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THE grinding it out Reds, who knew, who are these people, playing shite and winning, who are we? Manchester United?

Lesson worth learning, though…

Simon Mignolet: 7

Doesn’t make a save, has little chance with the goal, makes a couple of proactive decisions that he doesn’t make last year and punches well.

Leaves Gini Wijnaldum hanging on a back pass but apart from that, sound.

Nathaniel Clyne: 5

Wants to do more, forever looking for an option and often doesn’t have one.

Switches off as much as anyone for the Burnley goal.

Joel Matip: 7

Solid enough, leads out well but needs to vocalise more, takes responsibility with his play but could and should be grabbing them by the scruff of the neck.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 12, 2017: Liverpool's Joel Matip in action against Burnley's Andre Gray during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ragnar Klavan: 5

Had a torrid first 30, couldn’t make a right decision and looked absolutely petrified, was on a two otherwise.

Improves second half, as did everyone else, but still not brilliant.

James Milner: 6

Kind of left alone to get on with it and not found often enough, especially first half, a bit more second half too.

Got targeted early on but did well enough that Burnley switched.

Emre Can: 2 and 9

Splitting this.

First half — I can forgive anything on a football pitch apart from being a coward and hiding.

Watched him for 10 minutes deliberately putting himself in a position where he couldn’t receive the ball because he didn’t feel confident enough to be on the pitch.

Second half — Not brilliant but immeasurably better than what went before and then scores the most enjoyable goal of the season if only because it made a twat of Atko.

Adam Lallana: 6

Didn’t function in a stretched midfield at all first half, didn’t have the surety of touch in the second either.

Georginio Wijnaldum: 8

Don’t see him at all, and then he puts away the calmest finish since Beth buried Trevor Jordache under the patio.

Sadio Mane: 6

Ropey. So good at what he does, he’s unstoppable and always a threat, but off it today.

If he was a little bit better at one or two things we’d be looking at the next world star.

Philippe Coutinho: 4

Must have been carrying something, not even anywhere near his minimum today.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 12, 2017: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia in action against Burnley during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Divock Origi: 7

Massive admiration for commitment and getting involved today, says a lot about him and, dare I say it, his character.

Desperately needs a goal and his touch isn’t there, but got battered from pillar to post today and put everything in.

SUBS

Ben Woodburn: 9

Such a sure touch, please let him be as good as he thinks he can be.

Think Lucas Leiva would have just got off had he scored.

Lucas Leiva: n/a

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