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Burnley hold on to draw with Liverpool

Burnley hold on to draw with Liverpool

PRE-MATCH: Coutinho starts - The want-away Brazilian makes his first start of the season as Klopp makes SEVEN changes to the side that played mid-week.

The playmaker should fit into the spot vacated by Sadio Mane, suspended after his sending off in their 5-0 drubbing by Man City last weekend, manager Klopp suggested on Friday, according to the BBC.

Pope, relatively comfortable in the first half, looked less so in spilling Can's shot from the edge of area and the goalkeeper, jeered throughout the first half by Liverpool supporters for time wasting, was finally booked for the offence on 54 minutes.

He made several dazzling runs through Burnley's midfield and set up chances for Mo Salah and Daniel Sturridge.

DF Joel Matip, 6 - Made a vital clearance off the line late on but should have done better for Burnley's goal. They are better in these situations, they are more used to it and he hit the ball perfectly but we could have defended much better.

It looked like Van Dijk's switch from Southampton was merely a formality at the start of the summer, however, a threat of being reported to the Premier League over their approach for the Dutchman forced Liverpool to apologise and cool their interest.

In their opening three away fixtures against Chelsea, Tottenham and the Reds, Burnley are unbeaten - picking up five points. Very few teams will come here and dominate, we knew we would have to do the basics.

"You know what, this is the English league we're on about and he [Matip] has to be stronger".

"I think Mo said at half-time that he didn't feel the first one was a penalty, I think the guy did well to get a block in, but he came in at the end of the game and he's adamant that the second one's a penalty", the left-back continued.

"He delivered a very, very good performance (against Palace) in a tough game, an awkward game for us".

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is hopeful Hendrick will be fit to play a part in the Clarets' clash on Merseyside after he took a full part in training on Thursday. It's our fault. We were dominant, fantastic attitude.

Coutinho was replaced by Solanke after a sub-par performance, with U/20 World Cup player of the tournament nearly turning one point into three, but he contrived to hit the woodwork with the goal gaping as the match finished 1-1.

"For patches that worked, but generally it is about shape, discipline and belief in how you can defend properly. Grabara had to make one or two good saves but that's football".

Midfielder James Milner subsequently stayed on as Roberto Firmino and Coutinho made way for Dominic Solanke and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. What I need to do is to work hard and to always do my best to help the team.

"We have to take the point and carry on".