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Klopp backs misfiring Liverpool forwards after Burnley failings

16:57 SAST 2017/09/18
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Although the Reds missed chance after chance in a Premier League meeting with the Clarets, the German coach has refused to criticise his front line

Jurgen Klopp has backed his forwards despite seeing a dominant Liverpool fail to beat Burnley at Anfield on Saturday.

The Reds mustered 35 shots against Sean Dyche's men but were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw, with Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke missing big chances.

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However, Klopp says there is little he can teach to players like Sturridge, even if the goals are not flowing.

"I don't think I can give Daniel a lot of tips on how he can score more often," he told a news conference ahead of Tuesday's trip to Leicester City. "He's a really good striker."

And despite failing to win, Klopp noted that there were positives - and was pleased that his side were in the right positions to create opportunities.

"When we don't score the first goal it is like this [pressure] and you can feel it in the stadium," he said.

"I didn't see a lack of being ruthless. They were in the right positions. For example: Sturridge, usually he will score [against Burnley]. Shall I go to him and say, 'Daniel, what are you doing?'

"Solanke hit the crossbar, do I need to talk to him about this? Outside, people do.

"We have to take the criticism and the blame. It's not allowed for us to be happy or satisfied after [Burnley], but we cannot question everything. I can see the good and the bad things."