Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Liverpool's Klopp criticises Burnley approach after Gomez injury

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Cary Erickson | 07 December, 2018, 10:26

In defence, the German tactician goes with Joe Gomez and Alberto Moreno as full-backs, while Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip are centre-backs.

The 21-year-old has become a key part of Klopp's side, playing in 13 of Liverpool's 15 league games this season.

Gomez, 21, will undergo a scan on his ankle on Thursday following a challenge from Burnley's Ben Mee in the first half, which Klopp said could keep the England worldwide out for a while.

Jurgen Klopp made seven changes to his side en route to victory over Burnley in midweek and is expected to use a number of fringe players once again with a crucial Champions League clash against Napoli and then a Premier League showdown with Manchester United to come next week.

Gomez was clattered by Robbie Brady before a strong Ben Mee challenge saw the full back hurtle into the advertising hoardings and leave on a stretcher midway through the first half.

"That's part of that front-foot mentality". Joe is injured and probably not only a little bit'.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche made no apologies for his side's approach as the hosts picked up just one yellow card, but Klopp added: "I'm pretty sure saying this won't make me a lot of friends here, but that's not the job I have".

"I said after the first challenge, I don't know who did it, a sliding tackle from six/seven yards, getting the ball, everybody likes it, I said to the ref "it's no foul but please tell them you can not do that".

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"How people judge it, I have no influence on", Klopp said.

"I think the referee has to make sure that things like this don't happen constantly". It happened four or five times.

Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's game. I don't think there's many fans in this country that want to see tackling go out of the game'.

"They did win the game in the end but I do not know how?"

Hart plunged to his right to turn away Daniel Sturridge's 20-yard drive after the restart, the Burnley goalkeeper then making a sensational save to tip Naby Keita's piledriver on to the post.

Liverpool came from 1-0 down to win 3-1 thanks to second-half goals from James Milner, Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri as the visitors move to within two points of league leaders Manchester City.

Burnley could have been two goals to the good before Liverpool even got on the scoresheet.