With Arsenal and Manchester United not in Premier League action this Weekend due to their F.A. Cup commitments Liverpool have the perfect opportunity to extend the gap in the race for 4th place and that final Champions League slot come the end of the season.
Today they play host to Burnley with not only enhancing their Champions League hopes in mind but also wanting to exact revenge for the 2-0 defeat they suffered at Turf Moor in the second weekend of the season. That result came off the back of a sensational 4-3 win at The Emirates and once again Jurgen Klopp’s men face Burnley off the back of beating Arsenal.
It was not quite the 4-3 thriller we witnessed in the opening weekend of the season last Saturday but it was still a convincing 3-1 win for Liverpool as they were no match for an Arsenal side that started without it’s star player Alexis Sanchez.
On seeing the Arsenal lineup that must have given Liverpool an extra boost and it certainly showed as they were ahead early through Roberto Firmino you could say from that point they never looked back as they put Arsene Wenger’s men to the sword.
But Livepool have been a tale of two teams as of late, at their blistering best against both Tottenham and Arsenal in front of their own fans but the same cannot be said when on the road as they have suffered recent defeats to both Hull and Leicester.
They may have their troubles away from home but no-one knows that feeling more than Burnley. They are still searching for a first win away from from the fortress that is Turf Moor this season and they must be thankful that their home form has been so impressive during this campaign.
It is that incredible string of results at their newly found fortress which will more than likely assure safety in their first season back in the top flight, that said though the failure to win on the road will surely be of concern to Sean Dyche.
Last week they made the journey to South Wales and were on the wrong side of a 3-2 thriller at The Liberty Stadium as Swansea picked up a crucial win in their own bid for Premier League survival. At one point it was looking as if the win would came as Andre Gray’s double put The Clarets 2-1 ahead but it was just not meant to be as Swansea turned things around in dramatic fashion.
Defeat for Burnley last week means that they missed out on the opportunity to move back into the top half of the table but that said they still find themselves in 12th and with the expectations the club would have had at the start of the campaign that is not an effort to be diminished in anyway.
But can that win away from home finally come this Afternoon and not only that can they do an unlikely double over Liverpool in the process. All runs no matter how barren do have to come to and end at some point but I’m not sure if Today is the day. I’ll go for a Liverpool win which will be of concern to both Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger.