March 02, 2015

Liverpool and their supporters will be in buoyant mood as they entertain relegation-threatened Burnley at Anfield on Wednesday evening.

The Reds (14-6-7) stretched their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 11 matches (8-3-0) as they beat title-chasing Manchester City 2-1 at Anfield on Sunday, with Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho both scoring goals with superb curling shots. The Reds moved up to fifth place after beating the Citizens and are now just two points behind fourth-place Manchester United.

Coutinho has emerged a key player for Liverpool in recent weeks and has struck up a good relationship with stand-in captain Henderson and Adam Lallana, who is finally justifying the big fee the Reds paid Southampton when they signed the midfielder last summer.

Despite being delighted with his side's recent performances, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists Burnley will be tough opponents at Merseyside and has praised the achievements of Clarets manager Sean Dyche.

"Sean Dyche has done an incredible job at Burnley," Rodgers told his club's website. "He's a Premier League manager who is very talented.

"I am always impressed when I watch Burnley - I watch their work rate and they've gone away from home in big games and got good results. Sean has got them very well organised, they have great motivation when they play, great commitment to try and stay in the league and they're fighting. They're a team we're wary of."

Burnley (4-10-13) lost 1-0 at home against Swansea last weekend and remain deep in relegation trouble. The Clarets are third from bottom after taking just two points from their last six league matches.

Swansea's winner came courtesy of an own goal by Burnley defender Kieran Trippier. The Clarets created a couple of reasonable goal-scoring opportunities and had a good penalty appeal waved away but could not find an equaliser against a disciplined Swansea side.

Wales striker Sam Vokes, who has recently returned to action following a serious knee injury, is confident Burnley can get a result at Anfield.

"Of course it's a tough one and they're a top side," Vokes told his club's website. "But we've nothing to fear and we've shown what we're about all season.

"We've gone to Man City, Newcastle and Chelsea and picked up points, so we need to take confidence from those sort of results and take it into that game."

Liverpool will still be without skipper Steve Gerrard, who is recovering from a hamstring problem, while young forward Jordon Ibe has been ruled out of action for up to a month after suffering a knee injury.

Burnley have reported no fresh injury concerns, while a fit-again Vokes could start up front alongside Danny Ings at Anfield.

The Reds are unbeaten in their last eight home league matches, with five wins and three draws, while the Clarets have won just one of their 13 away league matches this term.

England international Raheem Sterling scored a second-half winner as Liverpool beat Burnley 1-0 in this season's reverse league fixture at Turf Moor on Dec. 26. The Clarets attempted 16 shots on the Liverpool goal but not a single one of them was on target.

There have only ever been three Premier League matches between Liverpool and Burnley, with the Merseysiders winning all three without conceding a goal.

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