Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Burnley draw feels 'strange' and 'wrong'


I think back to when Danny (Ings) was here, we were the only two strikers at the club. Very few teams will come here and dominate, we knew we would have to do the basics.

"Could Trent have won the first headed challenge?"

Burnley stood strong, but Liverpool's defensive frailties were highlighted again as Chris Wood bullied the two centre-backs and poked the ball in the direction of Arfield, who finished confidently into the bottom corner on the half volley on 27 minutes. He goes in between; it was a bouncing ball, they are quicker and they are more used to these situations, they do it more often. He hit the ball flawless, it was not even that he needed a few touches.

But just three minutes later Salah netted his third Premier League goal of the season, rifling low under Pope with a fierce low drive.

The pattern of play was established early on, with Liverpool enjoying near-total control of possession as they searched for ways through.

Liverpool will be without Sadio Mane for their Premier League clash with Burnley on Saturday, in what a big blow for the Reds.

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The Egypt worldwide controlled it with his left thigh, slicing between Stephen Ward and Tarkowski as he took a touch and cannoned his shot beyond Pope.

Despite enormous pressure, Burnley managed to reach the break with the score still at 1-1, but Liverpool's dominance continued into the second half.

But it is hard to blame the supporters for the anxiety when they repeatedly see matches like this under Klopp.

Stand-in Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope frustrated the hosts on several occasions and Dominic Solanke saw an effort hit the crossbar in the closing stages as the Clarets held out for a point. After being lauded for the 4-0 destruction of ten-man Arsenal, Liverpool tasted the other end of the spectrum when Manchester City knocked five past their ten men last weekend.

Liverpool's shortcomings at the back were placed under the microscope this week after conceding a lead in the midweek Champions League draw with Sevilla.

Having signed from Charlton last summer, the 25-year-old stopper will have much more time to prepare for his second appearance for the Clarets, but will face as stern a test as he's likely to come across this season.

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