Liverpool v Burnley For Opening Fixture In The 2021/22 Premier League
The first home game at Anfield Stadium for the Premier League 2021/22 season, Liverpool vs Burnley, kicks off at 12:30pm on Saturday, August 21st. Liverpool FC, take on The Clarets to begin their journey to becoming the 2-time Premier League champions. These two teams have a rich history together, so it will be fascinating to see how this plays out.
Liverpool v Burnley: Previous Meeting
The Clarets will prepare to face against the former Premier League champions, Liverpool FC where the odds may not be in their favour. Jurgen Klopp’s men have won 10 Premier League fixtures against Burnley FC, including 3 of their last 5 meetings. Premier League results show Liverpool FC’s history against Burnley FC:
- Games won: 10
- Drawn: 2
- Lost: 2
Liverpool FC is more than capable of securing a win against Burnley in their first encounter of the season, but don’t take it as a guarantee. Previous clashes between the two sides have shown that the unexpected should always be expected.
When the two teams last clashed at Anfield Stadium, all football fans were stunned when Burnley FC ended the Reds’ 68th unbeaten home match streak. Within the first 5 minutes, The Reds had numerous goal opportunities, with Fabinho missing a header from the centre of the box and Divock Origi missing another. 82 minutes into the match, Ashley Barnes (Burnley) scored a penalty and secured a clean sheet for the team. 5 minutes extra time was added but despite many attempts, Liverpool was unable to equalise the match. In the end, Liverpool had a total of 12 corners and 27 attempted shots. Despite their defeat, many Liverpool fans praised their team for having 72% overall possession.
This fixture left many doubts about Liverpool’s future performance within the Premier League 2020/21 season; however, this didn’t stop the team from progressing.
The Reds redeemed themselves during the following fixture between Liverpool and Burnley, taking all 3 points and winning 3-0. Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, Nathaniel Philips and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were all the instruments towards the team’s victory. Firmino first struck a remarkable goal into the bottom corner before halftime to give Liverpool a 1-0 lead over Burnley. Philips then scored a spectacular header 52 minutes into the game. Finally, with a low drilling shot to the goal, midfielder Chamberlain took the team to a 3-0 victory.
Liverpool Transfer News:
So how does Jurgen Klopp plan to strengthen his team in preparation for this fixture and the Premier League 2021/22 season? Liverpool’s opening game is very important as it will set the tone of their overall performance throughout the season.
During the transfer windows, Liverpool FC has made a huge total of approximately £30million in players sales involving the likes of Harry Wilson who has been sold to Fulham for £12.5 million and Marko Grujić who is on a season-long loan to Porto for £10.5 million.
The only confirmed deal for Liverpool so far has been Ibrahima Konate, who was signed for a massive £36 million at the start of the season. The French centre-back is guaranteed to make a huge impact on the Liverpool club, with his quick pace and strong defence he makes a great compliment to the team.
Despite these loans and transfers, there are more highly anticipated rumours in the air whilst the transfer window is still open. Many transfer rumours suggest that Liverpool FC is interested in signing Rentanto Sanches from Ligue 1 club Lille.
Liverpool FC also has strong transfer links for Kylian Mbappé but are in high competition with Real Madrid who also has a strong eye for the French forward. With less than 12 months remaining on his current deal with PSG, Mbappé remains on Liverpool FC and Real Madrid’s radar.
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Liverpool’s Overall State Of Play:
After a commendable 3rd place finish last season, Liverpool is arguably one of the top picks for the Premier League, but many fans are questioning their game plan due to many changes within the club.
It is a known fact that Liverpool needs a new central midfielder following the exit of Georginio Wijnaldum and midfielder Harry Wilson. Liverpool FC also sold Taiwo Awoniyi to Union Berlin for an agreed 6.5 million.
Liverpool’s state of play will be in high question as injuries last season hit like never before. Team captain, Jordan Henderson underwent surgery due to a groin injury in February. Despite this injury, Henderson was fit to return and made his comeback at the Euros.
After being 9 months out of action with a cruciate ligament injury, Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk has made his comeback during Liverpool’s pre-season fixture against Hertha Berlin. Fans are extremely excited to see Dijk’s performance during the Premier League season.
Liverpool’s Joe Gomez also unfortunately sustained a knee injury last year which resulted in him missing out on the remainder of last year’s Premier League season and the Euros 20. Jurgen Klopp reported that Gomez has “no setbacks at all” since his return, therefore fans can expect to see a great campaign from this defender.
Despite the injuries, Liverpool is still one of the top picks for taking this trophy home. Klopp has lost lots of confidence in his men and Anfield has proven a difficult place to play for travelling teams in the past.
Liverpool Pre-Season Fixtures:
Both teams are both currently preparing for their Premier League fixtures with plenty of pre-season fixtures.
Liverpool has shown a great display of preparation during the pre-season. Liverpool went head-to-head against Mainz FC at Anfield Stadium and left the pitch with a clean sheet victory, 1-0.
Burnley FC has also been preparing for their fixture with pre-season fixtures. The Clarets have so far won all their preseason games including games against:
- Oldham 0-2 Burnley – Saturday 24th July, Boundary Park
- Blackpool 0-1 Burnley – Tuesday 27th July, Bloomfield Road
- Tranmere 1-2 Burnley – Saturday 31st July, Prenton Park
With such a strong portfolio going into the Premier League, a Liverpool v Burnley matchup will be a great start to the Premier League season.
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