Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Burnley is obviously cause for celebration, as are the incredible performances we saw from Harvey Elliott, Diogo Jota, Kostas Tsimikas, as well as all the usual suspects. Unfortunately, the silver lining of the victory has to come with its own grey cloud: Jurgen Klopp won’t be wearing his iconic glasses anymore because he got his vision corrected. Still, it’s important to focus on the positive, even in the darkest of times, so here’s what the boss had to say about the second match of the season, and the first one at a full-capacity Anfield.
“Everybody was really looking forward to this football festival, to this game, and I think nobody leaves this place today with any kind of disappointment because I think all of our dreams were fulfilled today, atmosphere-wise,” Klopp told the club’s official site. “That was, for sure, the best 12:30 pm atmosphere we had. It was pretty special, really special. How the game was as well, pretty special, because Burnley are Burnley – and Burnley cause you problems. And Burnley caused us problems. Obviously, the new idea about football, let the game flow more or whatever, I think we will talk about that quite frequently over the year, but we won the game. We played a good game, we scored two, could have scored more.”
Beyond the two goals was the fact that Liverpool (once again) maintained a clean sheet, largely down to some excellent saves from Alisson.
“Yes, needed Ali in moments as well, even when the best save he had was offside before, but it was anyway a sensational save,” Klopp added. “Harvey was [also] part of this performance. Everybody wants to talk to me about Harvey and I understand absolutely – when an 18-year-old boy plays such a mature game I can understand why everyone was asking, but I was not surprised he played like this. That is exactly how he has trained now for six or seven weeks since we are back, since he is back from loan. Yes, it was good.”
Liverpool are back again next weekend against Chelsea.