ashley Barnes – scorer of a wonderful goal at Spurs – and Danny Ings now the form duo.

There are small signs that Liverpool are now beginning to turn the corner, and their confidence will be on the rise after salvaging a late point against Arsenal in their best home display of the season, and the target now will be to start closing the gap on fourth place, which currently stands at nine points.

The front three of Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling is working well, while Lazar Markovic is beginning to show why he cost £20m. The Reds are still far from the finished article, but they finally seem on the right track.

Burnley are still without Michael Duff and Stephen Ward, but could have Sam Vokes available for the first time this season after he recovered from a long-term injury.

The visitors are unable to call upon Joe Allen and Fabio Borini, but Mario Balotelli returns to the fold after a one-match ban.

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