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5 things to watch for as Liverpool host Burnley at Anfield

Here are five things for fans to watch as Liverpool host Burnley in the Premier League today. It promises to be a memorable one.

Anfield is back

Of all the things to watch today as Liverpool take on Burnley, one stands out above the rest. Finally, after a long 18 months, Anfield should be packed.

We haven’t witnessed a proper game at a full Anfield since March 2020. It means, bizarrely, the likes of Diogo Jota and Thiago are yet to witness it as Reds.

That all changes today, though. We’re getting tingles already.

The centre-backs

Jurgen Klopp didn’t hesitate last week – he threw Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip right into the mix. The latter hadn’t played a competitive game since January, the former since October.

Yet they kept a clean sheet and Van Dijk, in particular, looked fantastic.

But how will Klopp go about things this time around? Will he back the same duo or give them the week off? Perhaps it’s time for Joe Gomez and Ibrahima Konate to have their moment.

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It’ll be interesting to see how the boss navigates it. All four need games for fitness and momentum – it promises to be a good headache all season long.

Midfield duo

Both Jordan Henderson and Thiago are fit for this one. We’d really like to see them play.

Last week’s midfield wasn’t ideal but it got the job done, with Naby Keita impressing. Does that earn him another go here?

And where does Curtis Jones stand now he’s back from concussion protocols? We’d like the see the 20-year-old get as many games as possible this season.

It’ll all depend on Henderson and Thiago’s fitness levels. We’d like them to play, though, as we haven’t really seen them as a proper partnership. Injuries and position changes robbed us of that last season.

But they’re the best midfield duo Liverpool have. Let’s hope we see it.

Jota or Firmino?

“Diogo Jota or Roberto Firmino?” promises to be a question all season long. They appear to be Liverpool’s preferred centre-forwards but each brings a different style.

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That can prove to be a wonderful weapon for Klopp this season but it also means making a big decision before each game. Does he want the pacey, direct play of Jota or the controlled, link-play of Firmino?

Against a team sitting as deep as Burnley, we expect Firmino. But let’s be honest – both are fantastic options.

Magic Mo

Mohamed Salah was the standout performer against Norwich. The Egyptian was magnificent, creating two goals and scoring himself.

Today’s game should let us know if that was a one-off or if Salah really is starting the season on fire. If he can consistently put in performances like that, it’s hard to see how anyone stops Liverpool.

He really was that good.

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