Liverpool are W14-D4-L1 in all competitions since late November and have coped well in the absence of both Sadio Mane and Mo Salah over the last month. The latter was back for the midweek win over Leicester and was unlucky not to grab a goal, while Mane should return to the squad here.
The Africa Cup of Nations winner will likely be handed a rest by starting from the bench though, given new recruit Luis Diaz has wasted little time in generating a positive impression, making his full debut against the Foxes.
Jurgen Klopp isn’t one to heavily rotate all that often, but will be conscious of a trip to Inter Milan three days later.
However, he should feel confident that his side can extended their current eight-game unbeaten streak, during which time only Chelsea and Arsenal have forced stalemates.
They’ve now won five on the trot and will hope for back-to-back clean sheets against the division’s second-worst scorers.
Burnley are of course struggling and have taken victory just once from 19 appearances in all competitions, as that was picked up when hosting Brentford back in October.
Despite the paucity of wins, they have proven themselves capable of nicking some points against the better sides, taking stalemates when facing Chelsea, West Ham, Arsenal and Man Utd within their last 10 league fixtures.
However, perhaps their 3-0 defeat in the reverse fixture is more indicative as to how this one could pan out, with Sean Dyche’s side also losing 2-0 away to Man City in their other clash with the top two this season.
They fell behind inside 20 minutes on both occasions, and have trailed at both half time and full time in five of their last six against either Liverpool or City, also conceding as early as the third and sixth minutes in two of these. In fact, four of the matches saw the dominant duo with both halves.
Liverpool To Win Both Halves
Burnley have actually trailed at the break in each of their past five league defeats against anyone, so they’ll do well to avoid the inevitable early onslaught.
Liverpool have made light work of dispatching the bottom eight in the table this season, leading at half time and full time in nine of 10 unbeaten clashes, and winning both halves in eight of them.
LIVERPOOL TO WIN BOTH HALVES