Ragnar Klavan the unlikely hero as Liverpool beat Burnley in injury time
Premier League, Turf Moor – Burnley 1 (Gudmundsson 88) Liverpool 2 (Mane 61, Klavan 90+4)
Ragnar Klavan scored deep into injury time for Liverpool as they beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor despite missing a number of key names.
Burnley thought they had snatched a draw when Johann Berg Gudmundsson netted a late equaliser to cancel out Sadio Mane’s stunning opener, but Liverpool stole all three points when Klavan headed in at the back post three minutes into stoppage time.
The visitors were hampered by injuries to Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho and top goalscorer Mohamed Salah, while Roberto Firmino was named as a substitute. Jurgen Klopp made seven changes in total from the side that beat
Leicester only 48 hours earlier, and his selection gamble was almost punished.
Liverpool remain fourth with victory but are level on points with third-placed
Manchester United ahead of their match at Everton later on Monday. Meanwhile, Burnley, who are now on a five-game winless streak, remain seventh.
Liverpool win without Coutinho – and was it really necessary to drop Firmino?
The Reds struggled for large parts of the game, but this victory will give them belief that they can win without their Brazilian playmaker, should the worst happen and he does complete his move to the Camp Nou during the January transfer window. With games coming thick and fast over the festive period, including two in 48 hours, rotation is a must, but was it really necessary for Klopp to rest Firmino, with Coutinho and Salah missing?
MAN OF THE MATCH
Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley): The Icelandic winger caused Liverpool all kinds of problems in the wide areas with his movement, direct running and pace. He grabbed a deserved goal, but it wasn’t enough.