Liverpool head to Burnley within the Premier League aiming to take care of Jurgen Klopp’s excellent Boxing Day report. Here is the whole lot you could know earlier than kick-off.
Burnley vs Liverpool
Premier League (19) | Turf Moor
December 26, 2023 | 5:30 PM (GMT)
The supervisor is probably not a fan, however Boxing Day soccer is a convention that English soccer is happy with, and this yr Burnley is Liverpool’s opponent.
Attracts towards Man United and Arsenal, punctuated by a League Cup win towards West Ham, have left Liverpool a degree behind the Gunners, which means the Reds can be high with three factors for 48 hours.
Listed below are 10 necessary issues you could know forward of Burnley vs. Liverpool:
1. Quick processing
With Liverpool taking part in at 5.30pm on December 23, the Reds have simply two days, together with Christmas, to organize for it.
In fact, Burnley solely has just a few hours left, so all shall be honest in that regard. Liverpool received off fairly calmly with their festive matches this time.
After taking part in Burnley, the Reds do not play once more till 8pm on New Yr’s Day, at residence to Newcastle. Nevertheless, they do face a two-legged League Cup semi-final in January.
2. “Early” preparations
As talked about, there’s a tight turnaround for the Boxing Day match, and footballers in Britain usually are not getting a traditional Christmas.
“It is England, nobody cares about my Christmas!” mentioned Klopp.
“So this schedule is loopy once more. Our Christmas, we name it Holy Night, it is the twenty fourth, the evening – the household shall be over, will probably be fantastic.
“We are going to prepare on the twenty fifth. I feel we’ll prepare early within the morning after which the boys can go residence and have a Christmas lunch with the households. On the twenty sixth we drive to Burnley.
3. “Nice Place to Rejoice Christmas”
Klopp then mentioned sarcastically that Burnley is a “good spot to rejoice Christmas.”
This clearly did not go down nicely at some factors, with Klopp even joking that the Day by day Mail would take discover. The boss later clarified his feedback, saying: “I did not suppose for a second it was critical.
“If he had mentioned London, I might say good spot to be; If he had mentioned Fiji I might have mentioned good spot to be as a result of we play soccer there and I would not have been with my household.
“Certainly one of my greatest associates’ household is from Burnley, simply to ensure I haven’t got any issues with that.”
I am certain his clarification will not be so extensively shared by the Day by day Mail!
4. Jota can be a “shock”.
With Luis Diaz taking a knock to the knee, Liverpool may do nicely to see Diogo Jota return to motion quickly to lighten the load on the 4 at the moment match forwards.
On Saturday night, Klopp gave an replace on Jota, saying: “I do not need to rule anybody out now, we’ll see.
“He hasn’t educated with the workforce but, we solely have one actual session left, so will probably be a shock. However perhaps I am going to get a shock. Do not know.
“He did not prepare with the workforce, however the session I noticed was very intense, however I have not requested but who shall be out there and the medical division will inform me now or tomorrow.”
5. Group prediction
With Kostas Tsimikas beginning his layoff with a damaged collarbone, Liverpool are left with fewer and fewer choices within the squad.
The seemingly determination shall be for Joe Gomez to begin at left-back, particularly in away video games, however there’s a extra attacking choice in Luke Chambers if Klopp thinks the 19-year-old is prepared.
Elsewhere, Wataru Endo might begin his seventh straight match and Darwin Nunez is more likely to return.
Dominik Szoboszlai may very well be rested, however with six days till the match towards Newcastle, the boss may throw warning to the wind and play together with his strongest workforce.
Predicted XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Gomez; Endo, Szoboszlai, Jones; Salah, Gakpo, Nunez
6. Do you know?
Surprisingly, Liverpool have gained extra video games at Turf Moor than at Anfield towards Burnley within the Premier League period, with six clear sheets within the final 9 visits.
The Reds picked up 23 factors away from residence throughout the whole 2022-2023 season. Thus far this season they’ve collected sixteen factors from 9 away video games within the competitors.
Not since October 2015 have Liverpool performed three consecutive league video games in the identical season – a great omen, probably.
7. A memorable duo officiating
Paul Tierney would be the referee for this, with Simon Hooper the video assistant referee.
Hooper was answerable for Tottenham vs. Liverpool, and Tierney refereed Liverpool vs. Tottenham – in all probability the 2 most controversial Liverpool video games in latest instances.
Tierney’s assistants shall be Marc Perry and Scott Ledger, with Graham Scott taking up the fourth official function. Nick Hopton turns into Hooper’s assistant at Stockley Park.
No repeat of the nonsense about Martin Odegaard’s handball not being penalized, please.
8. 17-1 on Boxing Day
Since arriving on Merseyside, Klopp has had an ideal report on St. Stephen’s Day, taking 5 wins out of 5 as followers feasted on leftovers.
In actual fact, the full sum of scores involves 17-1, together with some memorable outcomes such because the 4-0 towards Leicester, the 4-0 towards Newcastle and final yr’s 3-1 towards Villa Park.
Twelve completely different goalscorers have come to the fore in these 5 video games. The one aim conceded got here final yr, towards Ollie Watkins, earlier than Stefan Bajcetic sealed the victory together with his solely aim to this point.
9. From the underside
Saturday’s shock win over Fulham lifted Burnley above Sheffield United and off the underside of the Premier League. Nevertheless, they’ve nonetheless solely managed 11 factors thus far however are simply three behind Nottingham Forest who’re seventeenth.
After beginning the marketing campaign attempting to play the unfastened soccer that gained them the championship, Vincent Kompany’s facet have needed to adapt.
The workforce is made up of younger gamers with technical expertise, but when Liverpool play in addition to they did towards Arsenal, they should not pose too many issues for the Reds.
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Come on, Reds!