Liverpool beat Burnley 2-0 in the first game back at Anfield in full capacity. The match was much harder for the title challengers than the football scores would suggest. Jurgen Klopp suggested that the refereeing in recent times has been very soft and compared some of the tackling to wrestling.
Burnley caused Liverpool all sorts of problems but it was the clinical Diogo Jota who put the hosts ahead in the 18th minute. He got between two defenders and at the end of a Kostas Tsimikas cross to head home. Mohammad Salah then had a goal ruled out for offside by VAR just before halftime. Sadio mane eventually put the game to bed with a good finish after a brilliant team move.
Liverpool: Alisson (7), Alexander-Arnold (9), Matip (7), Van Dijk (8), Tsimikas (8), Henderson (7), Keita (7), Mane (8), Jota (7), Elliott (7), Salah (7).
Subs: Thiago (n/a), Firmino (n/a), Gomez (n/a).
Burnley: Pope (6), Lowton (7), Mee (6), Tarkowski (6), Taylor (7), Gudmundsson (6), Brownhill (6), Cork (6), McNeil (7), Barnes (6), Wood (7).
Subs: Rodriguez (n/a), Pieters (n/a).
Man of the match: Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp “We always had to be ready for a proper fight and we were today. You saw these challenges with Barnes and Wood and Virgil and Joel. I’m not 100 percent sure if [officials] are going in the right direction with these decisions. It’s like we’re going 10 to 15 years backward. The rules are like they are, but you cannot defend these situations. That’s how it makes the game really tricky.”
Burnley boss Sean Dyche: “I think the way we affected the game was good, particularly in the first half. I was pleased with that. We should have had a penalty in my opinion. In the middle of the pitch, it’s a foul but for some reason when it’s Burnley we don’t get them when they are in the box. We’ll see if that balances itself out – but it’s been six years and it hasn’t.”
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