Kick-off: 2000, 21/01/2021
TV: Sky Sports
It will be a major surprise if Liverpool don’t end their recent Premier League slump by seeing off Burnley at Anfield on Thursday night.
However, after failing to score in three straight top-flight fixtures, the Reds are unlikely to run away with this contest against the resilient Clarets.
That makes 19/20 for a home win and under 3.5 goals in the game the way to go for our first Liverpool vs Burnley prediction.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Liverpool had 66 per cent of the possession when hosting Manchester United on Sunday but lacked a cutting edge up front.
Roberto Firmino fluffed their best openings, while Thiago Alcantara’s long-range effort forced David De Gea into a rare save.
In the end, the Reds were grateful for Alisson denying Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba late on to keep the scores level.
That made it four league games without a victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side, following draws with West Brom and Newcastle and a 1-0 defeat at Southampton.
Captain Jordan Henderson said: “We need to score goals to win games – and I’m not talking just about the front three.
“I’m talking about everyone: midfielders, full-backs getting into the box, set-pieces. Everybody can chip in. We need to start doing that quickly.
“We’ve just got to keep working hard and not think about it too much, because the quality we possess going forward is frightening.
“So it’s not quality, we just need to change our mentality and make sure we’re ruthless when we come in front of goal.”
Sadio Mane did manage to bag a brace versus a youthful Aston Villa outfit in the FA Cup and has a good record against Burnley, netting four times in as many starts when facing them.
Looking at the Liverpool vs Burnley odds, Mane appeals at 10/3 to break the deadlock.
Last Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Henderson, Shaqiri, Firmino, Mane, Salah.
A Look At Burnley’s Betting Odds
Burnley will take heart from their past exploits at Anfield, with July’s 1-1 draw being a second stalemate here in three seasons.
However, they return with goalscoring problems of their own after Saturday’s loss at West Ham was a third 1-0 defeat in four league outings.
The Clarets did manage to scrape past basement dwellers Sheffield United by the same scoreline during the current drought.
Sean Dyche’s side are only one place above the relegation zone, though, and have now failed to score in six of their last seven away games.
Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes started in attack against the Hammers, with Matej Vydra and Jay Rodriguez introduced in the second half, to no avail.
“You can work on the training ground, but often strikers will tell you, sometimes they find a goal, sometimes a lucky one, however it comes, and it just clicks again,” said Dyche.
“We want to speed that process up obviously, the idea of coaching is to try and speed that situation up.
“We know the four players can operate, we think there’s a nice mix of how we can operate with two strikers, but none of them are quite there at the moment.”
We’re going for a 2-0 home win at 21/4 to finish off our Liverpool vs Burnley betting tips.
Last Burnley line-up: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, Gudmundsson, Brownhill, Brady, Westwood, Wood, Barnes.
LIVERPOOL 0-0 Man Utd
West Ham 1-0 BURNLEY
Head-to-head: Liverpool 1-1 Burnley, Burnley 0-3 Liverpool, Liverpool 4-2 Burnley, Burnley 1-3 Liverpool
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