Liverpool’s best-ever start to a Premier League season
Jurgen Klopp hailed his much-changed Liverpool side after they went a goal down against Burnley, with the Reds picking up a 3-1 win. The Reds currently have their best-ever start to a season in their Premier League stance.
It was Klopp’s tactical adjustments at half-time which catapulted Liverpool to victory at Turf Moor. After a goalless opening 45-minutes the visitors fell behind Jack Cork’s breakthrough.
At that point James Milner quickly levelled, substitute Firmino put Klopp’s men in front and Shaqiri sealed three points in the last minute.
Klopp admitted afterwards that getting Daniel Sturridge to play more centrally after the break was key to the outcome, as he said:
“The first half was just the start, we made life difficult for ourselves.”
“You saw it, Joel (Matip) had two or three passes where you could see he hasn’t played for a while. Alberto (Moreno) needed time, Div (Origi) needed time, Daniel (Sturridge) needed time, Shaq (Shaqiri) was not involved.
“And then we needed to change Milly (to left-back) and stuff like that.
“I was really happy for half-time, we could adjust a few things tactically. I told the boys I shouted a lot first half but I was not angry, I knew it would be a bit rusty. That’s how it is with a lot of changes.
“Finally after a few weeks break, our set-pieces are back!”
Speaking prior to the game, Klopp pointed out that “If somebody told me 15 years ago I could change seven positions and have a line-up like that, I would have said it was not possible.”
Shaqiri agrees, and believes the win at Burnley will give confidence to those who have found themselves on the fringes in recent weeks.
“Definitely,” he said. “It was a very important game, the coach said that to us. It gave a lot of players confidence to play this game and we managed it well.
The manager was critical of referee Stuart Attwell for allowing Burnley to tackle aggressively during Wednesday’s clash, and exchanged words with Clarets boss Sean Dyche at the final whistle – though both managers played down the incident.
Liverpool expect to learn the full extent of Joe Gomes’ ankle injury in the next 24 hours.
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