Coutinho and Liverpool frustrated as Burnley punish dodgy defence

Sam Vokes

GETTY Sam Vokes is battling Chris Wood Ashley Barnes Nahki Wells and Jon Walters for a place

Liverpool play host to Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Klopp pinpointed his side's finishing as the main negative of the day, but felt referee Roger East blundered when he failed to award Mohammed Salah a penalty after he went down under pressure with Liverpool pressing for a winning goal.

Klopp has come under criticism for what was dubbed his "Virgin van Dijk or no-one" policy regarding a new central defender, Southampton's refusal to deal with Liverpool ensuring Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip remain his favoured options.

The Burnley boss, as well as goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer, have seen Pope take strides in his game since joining from Charlton in the summer of 2016, despite limited action on the pitch.

Klopp lamented Liverpool's inability to come away with all the three points.

Frank continued to hammer the defence and goalkeepers now at Klopp's disposal before suggesting that the time had come to part ways with the German.

Having said that, everything was not off for the playmaker.

"We all know the extent to which Tom's professionalism goes, and he's as good as it gets".

The man of the night. "Nick Pope's been working with some top-class keepers and he's been improving all the time".

Is Mane sign-able? The 25-year-old Senegalese star is under contract at Anfield until 2021.

Guardiola's side has scored 15 goals in three matches since the worldwide break, following 5-0 and 4-0 wins over Liverpool and Feyernood respectively.

The striker, who hit double figures to finish that season as the club's leading scorer, feels that he's grown as a player since that moment. Pope was solid and kept out everything brilliantly apart from Mohamed Salah's goal.

Not a good place to be in.

His lay-off found Arfield, whose crisp shot rocked a Liverpool side dominating the contest.

"You build a team from the back, mate".

While that call seems a little premature, it must be noted that Manchesters United and City are still 100% at the start of the season. That in and of itself is another familiar theme, but just because Liverpool is in a rut, it doesn't mean that I have to fall in to it with them; it's too early in the season for that, isn't it? Besides, Klopp used most of his attacking options last night and yet things did not work which might suggest that its perhaps time for him to alter his system.

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