Reds come from behind to beat Burnley
- Author: Angelo Rivera Mar 13, 2017,
Mar 13, 2017, 0:19
Emre Can completed Liverpool's comeback against Burnley on Sunday, clinching a 2-1 victory to consolidate fourth place in the Premier League. For Burnley, something all too familiar. This would be another ginormous achievement by Sean Dyche, who has unapologetically crafted a team with a direct style that has discomfited opponents all season long.
The result may have flattered Liverpool, but at least they could take solace from the fact that they responded after going a goal down. It took a stoppage time Fernando Llorente victor to deny them a point at the Liberty Stadium in their last outing and they snatched a point away at Hull in the match before that. Liverpool now lie on fourth place, and a victory over Burnley will help them inch closer to Manchester City.
Burnley, to their credit, stuck to their gameplan and might have come away with something from this match were it not for some resolute defending from Joël Matip and decisive play from Mignolet in goal.
It meant Burnley had scored with their first three shots on target against Liverpool this term, and this game appeared to be following the pattern of the Turf Moor encounter when Klopp's side enjoyed 80 per cent possession but managed just two shots on target in 26 attempts.
Can make five clearances and no other Liverpool player made more tackles that the Germany intentional of Turkish origin according to Whoscored.
Liverpool lost to Burnley, a team hovering around that relegation zone, at the Turf Moor back in August. He felt something after the game and until now this week, he couldn't train. "They have a great chance of getting into the top four, but they do have to overcome this style problem". Liverpool, with Philippe Coutinho particularly poor, scarcely resembled the all-conquering force of earlier this season. He had been arguably Liverpool's least effective player but helped fashion the equaliser and would go on to lay on Can's victor. "I thought first half they bullied the Liverpool centre halves". He offered encouragement previous year but has seemed to regress this season. Predict the score for this match and the rest of this round's Premier League fixtures in our Predictor game.
It is safe to say he took a while to adjust to starting again. Origi was dominated in the air by Burnley's centre-backs. Heaton was beaten from a long way out by Can for the victor, but he may well have been unsighted, as he was for Wijnaldum's goal.
Klopp's side are still without the services of Adan Bogdan, Danny Ings, Jordan Henderson, and Daniel Sturridge, and Roberto Firmino has also now become a concern.
He added that Brazilian "doesn't usually moan a lot" but that the club "hope he should be okay" and will be "part of training" for City.
Image: Ashley Barnes in action against Liverpool.
Playing a forward duo had other benefits.
Burnley starting line-up: Heaton; Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Boyd, Barton, Hendrick, Arfield; Gray, Barnes.
"It was hard in the beginning especially because they scored a goal in the first few minutes,"Wijnaldum said". Only two of their 31 points have been on the road, although one was recorded at Old Trafford.