Klopp delighted with Liverpool comeback at 'aggressive' Burnley

Jurgen Klopp hit out at Burnley's physical approach as Liverpool were left with a major injury worry after battling back from a goal down to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season yesterday.

Burnley had a specific plan, to be really aggressive in their challenges and stuff like that, so each ball they won, even if it was a throw-in for us, helped them and obviously didn't help us mood-wise.

"Just try and get yourself ready for the next game, try to do your best and then after the season you will get judged, not during the season. That was it. The reaction from our supporters at the end showed me they are still very much with us and that display was more like the standards we know we're capable of". When the home side took a second-half lead it looked as though they might climb out of the bottom three and leave Liverpool five adrift of the leaders, but two goals in quick succession from James Milner and Roberto Firmino, plus another in stoppage time from Xherdan Shaqiri, rescued the situation. I knew it could be a bit rusty, that's how it is with a lot of changes, but now we are warm, used to it and we adjust a little bit. But with six or seven yards and then [slide], these times are over.

Sean Dyche felt there were signs of his Burnley side looking more like themselves against Liverpool.

"I thought there were some excellent challenges tonight".

The Liverpool manager said: "I don't regret it in a way that it should not have happened". You've got to put a marker on the game - not only with good tackles, but also with good play.

"The main thing for me was the idea of getting back to what we're about, there were signs of that and a lot of good individual performances".

"I think he is really fun, but I do not think it this time". But we've got to get back to being "us".

Speaking to Sport Bladet (as translated by Sport Witness), the Swede said: "If I'd been an Everton player, I'd have knocked him down, I think".

Klopp's big call was in making sweeping changes from Sunday's Merseyside derby win, giving Anfield match-winner Divock Origi his first Premier League start since May 14 2017.

Vanessa Coleman

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