Jurgen Klopp made seven changes to the side that beat Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday but he’ll be thankful at least seven players were able to walk away from Turf Moor unscathed after some crunching challenges from the home side.
Despite going a goal behind ten minutes after the interval, Liverpool stepped up a gear and thanks to goals from James Milner, Roberto Firmino, and Xherdan Shaqiri, the Reds walked away with all three points – keeping leaders Manchester City on their toes.
Here’s a look at four things we learned from the bruising battle.
4. Liverpool Have Strength in Depth
To make seven changes and still walk – or limp in this case – away with three points is testament to the work Jurgen Klopp has done at Liverpool in creating an excellent squad around the first eleven.
Klopp annoyed fantasy football fans everywhere by resting Salah and Firmino for the fixture but did bring them both on later in the second half – the latter scoring with his very first touch just three minutes after coming on, whilst the Egyptian was only on the pitch for half an hour but created the most chances (3) and assisted Xherdan Shaqiri’s late goal.
3. Shaqiri Is Pushing to Be a Regular Starter
It was another good performance from the Swiss international, and he capped it off with an injury time strike to seal all three points for the away side.
The winger managed the whole 90 minutes at Turf Moor for only the second time in Liverpool shirt since October when the Reds beat Huddersfield 1-0.
Given his performances of late, Jurgen Klopp might consider making him a regular starter moving forward.
2. Burnley Are Very Physical
Burnley set the tone for the evening right from the off with some tasty challenges. For the vast majority of the game the strong tackles were legal, if not a little disconcerting, particularly for Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp was less than impressed with the Clarets’ tenacious tackling in this bruising encounter labeling Sean Dyche’s side as ‘aggressive.’ With that said, Burnley are fighting for their Premier League lives at the moment, and their tough style of play is what has kept the Clarets in England’s top flight for so long.
After the match, Dyche pointed out that he felt like his side had finally got back to ‘playing like us’. Burnley will need to take heart from their performance and use it for weaker opposition to get some points on the board.
1. Virgil Van Dijk Is Good in Both Boxes
Virgil van Dijk’s towering presence in the Liverpool defence alongside Alisson in goal for the Reds has done wonders for a back line that was questionable last season.
He was solid at the back for Liverpool all game but it was his work at the other end of the field that made headlines, grabbing an assist for Liverpool’s second goal.