Liverpool 1-1 Burnley

Eduardo Berizzo

Eduardo Berizzo

Following a 5-0 defeat at Manchester City last weekend, Liverpool have now dropped five points over the course of their last two Premier League games and are five points off top spot in the league standings. Sean Dyche, meanwhile, can reflect on yet another impressive point on the road.

The Reds chose to appoint Klopp as Brendan Rodgers successor in October 2015 after a disappointing start to the Premier League campaign.

Coutinho was one of seven changes made by manager Jurgen Klopp from the team that drew 2-2 against Sevilla in midweek.

There was a frustrating lack of quality at key moments from the hosts, and their best chance to take the lead before the hour mark came when Can fizzed a fearsome shot from 20 yards that Pope could only parry away-a well-positioned James Tarkowski mopped up the ball. But Dyche shouldn't have anxious because, as Burnley tend to do and already showed at Chelsea and Tottenham, they are more than capable of seeing out an attacking storm.

Coutinho marked his return with a long-range attempt over the crossbar, while Pope made up forspilling Can's low drive by making a fine stop on Sturridge's strike.

An unusually timid home performance from Burnley resulted in victory but at a cost.

The wide midfielder cut in from the right and took a shot from distance but found Simon Mingolet alert in the Liverpool goals.

"They weren't brilliant chances for the amount of possession we had".

Despite vast pressure, Burnley managed to reach the break with the score still at 1-1, but Liverpool's dominance continued into the second half.

Sadio Mané begins his suspension while Nathaniel Clyne (muscular) and Adam Lallana (thigh) remain sidelined with long-term injuries.

Jurgen Klopp said he was finding it hard to take positives from the 1-1 draw with Burnley at Anfield on Saturday. Dean Marney (knee) and Nahki Wells (ankle) will both also be unavailable while Jeff Hendrick (thigh) faces a race to be fit in time for selection. Oh my, Liverpool are denied by the woodwork!

His raw pace and direct way of playing is both simplistic and handsome, causing a host of problems for any defender standing in his way.

"I think Coutinho had a really good game, and a big impact on the game", said Klopp.

And despite the German's protestations, the Clarets provided more evidence for the case against the defence.

Klopp's side came close to finally taking the lead in the closing stages.

"They have to build; maybe Adam can start running this week or the beginning of next week", said Klopp, sounding optimistic. Obviously fortune didn't wear a Liverpool shirt today.

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