Liverpool will be hoping to maintain their impressive charge towards a top four place by seeing off the challenge of relegation-threatened Burnley.
Two stupendous goals saw the Reds to victory over title-chasing Manchester City at the weekend and up to fifth place, a feat even more impressive given that they played extra time and penalties in Istanbul just days earlier. But the win was deserved as exposed the champions’ weaknesses and found gaps in their midfield.
Another superb performance from Philippe Coutinho was rewarded with the winner, so Burnley may look to eradicate the threat of the in-form Brazilian by putting an extra body in midfield. This is the kind of game the Reds are expected to win, so manager Brendan Rodgers will look to ensure it is not a case of after the lord mayor’s show.
A bizarre own goal from Kieran Trippier led another potentially costly home defeat for the Clarets against Swansea City on Saturday, and with a daunting run of fixtures coming up until the end of April, they now face an even bigger test of character if they are to haul themselves out of danger.
But they will be positive over their chances here, having already taken points from the homes of Chelsea and Man City this season. On the other side of the coin, Burnley have never managed to score a goal in losing each of their three Premier League meetings with Liverpool, conceding nine goals in the process.
The hosts hope to have Glen Johnson and Mamadou Sakho back available, but Steven Gerrard, Jordon Ibe and Lucas Leiva remain absent.
Burnley have no new injury problems, so attention will be on Danny Ings as he comes up against the side that looks most likely to sign him in the summer.
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