Liverpool and Burnley clash in the opening fixture of gameweek 2 in front of the Anfield loyal on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side eased a 3-0 win against Norwich City whereas the Clarets were thwarted 2-1 by Brighton and Hove Albion at home.
The customary opening day goal from Mohamed Salah capped off a record-breaking performance from the Egyptian at Carrow Road, as he curled in a delightful effort to put the game to bed against Norwich after setting up Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino’s earlier strikes.
Salah’s goal made him the first player in Premier League history to score in season openers 5 times in a row.
With rumours of a new deal which would make him the most paid in the Reds’ history circulating, the 29-year-old has certainly proven that he deserves the bumper package.
Key players returning from injury layoffs and plenty more committing their futures to the club, Klopp’s men are making statements both off and on the field.
Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara have slowly been building up fitness and were reportedly featured in the friendly against Aston Villa so they may be available options for Klopp
Curtis Jones is also expected to be back after suffering a concussion.
Kostas Tsimikas will continue at left back while skipper Andy Robertson is still out due to ankle ligament damage.
Jota will aspire to hold his place up top over Firmino after both men scored last week, but the Brazilian boasts five goals from his last six games against the Clarets.
Burnley duo Dale Stephens (ankle) and Kevin Long (calf) both remain unavailable after undergoing going surgery for their injuries, but Dyche is otherwise well-stocked for the trip to Anfield.
Ashley Barnes famously scored the winner which condemned Liverpool to their first home defeat since April 2017 last term, but he is fighting an uphill battle to displace Jay Rodriguez or Chris Wood up front.
New signing Nathan Collins watched from the bench against Brighton and will have to wait his turn, with Tarkowski and Ben Mee resuming their long-lasting partnership
Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Burnley
Burnley’s victory at Anfield marking the start of Liverpool’s rut was iconic, but lightning is unlikely to strike twice especially now that the stadium will be packed with home fans and Liverpoo’ls squad is strengthened with more players returning from fitness issues.
Klopp’s side have their eyes firmly on the prize and will expect to march to a confidence-boosting win before the trip of Chelsea.
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