Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Liverpool held as Burnley continues to defy the odds

Liverpool held as Burnley continues to defy the odds

Burnley's Scott Arfield celebrates scoring their first goal with Chris Wood and Robbie Brady.

Jurgen Klopp recalled Coutinho to the starting line-up, marking the Brazilian's return to league action following his transfer request last month amid a series of bids from Barcelona, and the Reds dominated, but goalkeeper Nick Pope played a key part in the visitors' resilient rear-guard action.

"I think in a lot of moments of the game, you can not play better football than we did today".

Liverpool drop to seventh in the table, behind Burnley who sit in sixth place with a better goal difference.

Coutinho was expected to shoulder the burden in the suspended Mane's absence, but it was Salah who stepped up to lead Liverpool's front line.

The home pressure came in waves late on but there were some raised eyebrows in the crowd when Coutinho was removed from the action with just over 10 minutes remaining on the clock and was replaced by Dominic Solanke.

In his first game in charge of the London club, they lost 0-1 to Southampton and became the first Premier League side to lose their first five games and fail to score.

Liverpool's problems defensively have been evident again this season and they do not look comfortable at all.

Klopp's side perhaps should have gone in ahead at the break when Daniel Sturridge couldn't control James Milner lob.

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Klopp explained: "I'm not happy, I'm angry with the result but pleased with the performance".

Burnley, who could even have poached a late victor through Ben Mee, got an unexpected point to add to the four they secured at Chelsea and Tottenham.

Clarets manager Sean Dyche said: "They made seven changes had some fresh faces".

"It's our fault. We were dominant, fantastic attitude".

However, after picking up seven points from a possible twelve in the Premier League this season, four of those points coming against last season's two top teams, the Clarets will have good reason to believe they can compete against anyone at present.

Liverpool were held as they failed make their dominance count, having had 35 shots and over 70 percent of possession.

"We have to take the point and carry on".

"He was different class. Heats gets the plaudits he deserves and we wish him well for his recovery", Arfield added.

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