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Coutinho will be glad to get his first start out of the way after a summer of discontent in which Barca had a series of bids rising to £120million turned down by Liverpool.

In their opening three away fixtures against Chelsea, Tottenham and the Reds, Burnley are unbeaten - picking up five points. We dropped one into midfield and had an extra one rather than 4-4-2, and I am really pleased with the game plan.

Liverpool will be determined to return to winning ways after last week's 5-0 defeat to Manchester City was followed by a 2-2 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League.

Burnley sits above Liverpool in seventh thanks to a superior goal difference, having negotiated what looked like an extremely tough start to the season.

Today's match ended as one of the typically disappointing Liverpool games fans have come to nearly expect against smaller sides such as Burnley.

Liverpool pressed ever closer, with yet another Coutinho shot deflected behind and Sturridge's committed run across the edge of the penalty box ending with a shot which Pope pushed to safety.

That means the two teams stay in the same place on the table - Burnley in 7th and Liverpool in 8th.

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Tom Heaton underwent surgery on an injured shoulder earlier this week and was replaced in goal by Nick Pope.

"It's our fault. We were dominant, fantastic attitude".

With a rotation of seven changes to the starting 11, Jurgen Klopp provided a number of players opportunities to prove their value.

"It was a disciplined performance but just that one goal". Why do you think the other one can not improve?

Klopp insisted he is optimistic about his side's chances of taking points from a hard run of games, saying: "Now we go to Leicester, Leicester again, then we go to Moscow and then Newcastle and if we can keep the shape and improve the other things, I think everybody has seen already we can be really strong".

"The players who are developing with the club, every year you stay in the Premier League, it's nearly subliminal, you just feel more at ease and have more belief".

"As it happens, we had two cleared off the line from set-pieces, so our game-planning was right to take that seriously".

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