LIVERPOOL VS BURNLEY
The loss to Burnley last season, began Liverpool woeful record against smaller oppositions last season and performing better against bigger opponents.
Liverpools heavy loss to Man City changes the complex of this game from last season while Burnley have looked good against the big boys defeating Chelsea and picking up a draw against Spurs.
While Mane misses the match through suspension, Jurgen Klopp gets a chance to integrate Coutinho into the team.
Vokes/Wood Vs Lovren: Depends on who gets the nod from Dyche.Both Woods and Vokes are good aerially and Burnley at any give opportunity will be hitting those long ones into the box.They scored goals against Chelsea and Spurs with the same long ball tactics.
Coutinho vs Lowton: On his return to the team,Coutinho needs to be at his best for the game. Burnley will sit back and be compact , leaving Liverpool with little space to work with.
They will need Coutinhos creativity and he might start from the left drifting in centrally where Lowton will find it difficult to track him.
WHERE THE GAME WILL BE WON OR LOST
The Flanks:Liverpool fullbacks will need to block crosses coming in from Burnley. Burnley will be playing off their centre forwards and when they get into good positions on the flanks the full backs must work hard to stop those crosses into the box.
Liverpool will miss Mane in this game.
A game where Burnley will be compact and difficult to break down.
This makes Coutinho return important , Liverpool will need his creativity and eye for a pass to carve out Burnley’s backline.