It’s been an emotional week for Liverpool supporters, as they’ve been thrust into a potentially pivotal match against a team that they’ve struggled against in recent seasons.
That match, which could determine who finishes second in the Premier League, could also be the deciding point in the title race for the Reds.
It’s an incredible opportunity for Rodgers to put his stamp on the title, and it could come down to how he manages it.
There are some who will say that the best way to get the best out of the Reds is to do the same thing he’s done for decades, and that’s put together a solid side that can beat any opposition.
But, as with any match, there are also certain tactics that have been tried and tested, and will be put to the test in this match.
The Reds’ tactics against Burnley Liverpool’s starting XI The first thing to do is to see how the Reds are going to line up against the team that has struggled against them this season.
Burnley have struggled to win the ball back, and their midfielders have been poor, particularly when it comes to making runs into the box.
They’ve had some good performances in the second half, but it’s been a frustrating time for the side.
Burnley’s midfielders The biggest difference from last season’s team was that they had the likes of James Milner and James Milne in the side, and they were used to playing with two centre-backs.
This season, they’ll be relying on two centre midfielders and one holding midfielder, with Luke Shaw and Joe Gomez playing in midfield and the striker, Sadio Mane, playing in defence.
Liverpool have used their attacking threat to break the deadlock Liverpool, for example, were successful with their long balls when they were able to get in behind Burnley’s defence.
This is probably the best example of how Liverpool’s attacking threat can work against Burnleys midfielders.
Their players will be expecting a lot from themselves Liverpool are one of the top teams in the world at this stage of the season, and are currently unbeaten in all competitions, having scored 23 goals in all 12 matches.
That’s not all they’ve achieved this season though, as the Reds have been crowned champions of England.
They will be hoping to continue that success against Burnles players, and while they’re certainly not expecting a big result, they will be aware of what the club is capable of.
Mane, of course, is likely to be at the heart of the attack.
The Liverpool striker has scored 21 goals in 31 games for the club, including a string of five hat-tricks and five hatters in the Europa League.
But the real threat will be Liverpool’s defenders.
It was revealed last week that Mane was one of six Reds to miss the game with a calf injury, and he will be desperate to show that he is ready for a top-level game.
It’s the first time in the club’s history that they have conceded two goals in a game, and with Liverpool having a top four finish in the last two seasons, they’re likely to want to put pressure on the opposition as much as possible.
There’s also a strong chance that Liverpool will be relying heavily on Raheem Sterling, who is set to make his debut for the squad against Burners.
Liverpool will also be desperate for a clean sheet.
They have conceded 20 goals in 14 games this season, but only two have been on target.
“There’s no doubt we need to play with a bit more intensity and to give the opposition something to think about,” said Mane.
“It’s important that we give ourselves a good challenge and give ourselves chances to score.”
Liverpool will also have to defend with a high line The game will be the second of a two-match trip for Liverpool, and the Reds will be looking to get a clean break on their trip to Burnley, with only the third meeting between the two teams coming from this position.
After the recent win against Everton, Liverpool’s players have been very keen to put their stamp on this game.
They’re aiming to get on top of the league in the next few weeks, and this match could be a chance for them to do just that.
Defenders and midfielders in midfield The likes of Sterling, Milner, Milne and Milne will be key to Liverpool’s efforts, and should they take the game to Burners, there will be an expectation that they’ll need to do all they can to make sure the Reds don’t concede the goals.
Strikers and wingers will need to be alert, and look to make a number of tackles to keep the ball away from their opponents.
However, there’s no denying that Liverpool have some quality in the defensive midfield area.
The Reds will also need to keep their players compact, as there are two centre back pairing, with the winger,