Friday, 20 October, 2017

EPL: Brave Burnley draw Liverpool

Liverpool vs Burnley Prediction, Lineups Preview [Premier League 17/18 Week 5] Jeff Hendrick in line for return to action at Anfield
Kristopher Love | 17 September, 2017, 08:34

Liverpool celebrated the 125th anniversary of their first ever game with mosaics around Anfield and a roll-call of former luminaries but more contemporary problems re-emerged to douse the party spirit against Burnley. He hit the ball flawless, it was not even that he needed a few touches.

Mohamed Salah quickly cancelled out Scott Arfield's 27th minute opener, but the Reds could not complete the comeback despite enjoying complete domination. Yes", Klopp admitted. "Then the block on Joel, it's hard to do better because the defender can not do it exactly the same because then it's a foul.

However, since then despite practically appearing dominant by returning to play Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool looked barren in finishing the final chances.

Coutinho played most of the game at Anfield on Saturday but was unable to help the Reds make the breakthrough and win the game as they dropped more points. His second was saved at close range by the Liverpool goalkeeper with Anfield enraged by a warning unheeded. Regardless, he was thrown into the starting lineup on Saturday and continues to look off the pace.

Coutinho looking like Coutinho again in the opening minutes of this game. "Obviously the crowd needs to get a little bit used to his style of play but this is modern football; he takes the ball and he has cool build-up". I saw everything, but I didn't see them too often scoring.

His invention in the centre of the park would be needed without Sadio Mane, who served the first part of his three-match ban for his risky challenge on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson at the Etihad a week earlier.

Coutinho was expected to shoulder the burden in the suspended Mane's absence, but it was Salah who stepped up to lead Liverpool's front line.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still waiting for his first start as a Liverpool player. Made countless blocks as Liverpool failed to find a way past the man mountain. Liverpool's defence is not good enough.

The 31-year-old was taken off in the 36th minute after being treated on the pitch for several minutes.

Ex-Charlton star Nick Pope, who joined Burnley in 2016 from Charlton Athletic, replaced Heaton at Turf Moor for the rest of the game, and it was confirmed at the end of the game that Heaton was due for surgery.

Jurgen Klopp said he was finding it hard to take positives from the 1-1 draw with Burnley at Anfield on Saturday.

The goals opened up what had been a tight affair with Salah, twice, and Sturridge testing Pope with low shots that were comfortably dealt with.