Liverpool vs Burnley, Premier League


Liverpool vs Burnley, Premier League

Last season we saw that his presence was nearly mandatory for a Liverpool victory to occur, but the additions of Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will have eased that eventuality somewhat.

The Reds' star playmaker returned to the starting XI in today's game with Burnley at Anfield.

Chris Wood's scoring run ended but his Burnley side continue to hold their own against the heavyweights in the English Premier League.

And addressing Liverpool's defensive errors in the buildup to Burnley's goal, Klopp stressed that his back line "could have defended it much better".

The visitors took the lead when Scott Arfield found the net in the first half but Mohamed Salah equalised just moments after.

Philippe Coutinho makes his first start of the season for Liverpool in Saturday's hosting of Burnley.

It could have been a baptism of fire as the Reds, showing seven changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Sevilla in the Champions League in mid-week, looked to bounce back from last weekend's 5-0 beating at Manchester City. But Dyche shouldn't have anxious because, as Burnley tend to do and already showed at Chelsea and Tottenham, they are more than capable of seeing out an attacking storm. Daniel Sturridge and Trent Alexander-Arnold were denied by goalkeeper Nick Pope - standing in for the injured Tom Heaton - while Dominic Solanke hit the bar.

Sam Vokes feels his Wales colleague Ben Woodburn is ready for regular Premier League football with Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp ponders what to do without Sadio Mane against Burnley. In a lot of moments of this game you can not play better football than we did today but we didn't finish the situations with their goalkeeper making two outstanding saves.

Klopp's team dominated against Sean Dyche's side but another cheap goal against and another profligate display despite having 35 shots made it a third game without a win in all competitions for Liverpool.

"That's all good. We can change the system, we can do a lot of things".

It was exciting stuff at Anfield as both teams went for the victor and substitute Dominic Solanke's effort disappointingly hit the crossbar. Hesitation by centre-backs Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan allowed the ball to drop between them in the middle of the penalty area.

It's unbelievable just how much Deja vu one football team can cause but once again Liverpool pulled out their usual trick.

"I think Coutinho had a really good game, and a big impact on the game", said Klopp.