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Liverpool continue their push for a top-four finish this season with a win against Burnley on Wednesday night at Anfield.

The Reds have been in fantastic form, unbeaten in the Premier League in 2015 and have lost just two of their last 20 matches in all competitions.

Brendan Rodgers' side head into the clash with the Lancashire side just one point behind fifth-placed Southampton and could well leapfrog them and Manchester United into fourth if the Red Devils are beaten away at Newcastle United.

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Liverpool are set to play their third game in less than a week, however, they showed no signs of weakness when they beat Manchester City following last Thursday's Europa League exit at the hands of Besiktas.

Goals from Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho ensured a 2-1 win just two days after their trip to Istanbul and the win has raised confidence inside the Anfield dressing room.

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Burnley will be desperate for a result on Merseyside as they look to drag themselves out of the relegation zone. Following Aston Villa's 2-1 victory against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday evening, Sean Dyce's side are three points from safety however a win against the Reds would see them out of the bottom three.

Sterling To Lead The Line

Rodgers has recently stated that Daniel Sturridge, who spent over five months on the side-line injured, is still searching for full fitness.

The England international has made nine appearances since he returned in January, however the majority of them have come from the substitute bench and he has managed just two goals in that time.

Raheem Sterling started up-front against City last weekend and will likely remain leading the Liverpool forward line for this game at least.

Despite playing in an unfamiliar position, the 20-year-old has done well when operating as a striker and has six Premier League goals to his name this season. Against the Citizens, he had a few chances however took too long on the ball to really test Joe Hart.

When the Reds faced Burnley at Turfmoor earlier this term, Sterling's only goal of the game granted the three points for his side and he will be looking to do the same back on familiar ground.

Coutinho To Pull The Strings

What a past few weeks for the Brazilian, who has shown his true class.

His crashing 25 yard effort gave Liverpool the opener in their 2-0 win against Southampton to give his side the upper hand in the battle for fourth place against the Saints and then netted the winner to snatch victory against Manchester City.

It is not just goals that Coutinho is scoring, either. He is also the Reds' most important player at the minute and oozing is class in every aspect of the game. His passing, his vision, his skill on the ball have all been at the top level and is beginning to become the player everyone thought he could be.

Coutinho also linked well with Adam Lallana against Manuel Pellegrini's men, who more than deserves to keep his place in Rodgers' starting line-up.

Lallana hasn't had the season he would have liked since his £25 million move from Southampton but his performance against City was his best in a Red shirt. He found pockets with ease in dangerous positions and had a couple of chances that were agonisingly close.

The 25-year-old's link-up play with Sterling was superb to watch, as it has been in the past, and they will look to combine in any given opportunity.

Henderson Coming Of Age

Ahead of Liverpool's clash with Manchester City, there were question marks on how Jordan Henderson would do when marking Yaya Toure.

Toure is arguably the best centre-midfielder in the Premier League however Henderson completely outplayed the Ivorian and bossed the midfield.

The 24-year-old took the captain's armband in the absence of Steven Gerrard and lead the Reds to victory. He never stopped from the first to the final whistle, constantly on the charge to win the ball for his side and make things happen.

Henderson curled home a 25 yard beauty past Hart to give Liverpool the opening goal of the game and showed his passion for the club when celebrating.

Joe Allen also impressed in the centre-of-midfield and will once again partner Henderson.

The Welshman highlighted why £15 million was paid for him in 2012 as he a number of tackles and was the root of all Liverpool attacks.

Markovic Must Improve

With Jordan Ibe side-lined for a month, Lazar Markovic will continue at right wing-back.

After a run of games when impressing, the Serb has performed under-par in recent weeks and must improve.

Markovic has lost the ball all too easily at times and rarely runs at defenders and utilizes his pace.

The potential is certainly there, however. His chipped pass to find Lallana against the Citizens was superb, but his moments of magic come too little, too often.

Alberto Moreno has been solid on the opposite wing and had a fantastic battle with Pablo Zabaleta last Sunday. The Spaniard got the upper hand on the City full-back, beating the Argentine for pace when getting forward and keeping Zabaleta at bay when defending.

Lovren To Remain In Defence

Mamadou Sakho is still in the sickroom for his clash therefore Dejan Lovren will likely see off competition from Kolo Toure and Glen Johnson to keep his place at the back.

After a terrible start to his Anfield career, Lovren has began to settle in and performed well against City. The Croatia international had the task of marking Sergio Aguero on several occasions and the former Southampton came out on top more often than not.

Martin Skrtel and Emre Can have formed a fantastic partnership and they will complete the Liverpool back three.

Skrtel has matured over the past few months and began reading play much better. He will have the task of marking Danny Ings in the game, however the former Zenit St. Petersburg man should take to the task positively.

Can is usually the ball-playing centre-back, driving out of the back-four and picking the correct pass.

Simon Mignolet made several decent saves against City and he may be targeted at set-pieces by Burnley, however should be more than capable of overcoming the threat.

Starting XI

Mignolet; Can, Skrtel, Lovren; Markovic, Henderson, Allen, Moreno; Coutinho, Lallana; Sterling

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