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Premier League 2020-21 Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool

Fresh from their stunning comeback victory over the hosts West Bromwich Albion Fc in the Premier League, Liverpool Fc (The Reds) are set to play against the hosts Burnley Fc in the Premier League.

Date: 19 May 2021 (Wednesday) ; Time: 8:15 p.m (BST) kick-off ; Venue: Turf Moor, Burnley, England.

By naming Georginio Wijnaldum among the substitutes for the West Bromwich Albion Fc away encounter, Jürgen Klopp may have provided some insights on the possible line-up for the away clash with Burnley Fc (The Clarets).

Besides some of the Players expected to return back in action; yet others like Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi and Konstantinos Tsimikas as well as Reds Youth Academy Players like Curtis Jones and Rhys Williams might be involved in the upcoming fixture.

The last time the two sides faced each other, the visitors Burnley Fc stunning win over the Reds 0-1 not only ended the Reds unbeaten 68 game unbeaten home games in the Premier League but also triggered the harrowing 6 successive Premier League home game losing streak for the Reds.

As such; this painful loss in particular will be fresh in the minds of everyone connected with the Reds.

 

Reds Team Injuries and Suspensions: Prior to the West Bromwich Albion Fc away game; in form Diogo Jota was ruled out after sustaining an unspecified foot injury. The Portuguese International however is expected to be fit in time to play for the Portugal National Team in the postponed Euro 2020 Competition and could be fit to play in the Reds final game of the Season.

Despite being in the squad, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was out of action due to illness and was not part of the Matchday squad that was deployed against the visitors West Bromwich Albion Fc.

Ozan Kabak, James Milner, Naby Keïta and Ben Davies were ruled out due to unspecified minor injury concerns prior to the Southampton Fc home clash.

With the Reds contemplating whether to trigger an option to make permanent his move in an £18 Million (approx.) deal; Kabak may have played his last game for the Reds as the young Turkish International has been out of action due to an unspecified muscle issue. The good news however is that Milner is expected to return in time for the upcoming away clash with the Clarets.

Captain Jordan Henderson has been sidelined for the rest of the campaign despite recently stepping up his rehabilitation. The Skipper underwent a successful corrective surgery on the adductor injury sustained during the Everton Fc home fixture and faces race against time to be fit before the England National Team Squad is announced for the postponed Euro 2020.

After sustaining ankle ligament damage during the Tottenham Hotspur Fc away encounter, Joël Matip has been sidelined out for the remainder of the Season but has stepped up his rehabilitation with the view of returning to the side during the Preseason.

The Defensive Stalwarts Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk are currently working on regaining full fitness after undergoing successful surgeries on their injured knees.

Gomez looks unlikely to be part of the England National Team while Van Dijk has informed his decision not to be part of the Netherlands National Squad for the postponed Euro 2020. The Dutchman intends to focus on regaining full fitness with the view returning to the side during the Preseason.

 

Verdict: Despite shipping Goals and managed to survive relegation this campaign, the Clarets under their Manager Sean Dyche are known for their defensive solidity.

The upcoming clash will be the penultimate game of the campaign for the Reds and is scheduled after Chelsea Fc v Leicester City Fc fixture.

So the Reds will also have a clearer picture of exactly what will be required from their final 2 games.

Destiny awaits the Reds.

 

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