By Harry Ewbank – @HreEwbank
After a wait of more than 30 years for a league match up between the sides, clashes between Burnley and Liverpool are for now a regular fixture in the Premier League calendar.
Under Sean Dyche the Clarets have solidified as a top-flight side going into their fourth consecutive year. Saturday sees the visit of Liverpool in front of the TV cameras, with the Reds aiming to maintain a 100% record and remain atop the league.
But how have Liverpool fared in recent visits to the famous old Lancashire Turf?
Steven sinks lowly Burnley
Burnley 0-4 Liverpool – April 25th, 2010
It had been a momentous season for the most significant Burnley side in generations.
After play-off glory sealed promotion from the Championship in May 2009, the Clarets would grace the Premier League for the first time, and their first topflight bow since 1976.
Most famously they would stun Manchester United in August with a 1-0 win, however it would be Liverpool who would fatally wound them and relegate them in late April.
The Reds’ were chasing Champions League football at the time and a Steven Gerrard double, along with goals from Maxi Rodriguez and Ryan Babel, ultimately sealed an unsurprising fate for the Lancashire club.
A Sterling victory
Burnley 0-1 Liverpool – Boxing Day 2014
After the heights of a title race the season before, Liverpool had been firmly knocked off their perch.
They would redeem a poor run, overcoming Burnley in an unconvincing win which sent the Reds up to ninth in the league. Raheem Sterling’s sixth of the season gave his side the three points.
Their hosts remained in the relegation zone and again would fail to make a second season at this level.
A toxic performance
Burnley 2-0 Liverpool – August 20th, 2016
As they bounced back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, there was optimism that Sean Dyche and his side had what it took to this time avoid relegation.
And a historic opening home game would fuel the optimism – a victory against Liverpool that would repeat the heroics of a 2005 scalp in the FA Cup. On the other hand, it was the dawning of a new era for the Reds’ with Jurgen Klopp taking charge of his first full season.
Defensive frailties would once again falter his sides credentials however, with Sam Vokes and Andre Gray capitalising.
81% possession and 26 shots counted for nothing and there was no hiding from the spotlight on the debut of yet another eye-catching kit…
A late Kla-ssic
Burnley 1-2 Liverpool – New Year’s Day 2018
Ragnar Klavan may not be an instantly recognisable name looking back on Liverpool’s defenders of recent years. Nevertheless, the Estonian centre-back holds fond memories in fans’ hearts.
Whether it was his strange tactics or pointless dummies, he always managed to entertain. But it would be a last-minute winner at Turf Moor which will live long in the memory.
After it looked like the hosts would steal a point late on, Klavan would bundle the ball home in front of a raucous away end, four minutes into the allotted added time.
Victory meant Liverpool had gone 16 games unbeaten, while Burnley miraculously only sat three places below the Reds’ in seventh and would ultimately go on to claim European football.
A Cork-er of a comeback
Burnley 1-3 Liverpool – December 6th, 2018
The latest match up at Turf Moor would again test the resolve of Klopp’s side, who completed an impressive comeback to stay unbeaten in the League.
Jack Cork had given the Clarets a second half lead, although a corker a goal from James Milner got Liverpool on their way.
Firmino and Shaqiri would add to complete another win at Turf Moor in a first half of the season where the Reds’ barely put a foot wrong.