Liverpool come through tough test at Burnley

Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri scores his side's third goal of the game against Burnley. AP

Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri scores his side's third goal of the game against Burnley. AP

Manager Jurgen Klopp's gamble of making seven changes, including leaving out his big guns up front, was ultimately justified but for more than an hour it looked like backfiring.

Klopp was involved in an heated exchange with opposite number Sean Dyche during the match, and the German feels that Burnley's approach to the game contributed to Gomez's injury.

"I said (to the officials) after the first challenge, I don't know who did it, but it was like a sliding challenge where the player came in from six or seven yards and gets the ball". I know that. It's part of football but it lead to the situation. You try something and you need someone to say "be careful".

Although a couple of tackles were borderline - for instance, when Phil Bardsley appeared to go over the top of the ball on Alberto Moreno - in the main Burnley just made sure they did not back out of any challenges and it had the desired effect as Liverpool could not settle. Somebody has to tell you to stop doing it, make two more steps and make a normal challenge.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane might miss the contest because the foot he cut Sunday during the Reds' win over Everton required stitches. You get the ball, nice, but it's like bowling.




But Liverpool hit back through James Milner, Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri.

"The challenges from the beginning on the wet ground, the referee should have said something earlier", Klopp told BBC Sport.

At right-back, Joe Gomez needed treatment after colliding with a perimeter fence when Ben Mee halted his run down the wing, eventually departing midway through the first half to cut short Trent Alexander-Arnold's evening of rest. I told the ref he needed to calm it down because the danger of injury is always there and we had to make a substitution of an really important player for us.

It means Liverpool remain second, cutting Manchester City's advantage at the summit to two points with a 12th victory of the campaign, and in the process posting the club's best start to a top flight season after 15 games. Bobby with that one, first touch, scored.

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