Picking the Best Potential Burnley Lineup to Face Liverpool on New Year's Day

​Burnley entertain Liverpool on New Year's Day looking to bounce back from a recent blip in form.


The Clarets still sit pretty in the Premier League table, riding high in a comfortable 7th place despite failing to win in their last four games.


Sean Dyche has shown he has faith in his players' fitness levels, despite the fixture congestion that this time of year brings. 


Here is how Burnley may lineup against the Reds...

Goalkeeper

  • Pope
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​Nick Pope will retain his spot in goal, with number one keeper Tom Heaton still sidelined by injury.

Defence

  • Bardsley
    Bardsley26
  • Tarkowski
    Tarkowski5
  • Mee
    Mee6
  • Taylor
    Taylor3

​The Clarets could bring James Tarkowski straight back into the side, after the central defender completed his three-match suspension for violent conduct.


Sean Dyche is missing first-choice left-back Stephen Ward through injury, so Charlie Taylor is likely to continue deputising. Ben Mee will skipper the side, with Phil Bardsley potentially keeping Matt Lowton out of the side at right-back.

Midfield

  • Cork
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  • Guðmundsson
    Guðmundsson17
  • Defour
    Defour16
  • Hendrick
    Hendrick13
  • Arfield
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​Burnley often line up with a strong spine to their midfield, with the Clarets earning a reputation for being hard to break down.


Players fitness is likely to be assessed after three games in six days, and Sean Dyche will have a selection headache ahead of him as he looks to get his side back in form.


Jack Cork, Steven Defour and Jeff Hendrick could be paired in a strong central midfield, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Scott Arfield candidates for starting positions in the wide areas.

Forwards

  • Barnes
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​Sean Dyche will again be without record signing Chris Wood, who suffered a leg injury in the recent home defeat to ​Tottenham.


Ashley Barnes, Sam Vokes and Nahki Wells are the other striking options available to the Burnley manager, and he may opt to keep faith with Barnes, who has scored recently against both ​Stoke and ​Manchester United.

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