Supporters of Burnley are largely living through a season to forget. The Clarets sit in 16th place in the Premier League on 30 points, just 5 points above relegation. Sunday’s match at Anfield should be a Liverpool win every day of the week if you’re comparing squads.
Jürgen Klopp is all too familiar with how difficult Sean Dyche’s team can be to play against. Burnley have had their moments of glory this season. Most recently, Dyche’s side beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Turf Moor, putting a serious dent in Mauricio Pochettino’s aspirations at the top of the table.
Burnley will not be underestimated and Klopp will be training his team this week on dealing with set-pieces and breaking down a stubborn defense.
“It’s not that they have the majority of possession in the games usually,” said Klopp, “so that means we need to create, we need to have ideas, we need to be in a very lively way but patient as well – that’s the challenge for all these games.
“Historically, against Burnley it was always difficult because they have a really high motivation level always, they are really fighting, they never give up. I don’t think they have a lot of high results when they lose, they always stay in the game.
“When you have to make the analysis and watch the last three or four games, you have to say ‘respect’. They beat Tottenham and that doesn’t happen a lot of times. That was very good, of course.
“The last two games were obviously slightly different but I’m pretty sure they are really looking forward to the game on Sunday because they see and feel they have a chance. We have to make sure that will not happen.”
Burnley have lost their last two matches to Newcastle and Crystal Palace, allowing both of those teams to pass them in the table in the process. Their confidence will not be high coming to Anfield but Liverpool will still have to grab control of the match with a goal as quickly as possible if they want to stifle any attempts by Burnley to steal a result.