Liverpool struggle to impress at Burnley
With just 48 hours between Premier League games, it was always going to be hard for Liverpool to play their swashbuckling football at Burnley on New Year’s Day.
In fairness to Burnley, they also had the same amount of time to prepare for this home match against Liverpool, having played at Huddersfield on Saturday.
Is Phil Coutinho injured?
Liverpool made seven changes to their line-up at Burnley after their comeback win over Leicester at Anfield on Saturday.
Some of these were enforced changes – with Mohamed Salah picking up a groin injury.
Philippe Coutinho also missed out with a thigh problem.
(Although there are reports from Barcelona today that a fee has been agreed for the Brazilian playmaker.)
Dom Solanke slated by Liverpool fans
Burnley and Liverpool played out a bore draw in the first half at Turf Moor.
There were very few chances for either side.
In the second half, Liverpool became a bit more lively but for two of their attackers it was a frustrating afternoon.
Dominic Solanke received a rare start but struggled to impress again, despite a dramatic second 45.
Mane impresses, taken off, Solanke struggles and stays on
Sadio Mane was also included in the Liverpool starting XI and whilst he is undoubtedly still a fine player, the Senegal attacker is struggling for form right now.
Mane however fired in a brilliant opener to remind us all that he is still a class act.
Liverpool won the match in dramatic style in the 94th minute. Ragnar Klavan heading home from close range from a Dejan Lovren assist.
There was no such sort of redemption for Solanke and the former Chelsea striker was slaughtered on Twitter…
Get Solanke off ffs. The kid is championship standard and he’s 2nd choice striker at LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB
— Sean (@DivvyOrigi) January 1, 2018
I don’t think I’ve seen a Liverpool striker pose as little goal threat as Solanke. Ball falls to his feet 8 yards from goal and there’s no urgency. Just casually loses it. Shoulder shrug. Oh well.
— Joseph Cousins (@JCuzzy1) January 1, 2018
Nothing against Solanke, but we’re so much “Less Liverpool’ without Firmino. We play different football without him.
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) January 1, 2018
Solanke has no business starting for Liverpool in the premier league. Need more width and movement in attack
— Steve McVeigh (@SteveMcVeigh123) January 1, 2018
Has Solanke even scored a goal for Liverpool? That guy is like a ghost when he’s on
— Geebs (@GeebsR) January 1, 2018
Don’t understand how Solanke is professional.
— Baby Keith (@OhNaby) January 1, 2018
What happened to the Solanke we saw during preseason? #LFC
— Adv_YR (@raw_yaseen) January 1, 2018
Solanke is tragic 😂
— Jämes (@Jamesbennion) January 1, 2018
Never would want to see Solanke again
— Tolp Elm (@TolpElm) January 1, 2018
Solanke badly needs a goal. He does all the right things but luck just has not blessed him since his arrival.
— GoalMouthFC (@GooalMouth) January 1, 2018