It looked like another horrific result at Turf Moor. In a previous season, it probably would have been.
Liverpool showed, to borrow a phrase from a past manager, great character to come back from a goal behind to beat Burnley. An increased tempo, as well as Klopp’s changes, swung the game back in the away side’s favour. The side were clearly dominant over a Burnley team that showed flashes, and ultimately a composed performance won the day. And the manager was clearly pleased over another good day at the office.
“The first half was just a start”, Klopp told journalists after the win. “We made our lives difficult for ourselves. Burnley had this specific plan - they wanted to be really aggressive. I was really happy we could go into half-time and adjust a few things.
“We controlled the game in a lot of moments. The second half was the perfect reaction and I’m really happy about the three points.”
Of course, the one sour note was that of the injury Joe Gomez picked up. Joe is injured and probably not only a little bit”, the manager added.
“We have to see tomorrow. It’s ankle, yes”.
James Milner, goalscoring midfielder turned brief left back in this game, added that “the character we showed after going behind, to come back in that fashion is what we expect from this team.
“It was really tough but we showed the character of this team and these are performances you need.”
As Klopp mentioned, the first half was not particularly impressive from a Liverpool perspective. Domination of the ball just wasn’t translating into domination of the chances. When Burnley went a goal ahead early in the second half, it was hard to be too surprised. Still, Liverpool forced the game in their favour, and superior talent did win in the end.
All while giving half the team a rest. Good work, boys.