Klopp explains Salah and Firmino decision for Liverpool vs Burnley

Jurgen Klopp has explained why he dropped Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino from Liverpool's starting XI.

The pair have been two of the first names on the team sheet in recent seasons but both had to settle for a spot on the bench for the visit of Burnley on Thursday night.

Liverpool faced the Clarets on the back of a run of poor form which saw them score just one goal in four Premier League games.

In that stretch, the champions drew three games and lost one as they gave up top spot and lost ground in the title race to rivals Manchester United and Manchester City.

But Klopp insists the decision to bring Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri into the attack was due to the heavy workload on Salah and Firmino, rather than the duo's poor form.

"We have to use the quality in the squad, playing every three days and we have to make changes," said the Liverpool boss.

He added: "It is only a few games (winless run), we want to score goals and win games.

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"It is not that we played outstandingly good and were unlucky but we can only change by doing and doing and staying calm in front of goal.

"It is not easy in this business, everybody talks about you everyday. I am really not worried. I want us to play well tonight when it is usually difficult to play good, they (Burnley) can annoy you and can be dangerous on the counter-attack."

Salah has been in excellent form for the majority of the season and has scored 17 times in all competitions.

But his last goal in the top flight came before Christmas as he scored twice during the 7-0 rout of Crystal Palace.

Meanwhile, Firmino has scored five goals this season but – like Salah – has not netted in the Premier League since grabbing a double against the Eagles.

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