Jurgen Klopp was thrilled with Liverpool’s comeback win away to an “aggressive” Burnley that moved his side back to within two points of Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Jack Cork’s scrambled opener gave the Clarets the lead at a wet Turf Moor on Wednesday but 15 minutes later Liverpool were in front thanks to James Milner and substitute striker Roberto Firmino.
Xherdan Shaqiri added a third in stoppage time to ensure Liverpool moved to 39 points from 15 league games.
“They wanted to be aggressive,” Klopp told a news conference. “Aggression is a part of football. You try something, and you need someone to say ‘be careful’.
“There were a lot of situations, challenges. There was nothing to say ‘wow, too much’ – they were normal challenges. But with six or seven yards and then [slide], these times are over. They are over.
“We all want to win football games, and there are different ways of doing it. Somebody has to tell you to stop doing it, make two more steps and make a normal challenge. Don’t go five yards before the player, because the grass is wet, and take any risk [out of the tackle].
“It’s not intentional, but these are the situations. The boy with the ball is a bit unlucky because what can happen is what happened to Joe Gomez. I think the referee has to make sure that things like this don’t happen constantly. It’s not how it should be. Let’s play football.”