Gary Neville heaps praise on Liverpool star Emre Can following Burnley victory

Mar 13, 2017, 00:32
Gary Neville heaps praise on Liverpool star Emre Can following Burnley victory

For Liverpool, this was a genuine rarity.

The Clarets have become one of the most feared teams when stepping out on home soil, but they can not reproduce their form travelling away from Turf Moor.

A six point gap with two games in hand over Manchester United would give Liverpool breathing space, at least temporarily.

However, the fans are demanding more from their talisman and he will hope to prove doubters wrong in the next game against Manchester City.

Defeats to Bournemouth, Swansea, Wolves, Hull and Leicester followed.

But Klopp is unapologetic about his philosophy and despite glaring holes in his defence during an epic form slump over last two months he will plough on in the face of more workmanlike teams with a less expansive mindset.

A common criticism of Liverpool this season has been the fact they have not been able to turn bad performances in to wins but that was not the case against Burnley, as arguably their most disjointed home display of the campaign secured three points.

The criticism has been that his players do not have the stomach for a fight.

The Liverpool boss is happy to tell the world that he has no "special plan" to deal with the team that brought his wonderful opening to the season to an abrupt halt back in August. He felt something after the game and until now this week, he couldn't train. Burnley will look to Joey Barton to be a stopper, of legal and illegal sorts, in the middle of the park against the Liverpool attack.

Mane is aware of the importance of Sunday's game against Burnley if they are to challenge other teams in the top four. Liverpool, with Philippe Coutinho particularly poor, scarcely resembled the all-conquering force of earlier this season. It took a stoppage time Fernando Llorente victor to deny them a point at the Liberty Stadium in their last outing and they snatched a point away at Hull in the match before that.

Divock Origi comes in to replace the Brazilian, and he has the flawless opportunity here to stake his claim for a regular starting place over the next couple of months. He had been arguably Liverpool's least effective player but helped fashion the equaliser and would go on to lay on Can's victor. He offered encouragement previous year but has seemed to regress this season.

Sean Dyche's men still need points to assure themselves of Premier League safety, and getting anything out of today's trip to Merseyside would be a bonus for the Clarets.

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