With the remainder of the Premier League’s best four in real life before Liverpool in midweek, the Reds could come into Thursday’s down sitting six points hapless of the pioneers at the midway phase of their season a long ways from the important lead, with a game close by, that they appreciated at a similar phase of last term.
Correlations with their title-winning 2019-20 mission are getting more insignificant constantly in a special season, however, and Jurgen Klopp has even demanded that his side should initially zero in on completing in the top four preceding they can consider shielding their crown.
A disenchanting goalless draw with Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday made it four league games without a success for the heroes, who may have even left away from their most recent match assuaged with a point given that the best two possibilities tumbled to their guests.
It is their longest league winless run since February 2017 and, while bounty has been made of their defense deficiencies, it is their attacking gruffness which is the central concern now.
The goals have evaporated since the conduits opened in the 7-0 success over Crystal Palace, with Liverpool netting just a single time in four games since, remembering three spaces for a line unexpectedly since 2005.
Not since the 1999-2000 season have Liverpool neglected to score in four progressive EPL games, while it is a destiny which has just happened to seven past reigning top league champions in English football history. Forebodingly for Liverpool, they have been liable for four of those seven dry spells.
The numbers behind the dry spell are concerning as well; their transformation rate from their last four league games is a small 1.6% one goals from 62 shots and obvious possibilities have been including some hidden costs since scoring seven goals from eight shots on track at Palace.
Sunday’s draw was the first run through in quite a while that Liverpool have neglected to score at home in the league, yet their unbeaten run is at any rate still unblemished and now extends back 68 matches to April 2017.
Consecutive home draws implies that they have just dropped a greater number of points at Anfield this season than they did last season when by chance Burnley were the lone group to take any points off the bosses with a draw in July.
Sean Dyche would happily acknowledge a rehash of that outcome this time around, representing Liverpool’s structure, with Burnley currently sitting seventeenth in the table and just four points away from the relegation zone after consecutive 1-0 defeat.
There is no masking where Burnley’s issues lie; their count of 22 goals conceded is superior to pioneers Manchester United, however a measly return of nine goals scored in 17 games leaves them in a relegation fight.
Those inconveniences in the last third are most evident away from home, where Burnley’s lone goal in their last seven league trips came graciousness of a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang own goal.
For sure, the last time the Clarets scored an away goal themselves was route back on October 3, 11 hours of football prior, and obviously they are the joint-least scorers out and about this season, while just Sheffield United have gotten less points on their movements.
Any desire for a success at Anfield won’t be especially high, at that point, particularly as Burnley have not dominated a league match there since September 1974 their solitary triumph in their last 17 visits to the arena.
Burnley have likewise taken only five points from a potential 36 in Premier League games against Liverpool, however there may very well be a flicker of idealism both in the house side’s structure and in the way that the Clarets have beaten every one of the four reigning bosses they have looked in the Premier League previously.
Goals have not actually been streaming openly for both of these different sides recently; Liverpool’s last three EPL excursions have yielded an entirety of one goal, while Burnley’s last four have all finished 1-0 three against and one for.
The Clarets are efficient and are in no way, shape or form resistance which Liverpool’s front three will see as simple feed to get back in goalscoring structure, however they ought to have enough to return back to winning ways against a group that has truly battled out and about this season. Hence bet on Liverpool to win.