Burnley-Liverpool Preview

Liverpool's pursuit of English football history and superlatives continues Saturday when they put their Premier League-record 24-match home winning streak on the line versus Burnley at Anfield.

The champions are trying to become the first English football team to win 25 consecutive home games at any level since Bradford Park North accomplished the feat in the Third Division North spanning 1926-27. Liverpool (30-2-2) are already one of six English sides to accomplish a 100 percent home record, having won all 14 of their games in the Second Division in 1893-94, but no side have done so since Brentford ran the table over 21 matches in the Third Division South in 1929-30.

Liverpool's bid to become the second Premier League centurions along with the 2017-18 Manchester City squad took another step forward with their clinical 3-1 victory at Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday. Mo Salah made the Seagulls pay for some slack play in their own third, scoring in the sixth minute and setting up a strike by Jordan Henderson two minutes later.

Salah secured all three points on 76 minutes, meeting Andy Robertson's corner with a header past Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan. Liverpool moved within two victories of matching City's single-season record for victories (32) and would topple the European standards of 33 wins and 102 points set by the 2013-14 Juventus squad should they run the table in their final four matches.

"He is always there fighting for a goal, helping the team on the defence phase as well," keeper Alisson said of his goal-scoring teammate Salah to Liverpool's official website. "He is always there to help win some games for us and ready to fight always for the goal. It's his job and he loves to do that."

Salah has been involved in 100 goals in 104 league matches, scoring 73, and he still has an outside chance of catching Jamie Vardy for his third consecutive Golden Boot - a feat accomplished by only Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry. The Egypt international has one goal in four lifetime matches versus the Clarets.

Burnley (14-7-13) continue to dance on the edges of European play, entering this contest in 10th place on 49 points but only three back of Wolverhampton for sixth. Sean Dyche's side are unbeaten in their last four (3-1-0), coming off a vintage grind-out 1-0 victory at West Ham United on Wednesday.

Jay Rodriguez's goal on 38 minutes separated the sides as the Clarets posted their third clean sheet during this recent uptick while running their unbeaten road spell to five matches (4-1-0). Burnley also recorded their league-best 14th shutout of the season.

"I thought the players put everything into the game again, as they do," Dyche told the club's official website. "We started very brightly and if I'm being greedy we had a good couple of chances and could have had more than the one (goal) by half time.

"Some groups can make excuses, but we've always insisted on there being no excuses. This is the challenge in front of us and in my group you have to be committed to the cause and give everything. You have to have a 'teamship' and some of the core values we put into these players are just as fashionable as they ever have been, in my opinion."

Currently on 49 points, Burnley need five points from their final four matches to set a club record in the Premier League era and six to match their First Division standard set in their title-winning 1959-60 term and equaled six seasons later.

Taking points from Big Six sides has been a struggle, though, with Burnley earning five through their first 10 such encounters (1-2-7). Still, keeper Nick Pope has tipped his side for a strong run-in as they chase club records.

"When you get 40 points as quickly as we did, you have a freedom to push on and do with the season what you like almost," said the Clarets' No. 1. "The platform we built was one to springboard from and really use and that's what we're doing at the minute. That (the 2018 total of 54 points) would be a great target to go for and to break through the 50 points as well is not far away now."

Liverpool are seeking a second straight double over Burnley after running out 3-0 winners at Turf Moor in late August as an own goal by Clarets striker Chris Wood and one from Sadio Mane four minutes later proved too much to overcome before Roberto Firmino added a third.

The Clarets have one win and a draw in 11 Premier League matchups with Liverpool, with the draw in 2017 their lone point in five trips to Anfield. Burnley are 0-2-10 in their last 12 visits to the red portion of Merseyside in all competitions since a 1-0 victory in the First Division in 1974.

Updated July 10, 2020

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