Burnley have been lauded as a “results machine” by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ahead of the teams’ Premier League clash at Anfield tomorrow.
The Merseysiders have already wrapped up the league title and are now hunting down a divisional points record, although the German isn’t looking beyond the test that the Clarets could pose this weekend.
As per Lancashire Live, Klopp said: “When I think about the next four opponents, I cannot think we will get 10 or 12 points, I cannot do that. We play against Burnley and they are a results machine, obviously. They will come to us and they will fight with all they have so we have to do so as well.
“After that we play Arsenal in a really good moment and then Chelsea in a really good moment, how could I assume we will get all these points? So from now on, I think only about the Burnley game.”
Burnley travel to Anfield on an impressive run of form, with three wins from their last four matches and only one defeat from their last 12 Premier League games putting them within three points of the top six. Liverpool, for all their exceptional results this season, have lost two of their last six matches in the league.
Dyche can also take heart from some of his team’s previous performances against the Reds. The Clarets may have lost their last four meetings against the current champions but they took the lead both home and away against Klopp’s men last season. Dyche also masterminded a draw for Burnley at Anfield in 2017 and got the better of his German counterpart when they first faced each other at Turf Moor four years ago.
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Liverpool have been difficult to read since they were confirmed as champions two weeks ago. They were thumped 4-0 at Manchester City before recording wins over Aston Villa and Brighton. They were laboured against Dean Smith’s relegation-threatened side and, after scoring twice in the first eight minutes at the Amex Stadium, allowed the Seagulls to have 12 shots against them.
Klopp may be in charge of the best team in the country right now but he is still wise enough to expect a tough challenge from in-form Burnley, who have given Liverpool plenty to think about in recent meetings.
His pre-match comments are in stark contract to David Moyes’ ill-fated observation that the Clarets might be “not that interested” in their midweek game against West Ham before they went to London and won 1-0.
Therefore, Burnley fans could well be appreciative of the respect being paid to them by the manager of the runaway champions compared to the dismissive remarks of a man in charge of a team still battling for their Premier League lives.
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