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Liverpool training set to start against Burnley


Liverpool host Burnley at Anfield on Thursday night as they look to win for the first time in five Premier League games.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have been in a bit of a rut since their 7-0 loss to Crystal Palace. Goals have dried up since that day, with the Reds only finding the net once in their subsequent league games – Sadio Mane’s strike in a 1-1 draw against West Brom.

Burnley represents strong opposition; Sean Dyche’s side arrive at Anfield with the best defense of the last nine in the league, conceding 22 goals in 17 games. The Clarets are embroiled in a relegation battle and will surely rely on their defensive attributes to ensure a result against the champions.

So breaking them will be key for a creatively struggling Liverpool side. Here is the lineup that should start doing just that.

Alisson (GK) – It’s not too hard to predict who will be in between the sticks. Alisson made two decent saves against Manchester United last time around and will be looking for his sixth clean sheet of the season on Thursday.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – The full-back has really struggled to replicate his creative impact from previous seasons, providing just two assists so far. But, there is still a starter for Klopp’s team.

Joël Matip (CB) – Missed the game against United because Klopp was not ready to risk it. However, the Cameroonian will likely come back for this one.

Fabinho (CB) – The Brazilian has been excellent as a makeshift center-back this season and will continue at the back while Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez are both out.

Andy Robertson (LB) – Has done better than his colleague on the other side of the defense in the assistance department, racking up five, but still will not be satisfied. He will, however, continue to be Klopp’s number one choice at left-back.

Thiago (CM) – The Spaniard made his Anfield debut last time around and could find more joy on Thursday with Jordan Henderson filling the seated role, allowing him to distribute the ball into advanced positions. His vision could be the key for the Reds.

Jordan Henderson (CM) – The club captain will likely return to midfield after being used in defense against United. He hopes to influence the game and rock his team again.

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) – The Dutchman has been a regular feature of Klopp’s squad, having appeared in all 18 league games so far, and will likely start this one.

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No league goal in four for Mohamed Salah | James Williamson – AMA / Getty Images

Mohamed Salah (RW) – Has not scored in four Premier League games and will be desperate to end his drought to finally rise to 14 goals for the season.

Roberto Firmino (ST) – Another player who has struggled to enter the games recently. The Brazilian hasn’t been up to par lately but, with Diogo Jota still out, he looks like the likely option up front.

Sadio Mane (LW) – The only Liverpool player to score in their last four league games and still a tireless worker. Mane is a guaranteed starter to the left of their top three.