Liverpool v Burnley: Reds to pass test of mental strength

Liverpool v Burnley: Reds to pass test of mental strength

Klopp is aware many remain suspicious his side's capacity to produce their best form in a less high profile fixture.

"We knew it after the Arsenal game these questions would be asked". It's certainly good for myself and the staff to realise that we do work with these players and they do develop and improve. (We) have to cover specific spaces and make the right decisions.

He said that he can not "concentrate only on set-pieces or only concentrate on counter-attacks or counter-pressing" because it's "not like this" and it is an "all-round challenge".

Burnley hosted Liverpool in the second week of this season's Premier League at Turf Moor and came away 2-0 victors.

The Merseyside giants have only finished in the top four once in the last seven seasons (a certain Luis Suarez had a lot to do with that), and in four of those seasons, they ended up outside the top six. It may seem ridiculous to even suggest it will be tougher than facing the Gunners, but Liverpool have seriously struggled when playing the minnows this season.

The Liverpool manager said he will have to check to see whether he will be fit enough for the encounter with Sean Dyche's side at Anfield.

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Many would tip Liverpool based on the fact they are the superior side on paper, but the way they have played against teams like Burnley this season does leave one sitting on the fence.

Lovren: During his pre-match press conference, Klopp confirmed that Lovren has taken part in "a lot of sessions this week" and that a "decision" on his participation has not yet been made. "If they can do that then we can start talking about them being a top-four team again". If you don't score early then it will be hard.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss also acknowledged Liverpool's "problems against other teams" but said it is "not for this game" because "it would be hard even if we had won all the other games".

"It's nice to have the lads here but as I say we have got a great group of lads and I think it's shown over the last couple of years". In those five games the Reds have played a draw with Chelsea, recorded victories over Arsenal and Tottenham and lost against Hull City and Leicester City.

A Premier League victor, Dzeko is back in the goals over in Serie A, bagging a rather impressive 30 in the Italian capital so far this season. They are happy with their comfortable position in the table. You miss a chance against Arsenal and no-one is surprised. "We need to create an atmosphere and use advantage of Anfield".

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