Thursday, 30 March, 2017

Jurgen Klopp impressed by Liverpool resolve as Reds win 'ugly' against Burnley

Klopp's title-winners at Dortmund had the same problem between 2010 and 2012 Klopp's title-winners at Dortmund had the same problem between 2010 and 2012
Jan Ortega | 13 March, 2017, 00:22

Liverpool have only bagged a top-four finish once in the past seven seasons but Klopp expects his current crop to take the next step following last term's disappointment and qualify for the Champions League. Many would tip Liverpool based on the fact they are the superior side on paper, but the way they have played against teams like Burnley this season does leave one sitting on the fence.

The home side struggled to break down the opponents, who were happy to sit back and hold onto the lead, which they managed until the very end of the half when Georginio Wijnaldum finished from close-range.

Since the start of the season, some seasoned pundits, notably The Herald's John Giles, have pointed out that Klopp's front-foot mentality can only work with better players and must have some kind of defensive platform to fall back on.

Daniel Sturridge is still unavailable for the reds.

Liverpool have only won two Premier League games this calendar year, against Tottenham and Arsenal, after drawing with both Manchester United and Chelsea since the turn of the year.

Despite having the worst away record again defeats have not always been by big margins and they have performed slightly better at the top 6 clubs.

The two clubs have met each other 70 times in all competitions, with Liverpool claiming 30 victories compared to Burnley's 22.

Just like at Turf Moor back in late summer, Liverpool had lots of the ball but did little with it as Burnley looked to counter with Andre Gray's pace. We have to prove it on the pitch.

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"If we want to stay where we are, then we need to win football games and we can't make the choice and say, "Yes or no we want to play this way".

"Burnley are a good team".

Burnley launched balls forward in the dying moments hoping that one would fall to a sky blue shirt but, when it eventually did, it was to the wrong man.

Liverpool consolidated fourth spot in the Premier League with a come-from-behind 2-1 home victory over Burnley. If not, Divock Origi will be eager to impress Klopp.

"We just tried to fight and do everything to win the game".

Make friends: Liverpool fans can head on over to The Liverpool Offside for full game coverage.

Sean Dyche (to the BBC on other teams' interest in Burnley players): "I've said many times it's that balance between people looking at your players and wondering where that will go, then equally the respect where it shows that people are taking Burnley seriously".

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