Liverpool are looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Burnley in the Premier League, having suffered just their second defeat of the season so far against Arsenal last weekend
Jurgen Klopp is hopeful Liverpool can “strike back” when they host Burnley at Anfield on Saturday, although he admits it is “the kind of opportunity that we would rather not have”.
Liverpool remain top of the table despite last week’s loss, but there is now just two points separating them from Manchester City and Arsenal. City also have a game in hand over their rivals.
The 3-1 defeat to Arsenal last weekend was just the second time Liverpool have suffered a Premier League loss this season, with the first a controversial 2-1 win for Tottenham back in September that is best remembered for Luis Diaz wrongly having a goal ruled out for offside after a mistake by VAR.
Liverpool bounced back from that result to go on a 15-game unbeaten run and Klopp wants to see a similar response from his side this time around. “Today we have the kind of opportunity that we would rather not have because it means we have suffered a setback in our previous game,” he wrote in his programme notes ahead of the game against Burnley.
“But the chance to strike back is there for us so it makes sense that we should do everything possible to take it. I said after our defeat to Arsenal that it was not our day. This is not an excuse.
“The truth is that we had the opportunities to turn it into our day and we did not take them. So we know that we can be better and I am also totally confident that we will be better. The key now is not to allow that loss to become any bigger than it needs to be.
“The positive is this is something that we have done already this season. Everyone was really disappointed after we lost against Spurs in September – and not just because of the result – but we responded in the best possible way right up to last Sunday, which means there is a lot of information about ourselves that we built up in that period which we can use now.”
Klopp is set to step down as Liverpool manager at the end of the season and Reds skipper Virgil van Dijk hopes the club can give their manager a fitting send-off by winning some silverware. “It’s a hard one to take, because the manager means so much for us, to me, to the club, to the whole Premier League I think,” Van Dijk told club media last month.
“But he made the decision for him and his family. It was always going to be a tough one and it was definitely the case. He told us in private of course, and all of us were together.
“Like I said, it’s a hard one to take but our mindset is to focus on business. We have a lot of targets still to achieve this year and why not finish the season on a high and together with celebrations for the boss as well?”
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