L'Pool v Burnley: Kops seek first successive win in 2017

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L'Pool v Burnley: Kops seek first successive win in 2017

Liverpool host the Clarets (Burnley) at Anfield on Sunday afternoon, with three points the target after returning to form by beating Arsenal last weekend.

The last three games at Anfield have produced seven points from nine against Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal. The big challenges haven't been a problem. Now they bid to maintain that form against one of the five teams to have beaten them in the league this season.

That victory was of course at Turf Moor, where Burnley have been outstanding. Only two of their 31 points have been on the road, although one was recorded at Old Trafford. Liverpool simply cannot afford any more surprises like the one against Swansea.

Team News

Reds captain Jordan Henderson will miss his third game in a row for Liverpool as he continues to struggle with a foot injury. Daniel Sturridge is ruled out with a hip injury, while Roberto Firminho and Dejan Lovren are doubts.

Midfielder Steven Defour and Johann Berg Gudmundsson remain out for Burnley, but Tom Heaton is fit after illness. Joey Barton is available after recovering from a hamstring strain.

Head-to-head

Liverpool have played Burnley five times in the Premier League, winning the first four by an aggregate score of 11-0. However, Burnley beat the Reds during their last meeting, a 2-0 victory at Turf Moor in August.

Burnley's last win at Anfield was in September 1974. They've drawn one and lost eight of their nine visits there since, scoring once and conceding 19 goals. They could do the top-flight double against Liverpool for the first time since 1929-30.

Recent forms

Liverpool who have only won three of their last 13 matches in all competitions are looking for back-to-back wins in the league for the first time in 2017. The Reds are unbeaten in 17 Premier League home games against promoted sides since losing to Blackpool in the 2010-11 campaign (W12, D5). A Liverpool win for Juegen Klopp's men who have have scored an unrivalled 58 league goals this season would equal their tally of 16 league victories for last season.

Burnley are yet to win away this season, a run of 13 league games (D2, L11), and have won only four of their 51 Premier League away matches overall (D8, L39).

If the Clarets avoid defeat on Sunday, they would be only the second promoted team in 14 Premier League seasons to remain unbeaten at Old Trafford and Anfield in a single campaign.

Managers' quotes

Jurgen Klopp - Liverpool manager

"People say I don't have a Plan B or whatever. Yes, we know how to play. (We) have to cover specific spaces and make the right decisions. We can't just say we can only concentrate on counter attacks, set pieces, whatever. It's an all-round challenge.

"My job, how I understand it, is to help them find the right decisions easier. That's what training is for. We have to prove it on the pitch. In this moment I'm not sure we will win against Burnley but I'm quite optimistic. We're ready for the fight." Klopp said on BBC Sports

Sean Dyche - Burnley manager

"I've said many times it's that balance between people looking at your players and wondering where that will go, then equally the respect where it shows that people are taking Burnley Football Club seriously.

"That's good for the club that people are recognising that. It's certainly good for myself and the staff to realise that we do work with these players and they do develop and improve. The more we do that, the stronger the team gets, and I think that's been shown over a long period now." said Dyche

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