Klavan spares Klopp’s blushes as under-strength Liverpool edge out Burnley

Centre-back Ragnar Klavan was Liverpool’s unlikely match-winner at Burnley as his close-range header in the fourth minute of added time made light of the absence of three of the ‘Fab Four’.

With £75million world-record defender Virgil van Dijk waiting in the wings for his debut, the focus has been turned on the Reds’ central defenders, but it was at the other end of the pitch where Estonian Klavan proved his worth.

Jurgen Klopp’s side looked like they had thrown away two points when Johan Berg Gudmundsson’s 88th minute equaliser cancelled out a stunning strike from Sadio Mane.

However, Klavan popped up barely a yard out to nod in from a free-kick move to secure a hard-fought 2-1 win.

Klavan spares Klopp’s blushes as under-strength Liverpool edge out Burnley PLZ Soccer

Tweet of the match

Star man – Adam Lallana

The midfielder made his first Premier League start of the season and was the busiest player on display, making a potentially goal-saving tackle at one end and conducting proceedings at the other.

Highlight of the match

Mane’s brilliant one touch and left-footed strike into the roof of the net to give Liverpool the lead.

Data point

Liverpool are now unbeaten in 16 games, the longest streak since Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield.

Player ratings

Burnley: Nick Pope 7, Phil Bardsley 6, Ben Mee 6, James Tarkowski 6, Charlie Taylor 6, Scott Arfield 7, Steven Defour 7, Jeff Hendrick 5, Jack Cork 5, Johan Berg Gudmundsson 6, Ashley Barnes 7. Subs: Sam Vokes (for Hendrick, 71) 7, Nahki Wells (for Arfield, 86) 6.Liverpool: Simon Mignolet 6, Trent Alexander-Arnold 7, Dejan Lovren 5, Ragnar Klavan 6, Joe Gomez 6, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 7, Georginio Wijnaldum 6, Emre Can 5, Adam Lallana 7, Sadio Mane 7, Dominic Solanke 5. Subs: Roberto Firmino (for Mane, 72) 6, James Milner (for Lallana, 86) 6, Joel Matip (for Oxlade-Chamberlain, 90) 5.

Who’s up next?

Liverpool v Everton (FA Cup, Friday January 5)

Manchester City v Burnley (FA Cup, Saturday January 6)

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