Liverpool did the honourable factor and picked up three factors from a doubtlessly sticky encounter with Burnley, with various gamers coming away with credit score.
Liverpool 3-1 Burnley
Premier League (23), Anfield
February 10, 2024
Objectives: Jota 31′, Diaz 52′, Nunez 79′; O’Shea 45′
Liverpool have been in severe want of a response following the frustration of final weekend, and at first, it didn’t look as if we’d essentially get one.
Burnley grew in confidence as the primary interval wore on and have been good worth for his or her equaliser on the stroke of half-time.
Vincent Kompany caught to his much-maligned ideas as his aspect seemed to trigger us issues, however they have been equally able to stifling Liverpool as they seemed to carve out openings early on.
Finally, Burnley are already getting ready for all times within the Championship, however the Reds made them look greater than enough once they didn’t significantly must.
Forwards nonetheless firing in Mo’s absence
Mohamed Salah hasn’t pulled on a Liverpool shirt since New 12 months’s Day, however Jurgen Klopp‘s attacking gamers haven’t let him down within the meantime.
Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez all received on the scoresheet and that’s now 22 objectives in eight video games for the reason that Egyptian has been away.
One can solely assume Salah seems like a caged animal in the intervening time, making the entrance three a daunting prospect when he will be added again in.
Elliott shines off the bench once more
Quietly, Harvey Elliott is having a vastly spectacular season regardless of having been predominantly utilised as a squad participant for almost all up to now.
The 20-year-old was launched for the still-returning Trent Alexander-Arnold on the interval and was concerned in all the things constructive the Reds produced going ahead.
Many will rightly level out that he deserves extra begins, however the competitors for locations and his capability to make such an instantaneous influence off the bench makes him a great candidate when modifications should be made.
With Dominik Szoboszlai set to be out for the following few weeks, it will be no shock if Elliott is knocking on the supervisor’s workplace door subsequent week.
Struggling on the harm entrance
Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s withdrawal on the break – having been a pre-planned substitute on the Emirates – was an comprehensible trigger for concern amongst supporters.
He was maybe pressured to prematurely return to the beginning XI in opposition to Arsenal because of the absence of Conor Bradley.
However counting on Curtis Jones to fill in at right-back for 45 minutes wasn’t a great resolution for a aspect making a title push in February.
Klopp doesn’t appear to assume it’s a severe problem, so we will have to attend and see how that develops.
Issues had been wanting up on the health entrance in current weeks, however the rigours of competing in 4 competitions seem like displaying and we may do with getting a bit extra luck within the coming months.
Endo restores midfield stability
The return of Wataru Endo from the Asian Cup posed various questions concerning the quick way forward for the midfield.
Alexis Mac Allister has been imperious within the No. 6 place whereas the Japan captain was away in Qatar, however the truth Endo slotted straight again in reveals the regard by which he’s held by the supervisor.
As a substitute, Mac Allister was given the liberty to precise himself additional up the pitch and the World Cup winner seemed in his aspect as a extra conventional centre-midfielder.
Klopp has choices at his disposal and that can solely improve when Szoboszlai makes his full return.