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Four Things We Learned From Burnley

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1) Good to grind out a resultLiverpool's 2-1 win over Burnley on Sunday afternoon may not have been the most emphatic of victories but it was a win that proved the Reds do have the ability to grind out a result.

Going 1-0 down after seven minutes seemed far too familiar for Jurgen Klopp's side. Liverpool have seriously struggled against teams like Burnley all season, the Reds need a team to play openly to stand any real chance of a win but on Sunday they somehow managed to break through the barrier. 

A lovely goal from Gini Wijnaldum brought the game level and a cracking strike from Emre Can soon followed, much to the dismay of several Kopites who had been slating the German for the whole match on Twitter.

In all seriousness though, if Liverpool can collect three points when they aren't at their best then that is most definitely a sign of improvement.

2) Gary Neville can't make his mind upGary Neville has always done my head in but he did so especially on Sunday. To be fai…

Trip To Turf Moor

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Liverpool will not be facing Burnley at Anfield on Saturday afternoon as the original fixture list dictated, instead the Reds are off to Turf Moor after a deal was agreed to switch the home and away ties due to the stadium redevelopment.

If, like me you haven't been keeping completely up to speed with the redevelopment, here's a quick run down.

The expansion of the Main Stand began in May 2016 and the project has seen an extra 8,500 seats added taking Anfield's total capacity up to approximately 54,000. The movement or expansion of Anfield has been a long time in the making, partly thanks to our disingenuous previous owners Hicks and Gillett with their "spade in the ground" nonsense but also thanks to a tough process of brokering a deal with the local council and homeowners.

In the end, it was agreed the expansion would go ahead. I don't get up to Liverpool and/or Anfield anywhere near as much as I would like as many of you know but I was up there in February…

Reds Comfortably Beat Burnley

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Liverpool picked up yet another precious three points on Wednesday evening as they continue to pursue a place in the top four. It was Jordan Henderson who netted first again for the Reds after scoring against Manchester City, followed by a Daniel Sturridge effort.

The game started well for Liverpool who flustered Burnley immediately with constant pressure in attack. Burnley were not to be taken lightly as opposition of course as they'd caused trouble for the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea already this season. Brendan Rodgers though had instructed his team to keep up the high tempo and it was just too much for the Clarets.
With the ball, Liverpool were dangerous and without it they were relentless in attempting to gain that possession back. Burnley had no time on the ball and this showed as only the odd flash of trouble arose for Simon Mignolet.
The Reds found their first goal of the game just before the 30 minute mark. For a man who doesn't score very often, Jordan Hend…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Burnley

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Liverpool welcome Burnley to Anfield tomorrow as the Reds look to continue a sublime run of form. After beating Manchester City at the weekend Brendan Rodgers has his sights firmly set on the top four and will be aiming to pick up another three points against the Clarets.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are unable to call upon Jordan Ibe who has picked up a knee ligament injury. Also unavailable are Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva. Doubts also hang over the fitness of  Mamadou Sakho and Glen Johnson.

For Burnley, they are relatively strong but manager Sean Dyche will be unable to call upon Marney, Long and Taylor.

The last time the two sides met was in December last year, a Raheem Sterling goal just after the hour mark was enough to give the Reds a win at Turf Moor.  A trip to Turf Moor in 2010 also ended well for Liverpool as the Reds netted four goals with no return. On the scoresheet that day were Steven Gerrard, Maxi Rodriguez and Ryan Babel.

Another recent meeting between the tw…

Sterling Strike Seals Reds Win

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Liverpool eventually managed to get the better of Burnley on Boxing Day after a second half Raheem Sterling strike gave the Reds all three points. A very dire first half left fans feeling a little more than disgruntled but our star man saved us as we struggled to make an impact in front of goal.

An applause was arranged on the five minute mark for the ex Burnley player and football pundit Clarke Carlisle who was recently involved in a car crash. Both sets of fans showed their support, here's hoping Clarke makes a quick recovery!

The first half for Liverpool consisted of a forced substitution and basically trying to soak up the Burnley pressure. Players like Ings and Arfield were causing issues for the Reds as chances smashed off the post and trickled wide.

At 16 minutes the newly appointed Brad Jones had to leave the field and was replaced with Simon Mignolet. It wasn't long before his comical errors reappeared either after a clearance attempt rebounded off Ings and could hav…

Burnley On Boxing Day For Reds

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Liverpool line up to face Burnley for their Boxing Day fixture this year and Brendan Rodgers will certainly be looking for a win after a hard fought draw against Arsenal last weekend. A bonus for the Reds boss is the return of Mario Balotelli who was serving a ban for the last match.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are without Joe Allen and the usual list of long term absentees. Fabio Borini is also unavailable after picking up a red card against Arsenal. For Burnley they are without Stephen Ward and Michael Duff. There is also a doubt hanging over Matt Taylor who has recently returned from an Achilles problem.

The last time the two sides met was back in 2010. On the score sheet that day were Steven Gerrard, Maxi Rodriguez and Ryan Babel in the 4-0 win. Interestingly, the fixture at Anfield that season also ended 4-0 after a Benayoun hat trick and a Dirk Kuyt goal.

The last time Burnley got the better of us was after a win in the FA Cup in 2005.

Burnley currently find themselves 18t…

Gerrard Gears Victory

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Captain fantastic back to his best...
Steven Gerrard helped steer Liverpool to a 4-0 victory yesterday with 2 goals in 9minutes. The final result saw Burnley relegated but it was an emphatic win for the Reds as they cling on to slim hopes of that last Champions League spot.
The shock entry of Ayala into the back four was the only unsuspected addition to the line up from Benitez. With N'Gog injured it was Kuyt who lead the line. Fellow Dutchman Ryan Babel also started and Maxi Rodriguez was reintroduced on the wing.
The first half for Liverpool was a rather nervy one, Burnley appeared to be dealing with the likes of Kuyt and Aquilani rather well. They were looking strong against the Reds.
The 45minutes portrayed a bad outlook should Liverpool continue to play like that in the second half. Despite some speculative attempts from Gerrard and co, no real chances were created. Burnley also sprung Reina into making a save in the dying minutes, possibly indicating they were becoming comfortab…

Reliance

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Can Benayoun make a repeat of his performance against Burnley in September?
Liverpool face the short trip to Burnley tomorrow as the Lancashire side attempt to remain in the Premier League. Liverpool would hand Burnley a massive blow should they be victorious tomorrow and would see Burnley be relegated.
Not only this they would also hand relegation battlers Wolverhampton Wanderers security. With the Chelsea game also looking more important for other teams rather than ourselves, it is going to be a very peculiar end to the season. Reliance on ourselves from other football clubs is a very scary thing, what worries me is a lot of the time this season, we have not been able to rely on our own performance, let alone giving somebody else a hand.
A win tomorrow could see Liverpool jump into 5th depending on the margin of the win and the Manchester City result. Anything at this moment in time can be taken as a positive because it is just becoming so unlikely that Liverpool will manage to scrape…