Four Burnley players ruled out for rest of season ahead of Liverpool clash

Burnley will reportedly be without Robbie Brady, Kevin Long, Phil Bardsley and Dale Stephens while Sean Dyche says Nick Pope has a chance but will need to pass a late fitness test.

Lancs Live reports that Burnley will be without Robbie Brady, Kevin Long, Phil Bardsley and Dale Stephens when they host Liverpool tonight at 8:15 pm.

Dyche claims Pope will be touch and go, telling reporters: “He has a niggly knee, it needs to settle down. He has a maybe chance for Wednesday and a better chance for Sunday.”

Liverpool should, on paper, beat any side that Burnley send out given the difference in quality but given their record against lower table sides this season, Jurgen Klopp will know that a win is not guaranteed.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND – MAY 16: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool celebrates victory with Alisson of Liverpool following the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at The Hawthorns on May 16, 2021 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Tim Keeton – Pool/Getty Images)

Liverpool beat West Brom thanks to a 95th-minute winner from none other than Alisson and while that’s a memory that supporters will hold onto for the rest of their lives, it’s an indictment of the state of the Reds’ attack.

Mohamed Salah scored once again – his 22nd Premier League goal of the season. His first-time curler found the back of the net via the upright after Hal Robson-Kanu opened the scoring for the Baggies.

Liverpool’s players are well aware of the stakes as they prepare to face Burnley.

A win is imperative in their search for Champions League football. Thanks to Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Chelsea last week, two wins will see Anfield side creep into the top four now that the Blues beat Leicester City.

A win over Burnley and Crystal Palace will see Klopp’s side finish on 69 points and confirm their place in next season’s Champions League after it seemed nigh on impossible a few weeks ago.

This season has been a nightmare for Liverpool, with injuries galore rendering their title defence pointless.

Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have been out for most of the season while Jordan Henderson has been out since the end of February.

Jurgen has Klopp equated securing a top-four finish with winning a trophy, telling Sky Sports: “Massive, absolutely massive. It will be one of the biggest achievements, ever.

“I know how that sounds but it’s the truth. Everybody here sees it like that.”

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND – MAY 16: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool celebrates victory with Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool following the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at The Hawthorns on May 16, 2021 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Rui Vieira – Pool/Getty Images)

In Matchweek 34, Liverpool were five points off top four and by Saturday, they could be back in the final Champions League qualification spots.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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