After an impressive win on the road to start their season, Liverpool return to what is certain to be an excitable Anfield with a near capacity crowd for the first time in what must seem like a lifetime for supporters. They have seen their team end their long wait for an English league title and suffer an injury crisis so brutal that it led to debate as to whether they were the worst champions in a generation, an unfair tag for a side whose central defensive options were gutted early in the campaign.
Last season saw Burnley end a 68 match home unbeaten streak for the Reds in the Premier League, starting off a run of six straight top flight losses for Jurgen Klopp's side. The Clarets haven't won two straight games away to Liverpool since 1897 and the form book does not necessarily suggest that they are about to start now. Here is how you can watch the match and everything you need to know:
How to watch and odds
Date: Saturday, Aug. 21 | Time: 7:30 a.m. ET
Location: Anfield -- Liverpool, United Kingdom
TV/Live stream: Peacock Premium
Odds: Liverpool -500; Draw +550; Burnley +1400 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Liverpool: At last the injury burden at Anfield looks to be easing. With Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip having made their return to Premier League action in last weekend's win at Norwich City, Klopp will now be able to integrate three midfielders with Jordan Henderson, Thiago and Curtis Jones expected to be in contention for some minutes at Anfield. Though left back Andrew Robertson is still expected to be sidelined for some time with an ankle ligament problem Liverpool no longer seem to be playing selection whack a mole, fixing one problem only by creating others for themselves elsewhere in the team.
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Burnley: The Clarets have never lost five straight Premier League games but are facing the very real prospect of setting that one unwanted streak after their opening day home defeat to Brighton, a match where they struggled for possession and shots on target. Sean Dyche's side have historically been viewed as a counter punching team but their win at Anfield last season showed how they can use their physicality to impose themselves on their opposition, home or away.
"The best form of defence - although not easy when you're away from home in the Premier League, especially against these sides - is to attack," Dyche said in his pre match press conference. "It's how many attacking options you can find, how many different ways you can find to attack - or attack enough, of course - to put doubt in the opposition. It's not an easy task, but it's certainly part of our intention."
A favorable early fixture list gives Liverpool a chance to build real momentum and this side will be eager to gain revenge for the defeat last season that started off a sizeable wobble. PICK: Liverpool 2 Burnley 0