Preview - Burnley vs Liverpool 01 September 19

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Match Day 4
Burnley vs. Liverpool
Sunday, September 1st 2019
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Turf Moor

Last five matches form: L L W L D
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.18
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.79
Top Scorer (18/19): Ashley Barnes (12)

Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match (18/19): 2.34
Average goals against per match (18/19): 0.58
Top Scorer (18/19): Sadio Mané & Mohamed Salah (22)

We may only be three weeks into the season, but already there is only one perfect record remaining in the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp's European Champion's Liverpool are the only side to be sitting with three wins from three, and this week head to Turf Moor to take on a Burnley side who - on a smaller scale - have also made an impressive start to the season.

Liverpool registered a league double over a number of sides last season, Burnley included. Jurgen Klopp's men winning this game 3-1 and the reverse fixture at Anfield 4-2.

We will admit to having not been blown away by Liverpool in their opening two wins over Norwich and Southampton. However last weekend against Arsenal, they did really show up, with Mo Salah sensational throughout. That said, two of their goals did come from set-pieces, and despite being so solid at the back last year, are without a clean sheet in their first three games this term.

Burnley meanwhile have impressed us in every game, beating Southampton with ease, going down narrowly at the Emirates and being seconds away from what would have been a deserved success away at Wolves.

This does look a potential banana skin for Liverpool against a side who are playing well and can cause problems against a defence which looks far from impenetrable at present. We do expect the Reds to win, but it could be close.

Prediction: Burnley 1 - 2 Liverpool


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 0 - 3
Shots:  7 - 15
Shots on target: 2 - 7
Corner Kicks: 6 - 4
Possession: 37% - 63%

No bookings at Turf Moore as referee Christopher Kavanagh kept his cards in his pocket throughout.

This one went pretty much the way most would have expected to, with Liverpool continuing to pick up the pace and looking a different class to Burnley on the day. That said the first two goals in particular weren't really down to any scintillating play from Jurgen Klopp's men, and had Burnley managed to avoid them, then who knows how this may have ended up.

The opener arrived in the 33rd minute. Trent Alexander-Arnold receiving the ball deep on the right and looking to swing a trademark cross into the area. His ball took a deflection off the back of Chris Wood on the way through, completely altering the flight of the ball and befuddling Burnley keeper Nick Pope. Up and over it looped and into the top left corner.

If the opener was something of a fluke, then Burnley were guilty of shooting themselves in the foot for the second. Ben Mee giving the ball away to Roberto Firmino on halfway. The Brazilian advancing forward and with the home defence caught off guard slipping in Sadio Mané in the left of the area. Smart first-time finish into the bottom right from the Senegal man from around twelve yards out. 2-0 after 37 minutes and that's the way it stayed until the break.

Liverpool continued to have the better of it in the second half, and had Mo Salah been a little more unselfish on occasion, then the third goal would likely have arrived before it did.

The Liverpool third did arrive ten minutes from time. Salah attacking the edge of the area, and if anything, mis-controlling the ball into the path of Roberto Firmino. Smart finish from Firmino nonetheless into the bottom left from eighteen yards.

0-3 final score.

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