CONFIRMED: Liverpool lineup vs Burnley

Jurgen Klopp has named a strong starting XI to face Burnley at Anfield.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has named his starting XI to face Burnley in today’s Premier League encounter at Anfield.

The Reds suffered their second league defeat of the season at Arsenal last weekend and will look to bounce back to winning ways.

Liverpool emerged victorious in their previous encounter with Burnley at Turf Moor on Boxing Day, securing a 2-0 win with goals from Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota.

The Merseysiders have been dominant in the recent history of fixtures between the two teams, winning each of the past four meetings and managing to keep a clean sheet in every instance.

Burnley’s most recent triumph over the Reds dates back to January 2021 when Ashley Barnes’ penalty secured a 1-0 win at Anfield, a match played behind closed doors.

This victory is one of only two successes that the Clarets have recorded against Liverpool in their 17 Premier League encounters, with the Reds emerging victorious in 13 of those clashes.

Speaking ahead of the game, Klopp said: “I think from the outside world it’s probably a banana skin. For a sportsperson it’s actually not, because it’s an opponent [we] respect a lot.

“I really think Vinny is doing an incredible job there, to be honest. He learned so early in his managing career so many very important things for the career after it.

“Having all the highs you can have, with running through the Championship last year like nobody else before.

“Then getting knock after knock by playing good football, by sticking to their principles. I couldn’t respect it, I couldn’t admire it, more, to be honest.

“You see them still playing. Now [David Datro] Fofana has scored two goals, came on [against Fulham], game before I think he was involved in the goal as well.

“They have now somebody [who] looks like they can score goals, on top of all the other boys.

“Their results are strange, they lose not high, if they lose it’s 2-1, 3-2, whatever.

“These kinds of things. You see they are in the game, they play football, they do that and we have to be absolutely spot on.

“For us, how I have heard, we will have the next increase of people in the stadium, which is really nice. I’m not sure how many there will be, if we can fill the stadium completely, but we can obviously introduce and welcome more people, which will be great.

“They will be all Liverpool’s fans and I would say we have nothing else to do on Saturday, so let’s create a special atmosphere, let’s go for them.

“The team wants to show a reaction. If the people want to help us with that, it would be really helpful. The first thing we should forget is where Burnley is in the table because only that creates a potential banana skin.

Klopp has selected: Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Quansah, Van Dijk, Robertson; Endo, Mac Allister, Jones; Jota, Gakpo, Diaz

Subs: Adrian, Mrozek, Gakpo, Elliott, Tsimikas, Gravenberch, Clark, McConnell, Koumas.

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