Klavan grabs late victor for Liverpool at Burnley

  • Klavan grabs late victor for Liverpool at Burnley

Klavan grabs late victor for Liverpool at Burnley

The Reds went ahead through Sadio Mane in the 61st-minute before the Clarets struck back through Johann Gudmundsson with only three minutes remaining.

Virgil van Dijk has been the defensive headline-spinner this week, but on New Year's Day, it was Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan that combined to alter the narrative at Burnley. We did brilliant, the weather made it so hard, windy, rainy, ' said Klopp after the game. It took a while to score and then the next two goals were very similar.

Liverpool dominated possession as the first half wore on but without Coutinho's quick-thinking creativity in midfield they struggled to break Burnley down.

"It was a deserved three points and if people say [otherwise], I don't care".

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana makes his first start of the season as Liverpool travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley. It's not easy at this time, and the whole team applauded Sadio Mane when he came in because we needed that goal.

Liverpool had scored 30 goals in eight away games in all competitions before this clash, but found Burnley more stubborn opposition. Salah, Coutinho, Firmino and Mane have scored 58 of Liverpool's 77 goals this season.

Back-to-back 2-1 wins have helped Liverpool strengthen their grip on fourth place and put some pressure on the teams above them, despite Klopp making a host of changes in the last two matches. A fantastic finish to the game.

Given the exacting challenge to secure a top-four finish again this season with Arsenal and Tottenham now outside the Champions League places with Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool behind a record-breaking Manchester City side, it is afternoons like these that become decisive. It was not fantastic football but it was a fantastic attitude.