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Burnley vs. Liverpool: Odds, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2018

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Divock Origi of Liverpool applauds the fans at full time after scoring the winning goal to make it 1-0 during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 2, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Liverpool will be out to keep the pressure up on Manchester City in the Premier League on Wednesday when they visit a struggling Burnley team.

The Reds grabbed a dramatic late winner against rivals Everton on Sunday, with Divock Origi capitalising on a blunder from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. It was a victory that leaves Jurgen Klopp's side just two points behind the champions and with serious momentum heading into the Christmas period.

Burnley, by contrast, are in a major rut at the moment. Having finished seventh last season, they appear to be on course for a relegation battle this term after losing five and drawing one of their last six.

It's a game the Reds are big favourites to win as a result. Here are the odds, the broadcast details and a preview of what's to come at Turf Moor.

       

Odds

Burnley win (11-1)

Draw (5-1)

Liverpool win (2-7)

Odds courtesy of OddsShark

         

Date: Wednesday, December 5

Time: 7:45 p.m. (GMT), 2:45 p.m. (ET)

TV Info: NBC Sports (U.S.)

Live Stream: NBC Sports app (U.S.)

         

Preview

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Jurgen Klopp the manager / head coach of Liverpool celebrates with Alisson Becker of Liverpool as Divock Origi of Liverpool scores a goal to make it 1-0 during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Although the wild scenes at the end of Liverpool's win over Everton were largely down to the fact they had yet again beaten their Merseyside rivals late on, it was also indicative of a team whose belief in their ability to win the Premier League title is growing.

The Reds ensured they remained within touching distance of City. In a campaign where it appears unlikely Pep Guardiola's team will drop many points, a four-point margin would have felt significant.

Afterwards, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who celebrated wildly, admitted the emotions of the occasion got the better of him:

BT Sport Score @btsportscore

Jurgen Klopp has apologised to Everton fans and Marco Silva after running onto the pitch following Divock Origi's late winner 🏃‍♂️💨 https://t.co/9J9LpQALPc

It was another performance in keeping with the more robust version of the Anfield side that has been on show in this campaign.

The Reds haven't fired consistently in attack this term, with Mohamed Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri and Roberto Firmino all taken off during the game against Everton. In defence, though, they have excelled throughout the campaign. 

The Premier League Twitter account provided the figures behind this rock-solid beginning to the season for Liverpool:

Premier League @premierleague

Liverpool have conceded just 5 goals in their first 14 matches this season; only Chelsea (in 2008/09) conceded fewer at this stage in a #PL campaign (4 goals) https://t.co/oTDRtbwSbV

While Everton did create chances on Sunday, the performance of Alisson Becker between the sticks showed why the Reds paid a then-world-record fee to bring him in.

Liverpool writer Ben Webb was full of praise for the Brazilian after he produced some brilliant pieces of goalkeeping in the Everton win:

Ben Webb @BenWebbLFC

Alisson’s crucial role shouldn’t go unnoticed today. Incredible point blank save and got a hand to prevent Walcott going through on goal. #LFC

While there's a feelgood factor around Liverpool at the moment, spirits couldn't be much lower at Burnley.

They are in 19th position going into this fixture, and their previous performance—a 2-0 loss away to Crystal Palace—was one of the worst displays they have put in all season.

They are on a horrid run:

Match of the Day @BBCMOTD

Burnley have won just twice in their past 19 Premier League games (D5 L12), after winning five in a row before that run. Watch #MOTD: https://t.co/La7aMjJ84O https://t.co/hiaLfvMimR

With that in mind, it's tough to see anything other than a straightforward win for the Reds, and Klopp may even consider rotating his squad ahead of a frantic festive period.

Burnley are not only blunt going forward, but they also lack the defensive tenacity that made them such a tough side to break down last season.

If Liverpool grab an early goal, this will turn into a long night for Sean Dyche and his players.

Prediction: Burnley 0-4 Liverpool

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