Dave Davis explains how Burnley will be a conclusive test of whether or not Liverpool progress and build on their win over Arsenal.
Adam Lallana knew it after the performance against Leicester last Monday. “It was a huge three points,” Lallana told BT Sport. “We knew we let a lot of people down against Leicester last week, including ourselves. We let a lot of people down Monday night, this is just a little bit on the way to putting it right.” The Arsenal result and the performance were both superb, but the acid test now is surely against Burnley.
Reds fans will remember another North London side who were riding high in the league coming to Anfield and being dispatched in a similar fashion. It’s no coincidence that the likes of Mané and Wijnaldum were on song in the victory over Spurs too. A break to La Manga and a performance that looked like they were still there ensured the inconsistency that has plagued Jürgen Klopp in recent months was still there.
Burnley will set-up in a completely different way to Arsenal, we know that. Though they don’t possess the same firepower, they will be well organised and hard to break down. In short, the Achilles heel of this Liverpool side in recent times. All talks of buses aside, Steven Gerrard explained it well on BT Sport after Saturday’s game. Liverpool must find a way to go through, around or over these teams and secure the three points.
The excuses aren’t there for this side and it looks likely that Lovren, Henderson and even Sturridge would be fit for next Sunday’s game. Whilst it may seem unfair to change a winning line-up, Klopp looks set to have all options to choose from and plenty of time to prepare. European and domestic cup commitments mean our rivals have to travel, deal with additional and rearranged fixtures on their horizon. Put simply, Liverpool do not. Burnley is the acid test now and there are no excuses.