We didn’t quite find that edge when it was important
Burnley were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool today and it was a day when their manager Jürgen Klopp was always going to be delighted with a first game back for the home fans.
“Everybody was really looking forward to this football festival, to this game,” he said. “And I think nobody leaves this place today with any kind of disappointment because I think all of our dreams were fulfilled today, atmosphere wise. That was, for sure, the best 12.30 p.m. atmosphere we had. It was pretty special, really special.
“We played a good game, we scored two, could have scored more. Yes, needed Ali (goalkeeper Alisson) in moments as well, even when the best save he had was offside before, but it was anyway a sensational save.
“Harvey (Elliott) was part of this performance. Everybody wants to talk to me about Harvey and I understand absolutely, when an 18-year-old boy plays such a mature game I can understand why everyone was asking, but I was not surprised he played like this. That is exactly how he has trained now for six or seven weeks since we are back, since he is back from loan.
“Yes, it was good.”
“We created chances, as well as defending, and could/should have had a penalty in my opinion. We come away at half time 1-0 down scratching our heads a little bit from a soft goal from our point of view.
“In the second half we started really well and then they just started to get a control of the game and scored a second. When you go 2-0 down it’s tough at places like this but we kept going to the end, so I was very pleased with the mentality.”
Despite going two goals behind, he saw us keep going and almost score right at the end, only for Ashley Barnes to be denied by Alisson. “I was pleased with that,” he said. “They had a really strong spell, which they can do, at 2-0 up and keeping the ball and it’s tough then. But we kept probing and working for the chances and they came.
“We didn’t quite take them and if you take one, you never know. We’ve seen that happen where they get nervous and the stadium gets nervous. We didn’t quite find that edge when it was important but overall it’s not easy to come here today and I thought it was a decent performance.
“It’s important to remember the bigger picture. That is we continue to be work in progress. We are light again with numbers. We are trying to be active in the market. It’s not easy but we are trying and we’ll see where it takes us.”
He confirmed that Ashley Westwood and Matěj Vydra were missing today with toe and groin injuries respectively and said he was hopeful that Westwood would not be out long term.Follow UpTheClarets:
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