Liverpool hot on City’s heels after James Milner sparks fightback at Burnley

Liverpool hot on City’s heels after James Milner sparks fightback at Burnley

This is already the best start to a league season in Liverpool's 126-year history, and extending it on the South Coast would be the ideal way for Klopp's team to prepare for their crunch Champions League date with Napoli next week.

'Of course football managers can question whatever they like but I don't think they can reinvent the rules.

Seven changes seemed a surprise from the Liverpool boss, however the vast majority of Premier League teams did make rotation the mid-week keyword.

After a fairly uninspiring first half for both teams, the Clarets went ahead ten minutes after the break through Cork, who bundled the ball into the back of the net following a kerfuffle in the six-yard box in which a host of Burnley players were battling to get the ball past keeper Alisson.

The sour note from Wednesday's 3-1 win at Burnley came in the form of an ankle injury suffered by Joe Gomez.

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"The referees have to make sure it doesn't happen". There was nothing to say: 'Wow, too much.' They were normal challenges. "Just be careful. Sliding six or seven yards to win the ball, these times are over and somebody needs to tell you to stop doing it". I thought some of the timing of the challenges were superb tonight. Liverpool's clean sheet against Everton was their third straight game with a clean sheet and ninth of the season.

When the home side took a second-half lead it looked as though they might climb out of the bottom three and leave Liverpool five adrift of the leaders, but two goals in quick succession from James Milner and Roberto Firmino, plus another in stoppage time from Xherdan Shaqiri, rescued the situation.

Liverpool fell behind but within 15 minutes they were in front, Van Dijk playing a key role in their victor. You've got to, you know, put a marker on the game - not only with good tackles, but also with good play. "Milly was outstanding anyway, really good performance especially physically, scored that one". He read Alexander-Arnold's set-piece perfectly to set up Firmino for a simple finish and the centre-back was a titanic presence at the back, as well as using possession well.

"We wanted to change when we were 1-0 down and we changed at 1-1 because it was clear, we had to try and win the game".

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