Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions & line-up vs Burnley

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Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Anfield on Sunday afternoon

Liverpool have the opportunity to avenge their first league defeat of the season and combat their deficiencies against a deep-lying defence when they host Burnley on Sunday.

Sean Dyche's men let the Reds have all of the ball on the second matchday of 2016-17, but claimed all three points in a shock 2-0 victory at Turf Moor.

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Burnley have yet to win away on their travels in the top flight, though, and Liverpool will be out to extend that run while furthering their top-four ambitions.

Jurgen Klopp's men last recorded consecutive league victories at the tail end of December but, having turned in a commanding performance against Arsenal last weekend, they will want to repeat the trick at Anfield on Sunday.


LIVERPOOL INJURIES


Jordan Henderson has yet to return to training following a foot problem, while Daniel Sturridge has been absent with a hip issue and both players are unavailable.

Klopp will leave it late to assess Roberto Firmino, who has not made a session this week. 

"Roberto is struggling," the Reds boss explained. "He felt something after the game, so he couldn't train until now.

HD Roberto Firmino

"We need to wait a little bit more, then see."

Marko Grujic continued his search for sharpness after a hamstring tendon injury by getting 60 minutes for the Under-23s in their 5-1 demolition of Reading.


LIVERPOOL SUSPENSIONS


The Reds have no suspension concerns, while Ashley Barnes will return from a one-match ban for the visitors.

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LIVERPOOL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


While Ragnar Klavan turned in a fine display in the 3-1 win over the Gunners, Klopp has the opportunity to field his preferred centre-back pairing again.

Dejan Lovren was named on the bench against Arsene Wenger's side following a knee injury and could slot back into the first XI alongside Joel Matip.

If Firmino is not cleared in time to feature, Divock Origi will be in line for his first league start since the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on January 15.

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BURNLEY TEAM NEWS


Burnley’s last win at Anfield was in September 1974, and with just one maximum-point haul in their last six league outings, they will be desperate to alter that fact.

Dyche's gameplan at Turf Moor in August was for his side to be "awkward and unusual" for Liverpool to handle as they tried to win the ball as high as possible.

A goal in the second minute from Sam Voakes encouraged their approach, before Andre Gray added another ahead of the break.

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Burnley will again aim to be as compact as possible, waiting to pounce on mistakes and hurt the hosts on the counter.  

Klopp pointed out that the visitors have the "clearest plan" of the teams Liverpool find it trickier against. "They defend well, are ready for the counter-attack, long balls, run in behind, and are a danger from set-pieces," he said. "It can't be easy against them."

Steven Defour should be available after returning to training following a hamstring setback. Tom Heaton was laid low with a virus but is expected to line up between the sticks, while Dean Marney and Johann Berg Gudmundsson remain out.


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Liverpool haven’t lost a Premier League home game against a promoted side since the 2010-11 campaign against Blackpool (W12 D5 since).

  • If Liverpool win this match, then they will equal their tally of wins for the entire 2015-16 Premier League season (16).

  • Burnley have the worst away record in the Premier League this season; winning just two points from 39 available (W0 D2 L11).


TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


Kick off is 16:00 BST and the match will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports.

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