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Liverpool Boss Klopp: Burnley Draw Is Our Fault

Kristopher Love | 17 September, 2017, 18:33

They failed to clear the ball and Scott Arfield produced a superb half-volley for his first goal in 11 months.

The end result of 1-1 saw the Clarets take another point. It's only good for the squad with people training harder and working harder every day. "It could have been more often, of course, because with one better decision here or there then we would have had a few more".

"I feel a lot more confident at this level", he said. Nearly created a late victor with a fine run and terrific cross to the back post, but Alexander-Arnold's shot was well saved by the keeper.

And from there, it was all Liverpool, but also no Liverpool. Today was the weekly Jurgen Klopp news conference and he used the opportunity to justify both his current defenders and the transfer window agenda.

Need for defensive overhaul? Yet, what remains worrisome is that the defence was rarely tested by Burnley, and on the rare occasions when they were, they made a huge mess of things.

Teenage fullback Trent Alexander-Arnold came close early, dragging an effort wide before seeing a teasing cross blocked by Robbie Brady. This provided Arfield with a one-on-one against Simon Mignolet, which he managed to keep away. Anfield aggressively pursued Southampton's Virgil van Dijk, but got derailed by a tapping up incident.

Yet to make an impact this season.

Fortunately their lead didn't last long. Granted, it was his first start this season but his attempts were extremely shoddy and simply unlike his usual self.

The Brazilian global Coutinho had been linked with a move to Barcelona during the summer and the Catalan giants reportedly had a number of bids rejected for the player, including one that was worth £138 million. There were instances where he showed that his understanding with the rest of the frontmen was still intact. Jürgen Klopp will expect to see a reply from his Liverpool team and put that game behind them.

The man of the night.

A week on from making his Premier League debut, Pope made his first ever start in the top flight, replacing the injured Tom Heaton, who has had surgery on a dislocated shoulder.

This won't be the last time Liverpool dominate a match, only to be undermined by shoddy defending.

And so their sole goal came from Salah.

From that moment, it looked as though Liverpool would push on and claim the three points. "They had two headers after that", added Klopp.

It is going to take an exceptional team to bring City down.

They were unlucky, perhaps, not to see a late flurry of chances produce a winning goal, but by the final whistle, Anfield regulars were left asking the usual questions.

Jurgen Klopp's anguished shout of 'why?' on the touchline said it all but he is not alone in wondering why his backline appear incapable of basic functions.

"More options, that's all good".