Brendan Rodgers takes his newly energetic Liverpool side on the road to Turf Moor for this Boxing Day fixture against third from bottom of the table and favourites to be relegated Burnley for a 3PM kick off.
After last week’s massively improved display against Arsenal, Rodger’s has the additional “firepower” of Mario Balotelli to improve the quality on the bench but still awaits the return of Daniel Sturridge to truly add a cutting edge to his front line attack.
The manager must surely bring in Simon Mignolet from the cold because even though his distribution is horrible Brad Jones simply does not look like a premiership keeper and is an accident waiting to happen.
Remember the days when De Gea was ridiculed for his early performances in a United shirt? Ferguson stuck with him though and look what happened. Rodgers must show some faith in Mignolet if he is going to have any chance of eliminating his fragile goalkeeping confidence.
Sakho should continue in defence as he didn’t put a foot wrong against Arsenal and equally it would be a backward step if Markovic was relegated to the bench in favour of Sterling with Balotelli starting up front. The Italian has done nowhere near enough to be considered a certain starter.
If anyone is going to be dropped from the team that played so well against Arsenal and made them look like a championship side then it should be Sterling who is in danger of being overplayed and Joe Allen would be an able replacement in midfield for Gerrard who would be more than an adequate make shift striker.
Unless we are going back to the days when we regularly expected Liverpool to be turned over by teams who were staring relegation in the face then the odds of 19/5 for Burnley to win this game look distinctly unappealing.
The draw at 11/4 looks like a good value bet and it’s certainly a better punt than the 4/5 that makes Liverpool such strong favourites.
Remember this is an away team that couldn’t hit a cow’s arse with a banjo.