Liverpool host Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, as the Reds aim to bounce back from two matches without a win.
It hasn’t been the most encouraging return to club football after the international break, with the Reds’ defensive deficiencies continuing to be a major issue. Seven goals have been shipped against Manchester City and Sevilla, with so much good attacking play again undone by carelessness at the back.
This weekend’s visit of Burnley represents a must-win game for Liverpool, especially if they want to be genuine title challengers this season.
Their style of play is the polar opposite to Liverpool’s, with long balls launched up to their burly strikers and not too much emphasis on entertainment value. Jurgen Klopp knows exactly the threat that the Clarets pose, having lost to them away and only narrowly beaten them at home last season – a big response is needed from his players after a disappointing week.
Klopp: "Burnley have a clear plan. You can see it in every game. They stick to it and it's difficult to play against."— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) September 15, 2017
For Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho has a good chance of starting against Burnley, especially with Sadio Mane missing after receiving a red card against City. Simon Mignolet will come back in for Loris Karius in goal. Trent Alexander-Arnold will replace Joe Gomez at right-back, and it would be nice to see Andrew Robertson given another chance on the opposite flank.
For Burnley, Goalkeeper Tom Heaton is out with a shoulder problem for Burnley, and both Dean Marney and Nahki Wells are also unavailable.
Last season, Liverpool beat Burnley with a very narrow margin of 2-1. Burnley also defeated Liverpool 2-0 at home.
It's a must-win game for Liverpool. A home atmosphere will be difficult for the visitors to handle, but again, Liverpool's defense can't be trusted. A narrow win is a possibility.