Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Liverpool player ratings: Liverpool v Burnley - Sep 16

Liverpool player ratings: Liverpool v Burnley - Sep 16

Liverpool takes on Burnley today in the English Premier League.

However, as fans begin to write off the Reds' Premier League title chances, maybe they'll have more luck in 2017-18?

The joy was short lived though, as Mohamed Salah scored a superb goal on the half-hour mark to level the game once again.

That strike stunned the home crowd into silence as Burnley threatened to spoil Liverpool's celebrations on the 125th anniversary of their first-ever match.

"We created a finishing situation often enough, it could have been more often but it was the best game against Burnley since I was here, not result wise but performance wise".

Jurgen Klopp's team have leaked ten goals this season, and come into this one off the back of a frustrating 2-2 Champions League draw with Sevilla.

Burnley have made a decent start to their campaign, taking seven points from their first four games, and Dyche will not want the injury to Heaton turn into a setback for his side. From successive Robbie Brady corners, the defender had headers cleared off the line by Joel Matip and well saved low by Simon Mignolet.

If one is being honest, this Liverpool side will win nothing.

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. With Vokes, Walters, Wood and Barnes there are plenty of options up top for Burnley should they need to change it up.

"That's a very important thing, so we have quite a good form or shape".

The tall striker beat Liverpool centrebacks Joël Matip and Ragnar Klavan in the air and flicked a header to Scott Arfield, who scored in the 27th minute.

Burnley's stubborn resistance left a dominant Liverpool frustrated on Philippe Coutinho's return to the Reds' starting line-up.

And as long as that remains the case, Liverpool will continue to promise much, but achieve little.

Dominic Solanke hit the crossbar late on, but Klopp felt a penalty could have been awarded when Salah went down in the box just before that.

Coutinho was replaced by Solanke after a sub-par performance, with U/20 World Cup player of the tournament nearly turning one point into three, but he contrived to hit the woodwork with the goal gaping as the match finished 1-1.

Klopp insisted he is optimistic about his side's chances of taking points from a hard run of games, saying: "Now we go to Leicester, Leicester again, then we go to Moscow and then Newcastle and if we can keep the shape and improve the other things, I think everybody has seen already we can be really strong".

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