With Jurgen Klopp deciding to start Roberto Firmino on the bench, and the duo of Mohammed Salah and Philippe Coutinho injured, Liverpool struggled for creativity but a last gasp header from Ragnar Klavan in stoppage time secured a hard fought win for the Reds against the Clarets on New Year’s day.
Ashley Barnes came closest to opening the scoring for the hosts in the box eight minutes into the game but he fired wide. On the other hand, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain went closest for the visitors as his effort was parried away by Nick Pope.
Burnley looked more dangerous within the last ten minutes of the first half with Scott Arfield’s shot going agonizingly close in the 38th minute.
However, with both sides struggling to create chances after the break, the visitors broke the deadlock and went ahead via Sadio Mane in the 61st minute with a lovely strike, the Senegalese attacker gave Nick Pope no chance as he blasted the ball into the net.
Liverpool came close to doubling their lead few minutes later via Trent Alexander Arnold and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain but a fine save from Nick Pope kept the scoreline intact.
Sean Dyche’s decision to bring on Sam Vokes paid off as the substitute turned provider for Johann Berg Gudmundsson who restored parity for the hosts with a fine header late in the 87th minute.
While Burnley looked likely to have denied the Reds all three points, Ragnar Klavan broke the hearts of the Clarets faithul as he connected well with a good header from Dejan Lovren to score at the death as the Reds extend their unbeaten run to 16 matches across all competitions.
Up next for Liverpool is a third round clash against Merseyside rivals Everton on Friday night before a crunch clash against Premier League leaders Manchester City at Anfield on Saturday.