Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League after beating Burnley 2-0 on Boxing Day at Turf Moor.
Goals from Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota sealed all three points for the Reds. Arsenal, however, can climb above the Reds if they win their game against West Ham.
Jurgen Klopp was left impressed by Reds midfielder Wataru Endo who has made five consecutive appearances during this busy festive period.
After the game, the Reds showered heaps of praise on the 30-year-old, but he is also unhappy with the fact that the Japan midfielder will travel with his country for the Asian Cup and will miss a chunk of action.
Endo was brilliant against Burnely with his all-round display and had a shot on target last night. He has managed seven Premier League starts this season, and is gradually growing into a key player for Klopp’s side.
“I loved this game, I have to say. It’s a bit of a shame how he found his feet and now he goes to the Asian Cup but that’s how it is, it’s fine,” said Klopp, as quoted by Liverpoolfc.com.
“What a boy and what a player and very important. At least in January we have to play more or less without him but against Newcastle he is still here.
“Then the boys leave and then we have to find another way and we will. But for the moment, I am really happy for him. It took him a little bit [of time] that he really showed how good he really is, but now we can see it and I’m really happy about that.”
This is an important victory for the Reds. After two successive draws against Manchester United and Arsenal, Liverpool needed a strong result.
They created loads of chances against the Clarets, especially in the first half, but they just couldn’t find the equalizer. To make matters worse, they had two goals disallowed after a VAR check.
The Reds will miss Endo and Mohamed Salah when they are out for international duty, but the club will have to find a way to cope without them.
Alexis MacAllister is expected to be back while Curtis Jones will be expected to play a major role. Jota is back after injury and he made an instant impact after finding the net. The Portugal international can play a big role next month.
It will be interesting to see if Liverpool sign any new players next month. They can look to bring in a new centre-back, a right-back, or a quality defensive midfielder.
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