Liverpool frustrated by battling Burnley

Ross Houston
September 17, 2017

It was a tough chance for the 20-year-old, as the ball came to him at an awkward angle, and it turned out to be Liverpool's final genuine opportunity to take all three points from the match.

"They weren't brilliant chances for the amount of possession we had".

Liverpool celebrated the 125th anniversary of their first ever game with mosaics around Anfield and a roll-call of former luminaries but more contemporary problems re-emerged to douse the party spirit against Burnley. Burnley demonstrated their organisation and defensive mettle in both matches last season and this match is coming hot on the heels of Liverpool's Champions League matchup against Sevilla.

"It feels unusual, it feels wrong but it is a fact we drew", Klopp added.

As for the hosts, Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side are now 8th in the Premier League table with seven points from four games this season, coming off the back of two wins from their last three outings.

Sean Dyche's side nearly claimed all three points as they managed to gain some territory late on, with Ben Mee seeing powerful headers from consecutive corners cleared off the line in the final 10 minutes, first by Matip, then goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Burnley has picked up away points at three of last season's top-six teams, beating Chelsea on the opening day and drawing against Tottenham at Wembley. Chris Wood managed to get in the middle of the two Liverpool players and Klavan ended up on the ground while the game was stopped.

For Burnley, Nick Pope starts in goal (eventually) with Tom Heaton nursing a shoulder injury. Daniel Sturridge replaces Sadio Mane in the front three, with the Senegal worldwide serving the first of his three-match ban. I am sure on the global side it will be massive for Wales.

"That's a very important thing, so we have quite a good form or shape".

"This one goal, that's where we have to improve most, to switch the mood in being offensive, being offensive - do, do, do all the time - and then this one situation, a little block here and we missed Arfield, or forgot him, and he can score then".

Klopp gave Philippe Coutinho his first start of the season, and the Brazilian impressed as the hosts mustered a total of 35 shots in the game. After seeing Salah denied a penalty from a hefty Ben Mee challenge, he played on and crossed for substitute Dominic Solanke, who hit the crossbar while attempting to open his Liverpool account.

"Coutinho did well. He needs rhythm and was getting better as the game went on", Klopp said.

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