It was a day we can all be proud of
Burnley picked up their first points of the season with a 2-0 win against Liverpool and the two managers had their say after the final whistle.
Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp pointed to his side’s inability to turn their domination of possession into goals. He said: “Possession is what we did well, but in the end you have to use it. It’s not allowed that you suffer under your own ball possession, that makes no sense. It’s not that we didn’t want it, six or seven times Phil (Coutinho) alone was in the right position to shoot.
“In England you use the word ‘clinical’. In a lot of situations saw we were clinical but even then we didn’t score. That’s how it is and we have to accept it. I will watch the game again and I am pretty sure I will not see a lot of surprises in this game, I saw everything.
“When we conceded the first goal, we had a lot of time to win the game. Even at half time I felt there was still a possibility to do it. In the last moments, we were not where we should have been and that was a little bit of the problem, in the box, around the box.
“I saw crosses, really good crosses, when nobody was in the box. I saw shots when the whole box was full. Our timing and decision making today was not really good. It might have been forced by the result and by the passion of the opponent, but it is how it is.”
Sam Vokes and Andre Gray got the goals to beat Liverpool and Klopp said of them: “We saw the situations coming around the goals. It doesn’t mean that you should concede in these situations. We could finish the analysis pretty quickly and say ‘OK, we lost 2-0 so why would we want to talk about it? Or what you saw is not important because it’s not allowed to lose here 2-0.’ But, of course, that’s not the way I do it.
“It was a difficult game for us. We lost the ball in the wrong moments, in open moments, counter attack and counter pressing. Around the first goal, it was a counter attack and around the second goal, 2-0. The first half was not for drawing self confidence. We lost a little bit of timing and patience and all this stuff.
“It was not the best timing in offensive situations, really not good. One or two little counter attacks of Burnley, that’s it.
“We lost in a game in which we had in both halves about 80 per cent possession, but there are different ways to play football, that’s absolutely OK. Especially the two strikers of Burnley, Vokes and Gray, did really well, physically strong guys. The rest defended with big heart.
“I respect this but usually in a game like this, we win, if we don’t make mistakes in the wrong moment, but we did. Now we have to accept the result and carry on.”
There was no disappointment from home manager Sean Dyche. “It was a day we can all be proud of,” he said. “It was a big, important game and you always want to get that first, important win on the table. We’ve done that against a very good side.
“I’m particularly pleased for the fans. They knew it was going to be tough this season but they are sticking with us and we are going to need that, but I think it’s good when days come around like this, for the whole town.”
Speaking about the game, and how Liverpool play, he added: “Everyone has seen how they keep the ball and flood the midfield with five and six at times. It’s very difficult to play against, as regards keeping the focus on your game plan, and I thought the players did that fantastically well.
“We never got disappointed without the ball, but we kept our shape and kept looking to break on the counter. Then, you need good players to do good things and I thought we did today.
“I thought both finishes were absolutely sublime. They are fabulous goals and there will be a lot made of the fact we only had 20 per cent possession, but those two goals were enough surely to win any game.
“We know we are going to have to keep the ball better and build that side of our game, but on the other hand we do plan this. This isn’t a case of throwing a team out there and hoping for the best. We thought we might have to work on the counter and get good pressing on their keeper, which we did.
“But you have to see through what the opposition are doing and I am really pleased with the players today, because they could have got lost in that game, but they stayed in their shape, stayed diligent and kept working, knowing we had a threat.”Share this page :