Liverpool boss Klopp claims he knows what tactic Burnley will use

Speaking to the press earlier today, manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that they could be without a few key players for the game.

Andre Gray will provide the threat on the counter while Ashley Barnes will make a nuisance of himself and hound Liverpool's defensive midfielder into a mistake.

Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United are separated by only three points, but Jurgen Klopp's side have played a match more than their rivals.

The German tactician says that his side were not good enough last season as they finished eighth, and believes if they miss out again this year it will be for the same reason.

Liverpool are also waiting on the return of the injury-plagued striker Daniel Sturridge, who is out with a hip injury immediately following a virus. We can boost that price significantly by backing Liverpool to win, and backing both teams to find the net.

That bit of good fortune - for fortunate it nearly certainly was - might have been enough to plant a seed of doubt in Burnley while simultaneously injecting Liverpool with some temporary confidence. Liverpool dominated possession against Sunderland, Swansea, Hull, Leicester and against Burnley in August, and took one point from those five matches. We have to prove it on the pitch.

The closest teams to Chelsea - Spurs and Manchester City - have built themselves a plump four point cushion to fourth-placed Liverpool. 'We were resolute in our defending, we had good organisation, a good tactical plan; we scored a sublime first goal, then had two or three other chances and ruffled their feathers. Yes because we think we should qualify for it.

Burnley, who have accrued just two points from their 14 top-flight away games this season, remain 12th, seven points above the relegation zone. If not, Divock Origi will be eager to impress Klopp.

It is a monkey they have failed to dislodge from their back even when visiting Accrington and Sunderland in cup competitions, and Dyche's 12th-placed side can not escape the questions about it given they are now in the midst of a four-game run on their travels.

"It is the first ugly game we won".

"We just tried to fight and do everything to win the game".

They could do the top-flight double against Liverpool for the first time since 1929-30.

Sean Dyche (to the BBC on other teams' interest in Burnley players): "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 seriously".

  • Stacy Allen