Half time, Liverpool 0-0 Burnley
… and there’s some argy-bargy after Fabinho bundles into Barnes just as the whistle goes.
Fabinho gets a caution and, after a VAR check, Dean seems satisfied that nothing too serious has occurred.
In what is likely the last chance of the first half, Liverpool win a free kick in a menacing position only for Alexander-Arnold to lash high and wide.
It’s a head-in-hands moment for Origi.
Ben Mee fluffs a back pass, Origi charges through one-on-one and, with Pope stranded, he goes for the spectacular. Unfortunately for him, his effort ricochets off the goal frame. He could have gone for a much simpler finish.
A good passing move from the hosts ends with Shaqiri freeing up Alexander-Arnold for a shot, but it’s blocked.
Liverpool have had 90 per cent possession over the last 10 minutes and seem to be edging closer to an opener. Meanwhile, Barnes gets the first booking of the game after a foul on Thiago Alcantara.
Liverpool have been limited to long shots so far, Alexander-Arnold the latest to blast over the crossbar.
Robertson has a decent effort from distance soon afterwards, stinging Pope’s palms.
Origi has another good opportunity after Mane sprints through the Burnley midfield and picks him out with a clever pass.
He takes one too many touches and, with yellow shirts converging, his effort floats harmlessly into Pope’s outstretched gloves.
Liverpool win a free kick to the left of the box and Robertson whips a smart delivery into the danger zone, but there’s too much jostling for Mike Dean’s liking and Burnley end up with a free kick.
Klopp looks characteristically animated on the sidelines. Origi goes close not long afterwards, cutting across the box and unleashing a low shot which is saved by Pope.
Tarkowski gets a long ball up to Wood, who finds McNeil in a dangerous position.
He bursts into the box and looks to get a ball across the face of goal, but Fabinho makes a vital intervention.
Shaqiri goes close!
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Georginio Wijnaldum combine well in midfield before the latter tees up Shaqiri outside the box. He smashes a shot at goal, but it drifts just wide.
Dwight McNeil nicks the ball off Alexander-Arnold and lofts a long ball up to Wood.
He looks to have got on the wrong side of Matip but, guess what? He’s offside.
Wood gets a shot away after a long ball up from the back but, once again, the flag is raised.
Good chance for Burnley!
Alisson comes haring out to challenge Chris Wood in the air, before stopping a fierce drive from Barnes at close range. A dicey moment for Liverpool, there.
Ashley Barnes bears down on goal and gets a shot away, which is easily saved by Alisson.
Barnes looked offside and, the moment the ball leaves his boot, the flag goes up.
Alexander-Arnold wins a corner from James Tarkowski and, taking it himself, tees up Mane for a thumping header.
Luckily for Burnley, it’s blocked. Nick Pope looked like he just about had it covered.
Alisson sends a clearance upfield, Mane does well to win the second ball and Origi, from a full 40 yards, thumps a first-time shot into the rafters.
Sadio Mane controls a long throw from Trent Alexander-Arnold, turns on his heel and almost sends Andy Robertson through on goal.
Liverpool win a corner, the ball is cleared, Shaqiri pumps it back in and Fabinho glances a header wide.
Teams in the tunnel
… and we’re about to kick off.
Here’s a fun fact from the history books: Burnley last won away at Anfield in September 1974.
Dyche thinks goals will come for Burnley
Asked about Burnley’s limited attacking threat this season, Dyche says: “I think early season we had a number of injuries. We’ve got through that period, we’ve settled down the defensive side of things and we look more solid, but then you’re looking for that balance.
“We’ve got it right on a couple of occasions, we’ve created some good chances… at some point, stats and facts suggest we will score some goals. We just want them to come quicker.”
Klopp explains team selection
Asked why Salah and Firmino have been benched this evening, Klopp tells Sky: “It’s a reaction to the quality in the squad, which we have to use.
“It’s clear that from now on we play every three days pretty much and that’s why we have to make changes. That’s the only reason.”
Rotation up front
In an effort to get his forward line firing again, Klopp has made two changes to the front three which faced Manchester United on Sunday.
Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino drop to the bench, with Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi starting instead. It might give some Liverpool fans the jitters but, according to Opta, it could be a shrewd move.
Good news for Liverpool
… with Joel Matip and Kostas Tsimikas returning from injury.
Klopp has been forced to find makeshift solutions at centre-back recently, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Matip all sidelined. While Jordan Henderson isn’t in the squad tonight owing to “a minor fitness issue”, Matip’s comeback should mean that he can return to midfield before long having deputised in defence over the last few games.
Patience required for Liverpool?
After three draws, a defeat and a win in their last five Premier League fixtures, the reigning champions are in a bit of a slump. While their 7-0 win against Crystal Palace in mid-December seemed to signal a return to their expansive best, Liverpool have scored only one league goal since then.
Industrious, compact and used to spending long spells out of possession, Burnley are an attacker’s nightmare. It’s no coincidence that their last four fixtures have ended 1-0, though three of those have been narrow defeats for Sean Dyche’s side.
Liverpool desperately need a win this evening and, if they give a good account of themselves, they should get one. They may need to be patient, however, and their finishing will have to be much improved.
Asked to assess the challenge posed by Burnley in his pre-match press conference, Jurgen Klopp said: “When you look at the goal difference, I think it’s nine [goals for and] 22 [goals against]. That means obviously they didn’t score a lot of goals but they don’t concede a lot as well.
“So that just shows us how tough the game will be, but it was always like this against Burnley: a proper fight, second-ball fight, defending the channel balls, defending the intensity – Burnley puts in a specific intensity – and all these kinds of things.
“They play a specific way and I really respect that. They do it for years and Sean is always able to squeeze really good performances out of the squad, even when it’s not the biggest squad in the world and of course if they have injuries that hurts them maybe even more than other teams.
“But that’s the situation, they know that [and] they deal with it very well and we have to face it.”
Dyche, meanwhile, played down Liverpool’s recent difficulties in front of goal. “Struggling in their world is slightly different to our world,” he said. “When they are really on it they can find goals from different places.
“I am not overthinking the fact that they are maybe not as free-flowing, because they are still winning and getting points. We have to be on top of ourselves and our performance.”