Mohamed Salah has two years remaining on his current deal at Liverpool (Joe Giddens/PA)
Liverpool host Burnley at Anfield in the lunchtime kick-off for the second weekend of the Premier League 2021/22 season.
The Reds started fast in their opener at Norwich last weekend, with a sizzling display led by Mohamed Salah seeing the visitors home 3-0 at Carrow Road.
Anfield awaits Jurgen Klopp’s side today with hopes of another title after an off-season last term, while Sean Dyche’s Clarets will be aiming to bounce back after a disappointing collapse late on against Brighton, coughing up a 1-0 lead to go down 2-1 at Turf Moor.
One of the key pieces to this Liverpool side over recent years is Salah, who has scored 126 goals in all competitions since his move in 2017 from Roma, but with two years left on his contract, Klopp has revealed that the 29-year-old is in talks over an extension: “I am involved in pretty much everything in the club. Maybe some talks happen without me, that’s possible, but apart from that I know about all the things. Two things. Mo is obviously in a really, really good moment football-wise, mood-wise … When there are talks then there are talks and when there is a decision, we will tell you. Until then, it’s only important how the parties work together in these things … If that’s perfect, what it is, then we don’t have to talk about anything else … With two years left, you can imagine there are talks, that’s it.”
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Team news – Liverpool vs Burnley
Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Henderson, Keita, Elliot; Mane, Salah, Jota
Burnley XI: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Brownhill, Cork, McNeil; Wood, Barnes
Liverpool vs Burnley prediction
The team news is about to drop but first take a look at how we think today’s opening Premier League fixture will go. Burnley have enjoyed some recent success at Anfield but Liverpool will be looking to move top of the table with a win.
Predicting how Liverpool vs Burnley will play out today
Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League fixture this afternoon
Liverpool vs Burnley
Burnley could win consecutive league away games against Liverpool for the first time since 1897. Sean Dyche’s side have opened the scoring in four of their last five league matches at Anfield.
However, an 11th Premier League defeat against Liverpool on Saturday would be Burnley’s most in the division against a particular opponent.
Jurgen Klopp welcomes back Liverpool fans
Jurgen Klopp offered up a warm welcome to the Liverpool fans returning to Anfield today during his first matchday programme notes of the season.
He wrote: “Good afternoon and welcome back to Anfield for our Premier League game against Burnley. You have no idea how good it feels to say that. Welcome back! And a full welcome. A full Anfield. With a full away support. Football is back and it’s wonderful.
“Last week against Norwich City was a big learning experience for us. We didn’t start the game well and I’m sure a part of that was us all adapting to the ‘new’ environment we face with the return of capacity attendance.
“It was helpful for us to have the two home friendlies before the campaign got under way and it did serve as a measure of re-acclimatising. But nothing compares to when it’s for real. And that will be today.
“For a start, the dynamic today is different because Burnley have their people here also. That changes things.
“We have the power and belief to make this season very special. But what makes this place special is the appreciation of the journey. A friend of mine who is closer to the fan culture than I could ever profess to be, said to me that people support Liverpool not because they are glory hunters but because they are journey hunters. I love this sentiment.
“Our 2021-22 journey is under way and we should enjoy every second of it. Not because we know we will have success or we expect it – but because we chase it together, as a collective.
“It feels like an adventure again and that is a wonderful sensation after so long apart. Welcome back – we’ve missed you like crazy.”
Mohamed Salah’s worth to Liverpool increases as his big-move options narrow
He knows the numbers. He actively guns for records. Mohamed Salah’s dedication to his craft stretches past muddling defenders, creating space and opportunities for his teammates, or maintaining a supreme physical condition and replicating the zeal seen in match situations on the training pitches.
The Egypt international is studious, regularly seeking out information on his stats, but also those of attackers past and present. It is a means to mark himself against the very best, a measure to make sure he is never comfortable with what he has already achieved:
Mohamed Salah’s worth to Liverpool increases as his big-move options narrow
The Egyptian can get closer to the 100-goal club against Burnley as the Reds prep the most lucrative contract in the club’s history for him
Recent results: Liverpool vs Burnley
Last weekend Liverpool kicked off their 2021/22 Premier League campaign with a 3-0 victory away at Norwich. Diogo Jota opened the scoring in the first half before Roberto Firmino came off the bench to double the lead. Mo Salah set up both goals before adding a third 15 minutes from the end to give the Reds an easy win.
Burnley had a dream start in their opening fixture against Brighton. James Tarkowski scored in the second minute but the Clarets couldn’t hold on. Two second half goals in the space of five minutes saw Neal Maupay and Alexis Mac Allister take Brighton into the lead and the game finished 2-1 to the Seagulls.
When the two teams last met at Anfield Burnley claimed a remarkable 1-0 victory. This fixture last season ended Liverpool’s 68-match home unbeaten run in the Premier League and was the first of six successive top-flight defeats for them at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool and Mohamed Salah in contract talks
“I am involved in pretty much everything in the club. Maybe some talks happen without me, that’s possible, but apart from that I know about all the things. Two things. Mo is obviously in a really, really good moment football-wise, mood-wise …
“When there are talks then there are talks and when there is a decision, we will tell you. Until then, it’s only important how the parties work together in these things … If that’s perfect, what it is, then we don’t have to talk about anything else … With two years left, you can imagine there are talks, that’s it.”
Liverpool vs Burnley team news
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Jordan Henderson and Thiago are “close” to being fully fit but said in his pre-match press conference that it will likely be another week before the midfielders are ready for selection. Curtis Jones is available again after missing the Norwich match due to a concussion.
The Liverpool manager also spoke about Fabinho following the passing of his father earlier this week. “I would like to say it’s a private situation,” Klopp said. “Fab is here and is doing what he is able to do and that’s it pretty much.”
That means Liverpool could retain their starting midfield from the Norwich match, with James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to keep their spots. Kostas Tsimikas continues to deputise for the injured Andy Robertson while Roberto Firmino will be pushing for a start following his goal off the bench last weekend.
Dale Stephens and Kevin Long remain out for Burnley but Sean Dyche has no further injury concerns.
Liverpool vs Burnley predicted line-ups
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Milner, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Mane, Jota, Salah
Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Mee, Tarkowski, Taylor; Brownhill, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Wood, Barnes
Liverpool vs Burnley odds
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