REDS FEEDING ON SCRAPS; BURNLEY 0 LIVERPOOL 1 ANALYSIS AND REACTION Not Exactly Poetry in Motion - but Points in the Bag Are All That Matter to Rodgers' Men ANALYSIS

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REDS FEEDING ON SCRAPS; BURNLEY 0 LIVERPOOL 1 ANALYSIS AND REACTION Not Exactly Poetry in Motion - but Points in the Bag Are All That Matter to Rodgers' Men ANALYSIS


Byline: NEIL JONES at Turf Moor neil.jones@liverpool.com NEILJONESECHO @

VEN the Liverpool fans knew it was ironic.

Raheem Sterling was still celebrating his goal, but the travelling fans packed into the David Fishwick Stand had already burst into a familiar song.

"We are Liverpool, tra la la la la. Poetry in motion, tra la la la."

It was a chant which supplied the soundtrack to the Reds' thrilling, if ultimately fruitless, Premier League title chase last season. Back then, of course, it rang true. Liverpool, 2013/14, were a team worth watching, a team to admire, a team that deserved the accolades that came their way.

It's a flowery notion, but they were poetry in motion at times.

This team? Liverpool 2014/15? Less so. Much less so. They've looked a little bit more like themselves over the past fortnight or so, but comparisons with last season? Best leave them out of it. They won't be favourable.

Here, at least, the present crop found a way to win ugly. What a big three points this could be for them.

Brendan Rodgers rejected the idea that his side had been fortunate to take all three points from this contest. "Not at all," was his response when the question was put to him. Maybe the game really is a different one when viewed from the technical area.

To most observers, including those of a red persuasion, this was a slice of Christmas good fortune for the visitors. How many times will Liverpool have played better than this and been rewarded with less? Rodgers would argue, justifiably so, that his side have been on the receiving end enough times to look gift horses in the mouth. This is a team that needs results, a manager that needs results - there can be no room for snootiness when those results come. Especially when they come away from home, and with a clean sheet attached as well. This was Liverpool's first away shutout since August.

Still, Rodgers is not daft. He knows that a promising fortnight means little, and that a significant improvement is still required if his side is to go into the New Year heading in the right direction.

He will know that defensively there are still major frailties, which better sides than Burnley will expose. He will also know, surely, that the goalkeeping situation at the club is becoming a bigger issue by the week.

Having aimed at stability with his team selection - it was the first time Liverpool had named an unchanged starting line-up since April - Rodgers saw those plans fly out the window after little more than a quarter of an hour.

There was a time when a Brad Jones thigh injury would barely have warranted a mention at Anfield - now it is a big problem.

It forced Rodgers to put Simon Mignolet under the microscope again. …

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