Jurgen Klopp delighted with Liverpool’s ‘dirty shirts’ win at Burnley

Jurgen Klopp hailed Liverpool’s ability to brave the elements and a physical battle to beat Burnley 1-0 on Sunday thanks to Fabinho’s first-half strike.

The Reds were far from their best as Klopp rotated his side with one eye during Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Inter Milan.

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But they did just enough to close the gap on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League to nine points with a game to come for Klopp’s men.

“Today everything was set up to be a banana peel for us. The balls in the air were so hard to defend because the wind was coming from all directions. We played the circumstances rather than suffer from them,” Klopp said.

“We have to work incredibly hard and that’s what the boys did. We got our shirts dirty. I’m really happy because I know how hard it is to come here.”

Burnley remain bottom and are now seven points from safety after weekend wins for Everton and Newcastle.

“Sometimes you have to forget where you are in the table because that performance will lead to more,” Burnley boss Sean Dyche said.

“It was a good performance against top-class opponents, but we didn’t take our chance.”

A week after facing each other in the Africa Cup of Nations final, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have been reunited on the same side by Klopp.

Diogo Jota, who scored both of Liverpool’s goals in a 2-0 win over Leicester in midweek, was surprisingly left out along with new signing Luis Diaz.

Burnley have won just one league game all season but had held off Arsenal and Manchester United in their last two games and would have earned a point once more with a better finish.

New signing Wout Weghorst was a constant threat until the Dutch international limped off with an injury that worried Dyche 15 minutes from time.

Weghorst should have done better when he falsified a chip attempt on off-target Alisson Becker early on.

The Brazil international was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first half as he was also forced into action by Josh Brownhill and rushed from his goal to prevent Jay Rodriguez from rushing in a long ball.

Liverpool had barely threatened Burnley’s goal until they came past five minutes from half-time.

Mane kicked in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner and Fabinho netted his fifth goal in seven games from close range.

Burnley continued to probe after the break but their lack of goal threat was revealed.

Dyche’s men have scored just 17 goals in 21 league appearances this season and are fast running out of time to extend their six-season stay in the top flight.

Liverpool should have added a late second when Salah set up Jota, only to have his effort deflected by James Tarkowski.

But one goal was enough to keep alive their slim hopes of robbing City of a fourth Premier League title in five years.

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