Jurgen Klopp singles out Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane in dramatic Burnley victory
Mane put Liverpool in front with a superb strike in the 61st minute, but when Johann Gudmundsson equalised with just three minutes of normal time left it seemed the Reds would be made settle for a point.
But, up popped Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan at the death to combine in the box and steal a 94th-minute winner at Turf Moor.
Klopp was delighted with the battling performance and made special mention of goalscorer Mane and Lallana, who completed 86 minutes for the first time this season.
‘A very difficult game, thee fixtures are really difficult to take. We did brilliant, the weather made it so hard, windy, rainy,’ said Klopp after the game.
Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures
Everton (H) – Fri Jan 5 (FA Cup)
Man City – Sun Jan 14
Swansea (A) – Mon Jan 22
Huddersfield (A) – Tues Jan 30
Tottenham (H) – Sun Feb 4
Southampton (A) – Sun Feb 11
Porto (A) – Wed Feb 14 (Champions League)
West Ham (H) – Sat Feb 24
‘Burnley are dong well, we denied them to do what they usually like to do. It took a while to score and then the next two goals were very similar.
‘Did we deserve to win? I don’t care. We got the three points.
‘Adam Lallana was great, after four or five months out, performing like this. It’s not easy at this time, the whole team applauded Sadio Mane when he came in because we needed that goal.
‘He is not playing at his most fluent but a great goal. Six points in two days – I’ve never had that before.’
Mane’s form has dropped off in recent weeks, but the Senegal has played a key role in the last two victories.
The winger’ set up Mohamed Salah for the equaliser against Leicester City on the way to a 2-1 comeback win and Mane ended a four league-game wait for a goal against Burnley.
Back-to-back 2-1 wins have helped Liverpool strengthen their grip on fourth place and put some pressure on the teams above them, despite Klopp making a host of changes in the last two matches.
He said: ‘A fantastic finish to the game. This is one of the toughest places to play all season.
‘I like rotation, I love the quality of my squad and I am really pleased. It was not fantastic football but it was a fantastic attitude.
‘Today it wasn’t possible to play brilliantly but it was an open game, we had a massive setback with the equaliser but we changed it again – we haven’t done that too often this year.’
More: Liverpool FC
The post Jurgen Klopp singles out Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane in dramatic Burnley victory appeared first on News Wire Now.