Liverpool frustrated by battling Burnley


Stop if you've heard this one before.

"I don't want to ignore that they had two headers at the end of the game; that would have been typical a little bit for us if they would have scored in these situations".

Craig Burley says Liverpool lack a desirable centre-back pairing, but Jurgen Klopp needs to pick one and work with it. Their aims for the season could well be plunged into doubt as a result of continued schoolboy errors.

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.

It's Scott Arfield with a thumping low volley which gives Burnley the lead!

Three minutes after finding themselves 1-0 down, Can dispatched a delightful ball over the top from inside his own half for Mohamed Salah to contest.

However this weekend was far less of an anomaly, in fact it was the complete status quo as Liverpool failed to beat a team most people would expect them to beat.

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

In a scene that was very reminiscent of the frustrations Liverpool suffered last season, the Reds dropped points at home on Saturday.

But in what was Coutinho's first start of the season for Liverpool, the midfielder was substituted by Jurgen Klopp with his side desperately pursuing a victor against Burnley at Anfield.

Coutinho attempted to force through a transfer to Barcelona during the summer but was afforded a kind reception from the home fans. Regardless, he was thrown into the starting lineup on Saturday and continues to look off the pace. He didn't play the ball.

"It was clear before the season there would be moments when [Mane] can not or should not play".

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope said: "We were really resilient and defended really well".

In their opening three away fixtures against Chelsea, Tottenham and the Reds, Burnley are unbeaten - picking up five points.

Wood, who justified his club record signing by scoring in each of his first two EPL matches for Burnley, didn't manage a shot on goal at Anfield.

Substitute Solanke then hit the woodwork from inside the six-yard box with four minutes to go after Salah had been felled in the penalty area.