BBC pundit on what Liverpool need to do to beat Burnley

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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to the Reds’ home encounter with Burnley.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has written in his prediction column for BBC Sport that Liverpool will need to produce the same intensity shown during Sunday’s victory over Manchester City in order to overcome Burnley.

The Reds were superb against City, displaying high intensity and showing willing to go toe-to-toe with the reigning Premier League champions.

Sean Dyche’s Burnley side, however, are likely to opt for a defensive tact when visiting Anfield, yet Lawro is still backing the hosts to win comfortably 2-0, but only if they maintain their high pressing game.

“In many ways this is a more difficult game for Liverpool than they found it against Manchester City on Sunday. City came to Anfield and let Liverpool play - it is what they do,” Lawrenson explained.

“Burnley won't turn up and try to take them on toe-to-toe like that. Instead, they will be biting into the tackles, denying Liverpool space and making things as tough as possible.

“Liverpool's success - or not - in dealing with that might come down to how they cope if they get frustrated.

“But they will also need to produce the same intensity as they did against City, when everyone was expecting their players to be tired after their trip to Turkey.

“If they manage that, Brendan Rodgers's side will win comfortably.”

Do Burnley stand a chance of gaining a positive result from Anfield?

Despite their lowly league position, the Clarets have been a welcome addition to this season’s Premier League and they’ve for the most part competed extremely well.

Sean Dyche’s men may not be full of quality, but their spirit and determination can’t be faulted and they have found a way of stopping good sides from playing.

Aside from beating Southampton, the Turf Moor outfit have picked up away draws at Manchester City and Chelsea this season – how many other teams can say that?

On current form, the hosts are big favourites but any complacency – similar to Rodgers’ side’s 2-2 home draw with Leicester City – could ultimately prove their downfall.

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