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Liverpool face the fight of their lives to make the top four this season. Getty Images

Liverpool host Burnley at Anfield on Wednesday as the Reds look to keep the pressure on Arsenal and Manchester United for a top-four spot.

Where to watch

Kick-off is set for 8pm GMT. Highlights of the game will be available on BBC Match of the Day at 10.45pm GMT on BBC One.


Liverpool have been in brilliant form off late, scoring goals for fun in the Premier League and are currently the only unbeaten team in the league since the turn of the year. Their 2-1 win over Manchester City last weekend is testimony to the confidence they are playing with right now and are looking favourites to trump either the likes of Arsenal or United for a place in the Champions League.

Philippe Coutinho is playing out of his skin, while the new signings have finally integrated into the team, having struggled to come to terms with the rigours of Premier League football and Brendan Rodgers' tactics. However, Liverpool cannot afford to take their foot off the pedal, having suffered a two legged loss to Besiktas in the Europa League.

Their performance against the top teams in the league has been a whole different story, where they have dominated games from the word go, but cannot let that confidence supersede themselves when they come to terms with oppositions currently fighting to stay up.

Meanwhile, Burnley come into the fixture having failed to win a single game in their last six fixtures and currently are on 18th spot, level on points with QPR, who host Arsenal at Loftus Road. A win here will give them the some much needed confidence ahead of a difficult run ahead and Sean Dyche will be desperate to start Sam Vokes who has just returned from injury. Danny Ings is in great form and will be critical to Burnley's chances of taking anything out of the game.

What managers say

Brendan Rodgers: "I rate Burnley as a team and their manager in particular. Sean Dyche has done an incredible job. He's very talented. I'm always impressed when I watch Burnley. They have gone away from home in big games and got good results. They are maximising what they've got. Their budget is nowhere near a lot of teams at this level. They will have a great chance to stay in the division. Sean has got them very well organised. They play with great motivation and commitment. They are fighting to stay in the league. They are a team we are wary of."

Sean Dyche: "[Ings] His determination has been there for all to see," Dyche said. "He's had one quiet one and other than that he's been fantastic. I'm sure his determination will be to do his best for Burnley, no matter who it's against. He'll do that and the rest will take care of itself."

Betting odds (888Sport)

  • Liverpool win: 4/11
  • Draw: 4
  • Burnley win: 17/2

Team news


Possible XI: Mignolet, Skrtel, Lovren, Can, Markovic, Moreno, Henderson, Allen, Coutinho, Lallana, Sterling.


Possible XI: Heaton, Mee, Shackell, Keane, Trippier, Jones, Arfield, Boyd, Kightly, Vokes, Ings.