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Premier League: Burnley vs Liverpool preview

Liverpool travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley for their penultimate game of the 2020/21 Premier League season.

Liverpool come into the game knowing only a win will do as the continue in the race to secure Champions League football next season.

Callum Owen previews the game.

Team news

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Nick Pope could be absent for Burnley. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Goalkeeper Nick Pope could be absent for the hosts.

The England shot-stopper missed his sides 4-0 defeat to Leeds with a Knee injury and is ‘touch and go’ to face Liverpool.

Dale Stephens, Phil Bardlsey, Kevin Long and Robbie Brady will also be missing for the home side.

There will be no fresh injury concerns for Liverpool.

After and injury hit season there are still players on the sideline, but both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner could return to the squad.

‘Ox’ returns from illness whilst Milner has resumed training following injury, both look set for the bench.


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Alisson scores the winner for Liverpool against West Brom in the 95th minute. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Liverpool are undefeated in their previous eight league games, with six wins and two draws propelling them back into Champions League contention.

They come into the game on the back of a sensational 2-1 victory over relegated West Brom, in which goalkeeper Alisson Becker scored a 95th minute header to win the game.

The Reds must better Burnley and Crystal Palace in their final two Premier League games if they want to finish in the top four and secure Champions League football.

As for Burnley, they currently sit 16th in the Premier League after a tough season.

In their last four games they have traded wins and losses, most recently losing 4-0 at home to Leeds United.

Champions League ambitions

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Can Liverpool make the top four?. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

This game is nothing less than must win for Liverpool.

With Chelsea beating Leicester 2-1 on Tuesday, Liverpool have a prime opportunity to qualify for the Champions League.

With a win against Burnley, Liverpool will go fourth in the table, ahead of Leicester on goal difference.

If this is the case, the battle for the top four will go down to the final day, with Liverpool’s fate back in the own hands.

Prediction: Burnley 0-1 Liverpool

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