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Burnley 0-1 Liverpool: Reds avoided 'banana skin', says boss Jurgen Klopp

By Gary RoseBBC Sport
'Needed and delivered' - Klopp delighted after win in tricky conditions

Manager Jurgen Klopp was pleased to see his side overcome testing conditions and difficult opponents as Liverpool won at bottom-of-the-table Burnley to record a fourth consecutive Premier League victory.

In wind and rain at Turf Moor, Fabinho scored the game's only goal just before half-time, the midfielder stabbing the ball home from a corner.

"Everything was set up to be a banana skin for us," said Klopp.

"The balls in the air were so tricky to defend because the wind came from all directions. We played the circumstances rather than suffered from them."

Burnley, fighting for Premier League survival, had several good chances before Fabinho struck.

Josh Brownhill had a long-distance effort saved by Alisson, and January signing Wout Weghorst should have done better after racing through on goal.

Chances were few and far between in a scrappy second half although substitute Diogo Jota should have added a late second after a quick Liverpool break but shot wide.

"Most of their chances were offside but of course they had their moments, that is clear. They have quality but we dealt with it pretty well," Klopp added.

"We have to work incredibly hard and that is what the boys did. We made our shirts dirty. I am really happy because I know how difficult it is to come here. Absolutely satisfied."

The win means Liverpool are nine points behind leaders City with 14 games still to play, one more than their title rivals, who host the Reds in April.

Burnley remain bottom, seven points from safety.

Old guard return but Fabinho shines

Fabinho celebrates his goal against Burnley
Fabinho has scored his most goals in a season for Liverpool - six so far in all competitions

With Sadio Mane available again after helping Senegal win the Africa Cup of Nations, Klopp opted to restore the old guard and started with a front three of Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, with in-form Jota on the bench.

But in driving rain and a blustery wind, the visitors' attacking trio often struggled to make an impact, although Mane did play an important role in the breakthrough goal.

The forward got a crucial flick on Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner and Fabinho ran on to it, hitting a first-time strike that was blocked on the line before the Brazilian followed up the rebound to poke in.

The goal continued Fabinho's impressive recent run of scoring form - it was his fifth in his past seven games in all competitions.

It secured an important three points from a game in which the Reds could easily have slipped up, with Burnley having held Manchester United to a draw on Tuesday.

Encouraging display by Burnley but wins needed

Premier League table
Newcastle's win against Aston Villa means Burnley are now seven points from safety

A win against a side chasing leaders Manchester City who had lost just once since 20 November was always going to be a difficult task for Burnley, but despite the result this was another encouraging display by the Clarets.

A combination of good saves and poor finishing was the only reason the hosts were not ahead before Fabinho struck and although Weghorst should have done better with a finish on the break, the striker once again put in an impressive performance.

He did, however, limp off midway through the second half and the Clarets will be hoping it is nothing serious because with his strength and height in attack and Maxwel Cornet's creativity, Burnley have the tools to give themselves a fighting chance of staying up.

Dyche rues missed chances but 'a lot to be pleased with'

But Sean Dyche's side have managed just one win all season and unless that record changes soon they could be cut adrift.

"That was a good performance against top class opposition but we didn't take our chances," said Dyche.

"I was pleased with the performance. Sometimes you have to forget where you are in the table because that performance will lead to more."

Player of the match

FabinhoFabinho

with an average of 7.73

Burnley

  1. Squad number1Player namePope
    Average rating

    5.40

  2. Squad number9Player nameWeghorst
    Average rating

    5.37

  3. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski
    Average rating

    5.26

  4. Squad number14Player nameRoberts
    Average rating

    5.26

  5. Squad number20Player nameCornet
    Average rating

    5.18

  6. Squad number6Player nameMee
    Average rating

    5.07

  7. Squad number18Player nameWestwood
    Average rating

    5.03

  8. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez
    Average rating

    5.01

  9. Squad number17Player nameLennon
    Average rating

    4.99

  10. Squad number23Player namePieters
    Average rating

    4.97

  11. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil
    Average rating

    4.96

  12. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill
    Average rating

    4.90

  13. Squad number10Player nameBarnes
    Average rating

    4.78

Liverpool

  1. Squad number3Player nameFabinho
    Average rating

    7.73

  2. Squad number1Player nameAlisson
    Average rating

    7.66

  3. Squad number26Player nameRobertson
    Average rating

    7.63

  4. Squad number4Player namevan Dijk
    Average rating

    7.51

  5. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
    Average rating

    7.40

  6. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota
    Average rating

    7.39

  7. Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold
    Average rating

    7.38

  8. Squad number6Player nameThiago Alcántara
    Average rating

    7.34

  9. Squad number32Player nameMatip
    Average rating

    7.21

  10. Squad number10Player nameMané
    Average rating

    7.18

  11. Squad number9Player nameRoberto Firmino
    Average rating

    7.16

  12. Squad number8Player nameKeïta
    Average rating

    7.10

  13. Squad number14Player nameHenderson
    Average rating

    6.97

  14. Squad number7Player nameMilner
    Average rating

    6.68

Line-ups

Burnley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pope
  • 14Roberts
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 23Pieters
  • 17Lennon
  • 18Westwood
  • 8Brownhill
  • 20Cornet
  • 19RodriguezSubstituted forMcNeilat 62'minutes
  • 9WeghorstSubstituted forBarnesat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lowton
  • 4Cork
  • 10Barnes
  • 11McNeil
  • 13Hennessey
  • 16Stephens
  • 22Collins
  • 26Bardsley
  • 28Long

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 32Matip
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 14HendersonBooked at 27minsSubstituted forThiago Alcántaraat 59'minutes
  • 3Fabinho
  • 8KeïtaSubstituted forMilnerat 90+2'minutes
  • 11Salah
  • 9Firmino
  • 10ManéSubstituted forJotaat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Konaté
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 7Milner
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 20Jota
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 23Díaz
  • 62Kelleher
  • 67Elliott
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
21,239

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home7
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burnley 0, Liverpool 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burnley 0, Liverpool 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Burnley. Ben Mee tries a through ball, but James Tarkowski is caught offside.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. James Milner replaces Naby Keïta.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Naby Keïta (Liverpool).

  6. Post update

    Ashley Westwood (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Burnley. Ben Mee tries a through ball, but Dwight McNeil is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Connor Roberts.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Liverpool. Virgil van Dijk tries a through ball, but Andrew Robertson is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Burnley. Josh Brownhill tries a through ball, but Maxwel Cornet is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Robertson with a cross following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Ben Mee.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Josh Brownhill.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Joel Matip.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Ashley Barnes replaces Wout Weghorst because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fabinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Diogo Jota.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Liverpool. Andrew Robertson tries a through ball, but Roberto Firmino is caught offside.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Diogo Jota replaces Sadio Mané.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Liverpool. Andrew Robertson tries a through ball, but Trent Alexander-Arnold is caught offside.

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