Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss unhappy with Burnley tackling

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss unhappy with Burnley tackling

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss unhappy with Burnley tackling

Jürgen Klopp revealed tactical adjustments at half-time were the catalyst for Liverpool's 3-1 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.

"They wanted to be aggressive".

"The referees have to make sure it doesn't happen".

Although a couple of tackles were borderline - for instance, when Phil Bardsley appeared to go over the top of the ball on Alberto Moreno - in the main Burnley just made sure they did not back out of any challenges and it had the desired effect as Liverpool could not settle.

Klopp's decision to make seven changes from the Merseyside derby victory over Everton nearly backfired until goals from James Milner, substitute Roberto Firmino with his first touch, and Xherdan Shaqiri sealed a comeback win after Jack Cork had given the hosts the lead early in the second-half. Aggression is a part of football.

The hosts had the ball in the net as half-time approached, but Ashley Barnes' fine first-time 18-yard volley into the top corner from Robbie Brady's free-kick was correctly ruled offside.

Liverpool fell behind but within 15 minutes they were in front, Van Dijk playing a key role in their victor.

"I thought there were some excellent challenges tonight".

This time around, he has been shunted between that false nine role and a number ten role, which does not really suit his direct style or get him close enough to goal.

"The main thing for me was the idea of getting back to what we're about, there were signs of that and a lot of good individual performances". I told the ref he needed to calm it down because the danger of injury is always there and we had to make a substitution of an really important player for us.

James Milner put Liverpool back on level terms eight minutes later, rifling a low bouncing shot from the edge of the box into the bottom corner past an unsighted Joe Hart in the Burnley goal. We controlled the game in a lot of moments, but in all the moments where we gave Burnley the chance to have a proper tackle and stuff like that, then it didn't look that cool.

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

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