Liverpool first goalscorer odds vs Burnley: Diogo Jota to haunt the Clarets

After dropping points last weekend, Liverpool will be itching to get back out on the pitch as they welcome a sorry-looking Burnley side to Anfield. Liverpool can't afford to drop any more points with Manchester City breathing down their neck.

The Reds have been in fine goalscoring form as of late – even with Mohamed Salah's absence – with Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez taking on a lot of the responsibilities which must continue this weekend against the Clarets.

Liverpool first goalscorer odds – Our picks

Liverpool first goalscorer odds
Diogo Jota has scored four goals in his last five Premier League games – Photo by Icon Sport

Diogo Jota – (3/1)

The Portuguese international has missed six Premier League games this season through suspension and injury, but he's still managed to find the back of the net eight times.

Most of those goals have come in recent weeks and when he returned from a muscular injury. Jota has been handed significantly more game time due to Sala's absence and he's grasped that opportunity with four goals and two assists in his last five games, with only three of them being starts.

So, with this recent red-hot run of form, coupled with the fact Jota scored on his last outing against Burnley in December, he is the obvious favourite to find the back of the net first this weekend.

Darwin Nunez is underperforming his Premier League XG
Darwin Nunez is underperforming his Premier League XG by over 3.0 – Photo by Icon Sport

Darwin Nunez – (4/1)

Darwin Nunez is potentially the most frustrating player to watch in the Premier League. The Uruguayan appears to have all the natural and raw ability to be a top player, but his erratic nature continues to let him down.

Nunez is massively underperforming his XG in the Premier League with only seven goals to his name despite boasting an XG of 10.8 which shows where his main flaw lies. However, that stat does show he's always likely to be in and around the opposition's box when it matters.

Burnley will likely give up numerous opportunities at Anfield having already shipped 20 goals away from home. So, backing Nunez to make it two in two against the Clarets this season would be sensible.

Cody Gakpo is currently out of favour at Liverpool
Cody Gakpo has a fight on his hands to earn a regular starting spot at Liverpool – Photo by Icon sport

Cody Gakpo – (11/2)

It's been a very indifferent campaign for last season's big-money January signing, Cody Gakpo. The Dutch international only has three goals in 21 Premier League appearances this term as well as just one start in the past four games.

Gakpo was handed the chance to impress at the beginning of the campaign starting five of Liverpool's opening seven league matches but he only returned two goals and zero assists. So, it looks unlikely he will start this weekend against Burnley, if it's a tough encounter he may be required to break the deadlock off the bench and get his first goal against Burnley.

Luis Diaz has struggled in front of goal this season for Liverpool
Luis Diaz is a consistent starter for Liverpool this season – Photo by Icon Sport

Luis Diaz – (7/1)

It's no surprise that after Nunez and Jota, there's a swift dropoff in the first goalscorer market because neither Diaz nor Gakpo are clinical enough in the final third. Diaz has just four league goals this term and eight across all competitions.

However, he is a Jurgen Klopp favourite having started nine of Liverpool's last 10 Premier League bouts, so seems nailed on to be handed a starting berth this weekend too. The Colombian did indeed score on his last appearance at Anfield against Chelsea, so he can find the back of the net, it's just usually on an inconsistent basis.

Prior to his goal against Chelsea, the winger hadn't registered a Premier League strike since the beginning of November against Luton Town, which was a very late equaliser, following an absence due to off-field issues.

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