Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explained the 3-1 victory over Burnley at the Turf Moor on Wednesday evening.
The first half ended goalless
but in the second half, the home team took the lead through Jack Cork’s goal after a scramble in the Liverpool box-18 that resulted in the opening goal.
It took James Milner eight minutes after the goal to restore parity before substitute Roberto Firmino put The Reds in front and Xherdan Shaqiri got the last goal for the away team.
Klopp explained the tactics used to grab the much needed three points in the bid to keep the pace with the league leader Manchester City who has previously won their game against Watford on Tuesday.
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Klopp said: "Always when Naby had the ball, at least something changed a little bit. We wanted to have positions to involve the players. To be honest, I don't blame anybody or criticise – I would if there would be something to criticise. But we all know Shaq can play much better – turn in situations, get the ball and be a bit more decisive. The only ones who really tried to do something was
Millie with runs in behind and Naby with the ball.
"Hendo shouldn't be involved in that – he had to protect all the runners. So Naby made all the difference in a lot of moments. I think his blocked shot was the biggest chance we had in the first half, I'm not 100 per cent sure but at least it looked like a proper chance; Burnley blocked it.
"In the second half, the one-two with Mo [Salah] was a good finish and a bit lucky in that moment for Burnley. In the beginning, it was really good and at the end. In the middle, we didn't use him – I was shouting, 'We have to use Naby!' because he was not involved, we played long ball and big switches. Naby was constantly played over. When he was involved, he was really good.”
Liverpool will take a trip to the Vitality Stadium to play AFC Bournemouth in their next Premier League game on Saturday.