“There was always a man who wanted to deny us and it was Nick Pope”
Last update: 07/20/2011 6:33 p.m.
Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp was frustrated when he met an enthusiastic Nick Pope in the 1-1 draw against Burnley in Anfield.
Jay Rodriguez equalized for Burnley in the 69th minute after Andy Robertson gave Liverpool the lead in the first half.
It meant Liverpool was denied their 25th straight league win at Anfield – and it could have been a first loss since April 2017 if substitute Johann Berg Gudmundsson found the net in the closing stages instead of hitting the crossbar.
The champions had their most attempts (23) without winning a Premier League game since December 2017 (23 against Everton). Pope made eight parades to give his team a chance to earn a point.
“It was a good performance in most parts of the game,” said Klopp. “There were moments when Liverpool was against Nick Pope. It’s hard to survive against a team so organized, but we created great opportunities.
“There was always a man who wanted to refuse us and it was Nick Pope. The game left the result open to Burnley. There were corners where Ali (Alisson) was under pressure from his surroundings and they were always a threat from that Set goods, pieces.
“I’m good for 80 minutes of performance and it was probably one of our best games against Burnley, but we couldn’t get a second so we have one point left.”
Sean Dyche’s Burnley team was so easily bypassed by a few quick one-touch pass movements that they committed only one foul in the first 45 minutes, despite defending 73 percent of their hosts’ possession.
But the Pope stood tall to deny Mo Salah and Sadio Mane with two brilliant close-range saves to ensure the damage was limited to Robertson’s headers.
Pope continued to frustrate the hosts and denied Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mane in the final stages. When Salah put a shot directly into his gloves in injury time, Burnley was right.
Klopp showed his frustration at the final whistle, but the Liverpool boss announced that it wasn’t a penalty when Robertson entered the box under a Gudmundsson challenge.
“I haven’t talked about Andrew Robertson’s situation,” he said. “I was talking about the goalkeeper situations when I felt like I lost the game. I know we didn’t, but how can you keep the goalkeeper blocked by three players? It’s not like how it should be.”
Burnley heartbeat delighted Dyche
Burnley boss Dyche was understandably delighted to have earned a point for her late European venture.
The Clarets have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League games (W7 D5) and have been unbeaten in the last five games. Only Manchester United (10) have been unbeaten longer than the Clarets.
“I’m very happy, considering that we barely got into the game in the first half,” said Dyche. “We almost hung out with the goalkeeper who made some saves. At half-time, I said that even the top teams find it difficult to maintain that level for an entire game. I thought we were all day and a threat through standard situations. ” We took our chance.
“The technical detail of football has evolved, but you still need a heartbeat and a group of people to take care of it. I still think that’s so important in top-class sport and we have it in abundance. I thought As the game went on, we looked very strong physically in the last 10 minutes, there was a clear attempt to win the game and we were unhappy in the end.
“I know the game could have been out of sight early on, but we dug in and created better chances in the second half. If there ever is a display for a team that does everything we can in this series of games and results were. ” The players worked very hard to get something out of the game and they deserved everything they got. “
Pope has been in excellent shape since the restart and leads the golden glove race with 14 goals after Alisson failed to improve his balance sheet.
Dyche added: “I found Popey excellent, apart from the fact that he had his shoes on the wrong feet because of his kicks. His job is to keep the ball out of the net and he does it very well.”
“Nick has performed well throughout the season. One of his greatest strengths is when he makes a mistake he just makes. He is unorthodox in the sense that he makes parades that you would not expect to do He is well protected by his defenders. ” and he also respects those in front of him. We have built up a mentality and resilience over time. “
Analysis: Pope now England’s No. 1?
Peter Smith from Sky Sports …
Rodriguez’s equalizer in Anfield was not only an impressive point for Burnley, but also ensured that his teammate Pope stayed on the right track to get the Premier League golden glove from Liverpool’s Alisson.
On Saturday there was no shutout for Pope – an impressive header from Robertson ensured – but there were still a number of excellent parades, including fine stops to refuse Salah and Mane, which must certainly take him towards England’s No. 1 jersey .
This Liverpool performance came after Pope had two crucial saves mid-week at West Ham, and it should be noted that he scored 112 saves on his way to the 14 goals that took him to the top of the Golden Glove standings had to do. Alisson was far less busy at 55.
Jordan Pickford has been the preferred choice of English manager Gareth Southgate for some time, but Everton’s goalkeeper has looked far less secure than Pope since the restart, while it may be too early to play Sheffield United’s outstanding 23-year-old Dean Henderson .
England are next in action in September, so Southgate will weigh up their options – and the pop with two caps has earned the chance to show that he can get on the international stage.
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