Jurgen Klopp was pleased with Liverpool's 'gritty' performance, as the Reds found a way to overcome a stubborn Burnley side, and earn the victory that moved them back to the top of the table.
With Manchester City defeating Everton in the early kick-off, Klopp and his players knew that a victory was needed, not only to return to the top of the table but also to put pressure back on City and Arsenal, in the race for the title.
Unfortunately, the Reds began this match in a similar fashion to last week's game at Arsenal, with a lack of energy and misplaced passes preventing the Reds from finding any rhythm, or creating any pressure on a Burnley side that has struggled on the road this season.
The Anfield crowd was playing their part - on a day when the club set a new league attendance record - but it took a goalkeeping error to hand Liverpool the lead. Burnley's young keeper, James Trafford (who has been excellent throughout the season), misjudged the flight of the ball from an Alexander-Arnold corner, allowing Diogo Jota to head into an empty net. That should have been the catalyst for the Reds to take control of the match, but instead, Burnley raised their game and leveled the match just before half-time.
The goal changed the mood inside Anfield, as Klopp had to re-think his half-time team talk. His plans were further complicated as Alexander-Arnold was unable to continue in the second half, after feeling an issue in his knee. With the squad already depleted through injury and illness, Klopp was forced to move Curtis Jones to right-back, with Harvey Elliott coming into midfield. It proved to be an inspired decision, a Elliott produced an excellent second-half display, setting up two goals, first for Luis Diaz, and then Darwin Nunez, as the Reds ground out the victory, and moved back to the top of the table.
Player of the Match
BBC Player of the Match - Diogo Jota
Liverpoolfc.com Player of the Match - Harvey Elliott
Sky Sports Player of the Match - Harvey Elliott
Liverpool 71% - 29% Burnley
Liverpool 25 - 9 Burnley
Shots on Target
Liverpool 10 - 4 Burnley
Liverpool 9 - 3 Burnley
Liverpool travel to Brentford next Saturday, with the match kicking off at 12.30pm. If the Reds secure another victory, they will put the pressure back on Manchester City, who play in the day.
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