Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah missed today’s encounter with Burnley FC due to thigh and groin injuries respectively and Roberto Firmino was left on the bench leaving only Sadio Mane as the lone member of Liverpool’s ‘Fab Four’ to start at rain-lashed Turf Moor.
Senegal winger Mane showed Liverpool can thrive without his star teammates as he opened the scoring in the 61st minute, hammering home from the edge of the area for his eighth club goal this season.
Burnley equalized with just three minutes left as Sam Vokes flicked on and Johann Gudmundsson pounced to slot home for Burnley.
However, Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren headed on a free-kick four minutes into stoppage-time and Estonia defender Ragnar Klavan poked home from close-range for Liverpool effectively snatching a late 2-1 victory over Burnley on Monday.
Liverpool’s third successive win extended their unbeaten league run to 13 games as they cemented their place in the top four.
“A very difficult game, the weather made it so hard, windy, rainy,” Klopp said.
“This is one of the toughest places to play all season. Did we deserve to win? I don’t care. We got the three points.”
Newcastle took a deserved lead in the 73rd minute over Stoke City when Ayoze Perez stabbed past Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland from close-range to give Newcastlea deserved 1:0 away victory.
Stoke’s recent lacklustre display has piled pressure on Hughes, whose gamble of fielding a weakened team in Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing at Chelsea proved an unwise move.
That 5:0 loss to Chelsea and today’s 1-0 home defeat to Newcastlehas triggered chants for Hughes’s dismissal from Stoke fans, with a ‘Hughes out’ banner held aloft in the stands.
Stoke have only won once in their last six games and sit two points above the relegation zone.
Asked if he feared the sack, a defiant Hughes said: “Who else is going to do it?
“In terms of the knowledge of the group and the progress in my time here, I’m the best person to do it.”