Liverpool’s newfound positive backs up Pep Guardiola’s title concern


Jurgen Klopp’s side were tasked with toppling bottom-placed Burnley at Turf Moor in a game where a number of vital Reds players were missing from the starting eleven

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Liverpool avoided a potential banana slip away at Burnley on Sunday afternoon thanks to a Fabinho goal five minutes before half-time to hand the Reds all three points.

The win was made all the more impressive when factoring in the number of players that Liverpool lined-up without against the Clarets.

Given the pair’s return from international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were immediately placed back into the starting eleven.

As a result, Diogo Jota was forced to take his place on the bench despite being the hero while the aforementioned duo were away in Cameroon and unavailable for their club.

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Thiago Alcantara has enjoyed his best season since joining the club in the summer of 2020 but was also dropped from the starting eleven against Sean Dyche’s side.

Ibrahima Konate has proved he is more than capable at mixing it with the big boys and arguably would have especially relished the kind of physical battle Burnley throw at their opponents, but he joined Jota and Thiago in the away dugout.

The likes of Joe Gomez, Divock Origi, Curtis Jones and Takumi Minamino all failed to even make the matchday squad.

In their place was Salah, Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip respectively – all three just as efficient and technically gifted, which is the exact reason Manchester City can not consider this title race run just yet.

Liverpool’s win at Turf Moor sees them sit in second-place nine points behind Pep Guardiola’s table-toppers who have played one game more.

The game in hand as well as the fact the sides will meet at the Etihad in early April presents Klopp’s side with the chance to close the gap to just three points.

Though it is difficult to imagine City dropping too many points between now and the end of the season, Guardiola himself admitted “anything can happen.”

Speaking before Saturday’s trip to Carrow Road, the City manager said: “We can also win the Premier League if we win against Norwich, the same as Liverpool or Chelsea or Tottenham – it’s the same amount of points.

“We have 14 games left, many points to play for and we have to win a lot of points if we want to be there to win the title.”

Guardiola went on to highlight the strength of Liverpool is exactly why they cannot start to dream of a fourth league title in five seasons just yet.

“After the run we’ve done over the last 14 games, and we are just potentially six points ahead, it’s because the opponent is so good too,” he added.

“In normal circumstances an opponent would be 10 or 12 points (behind) with the amount of games we’ve won.”

Klopp recently claimed he doesn’t believe his side can catch City, but the comments are surely just mind games to take the pressure off his troops as the season hots up.

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