Coutinho & Sturridge start against Burnley

Coutinho & Sturridge start against Burnley

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Philippe Coutinho "needs rhythm" after the midfielder was substituted on his first start of the season.

"I'm not happy, I'm angry with the result but pleased with the performance", Klopp told reporters afterwards.

"We made seven changes but it was still really fluent, it looked like proper football - offensive football, dominant football, possession football how it should be".

It could have been a baptism of fire as the Reds, showing seven changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Sevilla in the Champions League in mid-week, looked to bounce back from last weekend's 5-0 beating at Manchester City.

"This one goal, that's where we have to improve most, to switch the mood in being offensive, being offensive - do, do, do all the time - and then this one situation, a little block here and we missed Arfield, or forgot him, and he can score then".

The goals opened up what had been a tight affair with Salah, twice, and Sturridge testing Pope with low shots that were comfortably dealt with.

"The goalkeeper has some outstanding saves and was lucky with the crossbar, but it was an unbelievably hard game".

Coutinho played 79 minutes of the match before he was part of a double substitution in which he was withdrawn with Roberto Firmino and replaced by Dominic Solanke and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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Klopp insisted he is optimistic about his side's chances of taking points from a hard run of games, saying: "Now we go to Leicester, Leicester again, then we go to Moscow and then Newcastle and if we can keep the shape and improve the other things, I think everybody has seen already we can be really strong". Today I saw fluid movements, passing between the lines, speed, crosses.

"We've got some great confidence from the away games we've had recently and the points we've picked up", Vokes added.

"We made one big mistake around their goal".

Sean Dyche's well-drilled side took the lead through Scott Arfield with their first shot on target.

"He needs rhythm", Klopp said.

He said: "I'm not afraid to get the ball forward and I thought that was effective".

"We know it's tough coming to these places and we are willing to do the bits that are nitty gritty in the game". You need to have luck in football, and you need to have the referee who makes the right decisions. "He was a very important player for us".

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