How we expect Liverpool to line up vs Burnley

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds last season endured a disastrous title defence as injuries and a loss of form took their toll, but key man Virgil van Dijk is back to organise the defence – and the 2019/20 champions looked good against newcomers Norwich last time out, winning 3-0 at Carrow Road.

A win against the Canaries was to be expected, but Liverpool couldn’t take those victories for granted last season – and it already looks to be a different story this term with Van Dijk back.

Liverpool could scarcely have wished for two more inviting games to kick the season off, with Sean Dyche’s Burnley next up at Anfield – and the Clarets’ 2-1 home defeat to Brighton last weekend suggests this could be a big win for Klopp.

Andy Robertson remains out of action, though is not too far away from a return – and that means FPL bargain Kostas Tsimikas should once again start at left-back.

Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson could return to action after playing in a behind-closed-doors game against Aston Villa this week.

Attack is one area where Klopp faces real competition: Diogo Jota started and scored alongside Sadio Mane and Mo Salah at Norwich, but Roberto Firmino came on and linked up well with Salah for a goal as well.

Summer signing Ibrahima Konate could make his debut for the club off the bench, though Klopp has confirmed Fabinho will play no part due to a family bereavement.

“I would like to say it’s a private situation,” Klopp said. “Fab is here and is doing what he’s able to do and that’s it pretty much.

“We all feel for him, we all feel with him. We all gave him and his family our condolences and tried to give him all the warmth, all the love, we have at this moment and that’s it. The rest is private.”

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Liverpool predicted XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Keita; Salah, Jota, Mane

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Liverpool provisional squad: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Tsimikas, Fabinho, Milner, Keita, Salah, Jota, Mane, Kelleher, N Williams, Gomez, Konate, Davies, Henderson, Thiago, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Elliott, Firmino, Origi, Minamino.

Injury list: Robertson (ankle)

Doubts: Thiago (match fitness), Henderson (match fitness), Jones (head)

Out: Fabinho (family bereavement)

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