Liverpool held as Burnley continues to defy the odds


"Even at start of the year when the fixtures came out, everyone thought, "Those first five are daunting", but we've taken that challenge on and we've got four points from the first two so we go to Anfield full of confidence".

If anyone in the Reds ranks possesses the magic to produce the required moment of brilliance to win a game, it's the Brazilian talisman.

Liverpool's 125th anniversary celebrations fell flat at Anfield where they completed a disappointing week by drawing 1-1 with Burnley in the Premier League yesterday.

Liverpool suffered a frustrating 1-1 home Premier League draw against Burnley at an anxious Anfield.

"You know they're going to have some efforts but if you keep them as far out as we kept them, as in distance from the goal, you know the stats say it's much harder to score from 30 yards than it is from six".

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And while that lead lasted only a few minutes - Mohamed Salah making it 1-1 at half-time - the Clarets defended superbly to stop Liverpool breaking through again before nearly pinching a famous win themselves through inspirational stand-in skipper Ben Mee in a breathless finish.

Danny Ings (knock) is also unlikely to feature although Klopp is sure to make some changes to the side which were held to a draw on Wednesday evening against Sevilla.

Coutinho returned for Liverpool on Wednesday in their 2-2 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League.

Today's match ended as one of the typically disappointing Liverpool games fans have come to nearly expect against smaller sides such as Burnley.

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton will be missing in the team Burnley. Liverpool continued to dominate and Burnley rediscovered their resilience to frustrate them. Sadio Mané was inevitably missed as he started a three-match suspension but with Philippe Coutinho making his first start of the campaign and Daniel Sturridge his second, the quality of the hosts' attack demanded a disciplined, concentrated reaction from the visitors. We played good, were fluent with seven changes, but only one goal.

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"We've got some great confidence from the away games we've had recently and the points we've picked up", Vokes added.

Phillip Couthino could return to the starting line up for the first time this season.

Liverpool's frailty in defense was exposed once more as Arfield finished calmly from the edge of the box in the 27th minute after the Reds twice failed to clear a long ball.

"Coutinho did well. He needs rhythm and was getting better as the game went on", Klopp said.

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