Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was delighted to see both Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota score – for different reasons – in the 2-0 win at Burnley.
Nunez ended a run of 12 games without a goal with the first-half opener and Jota came off the bench after a month out to kill the game off in the 90th minute – his 50th goal for the Reds.
“(Nunez) is an incredible finisher but if a striker doesn’t score, the whole system is not the same,” said Klopp.
“You question everything. It’s not just the outside world, but you question everything. But it was just in the moment and he has it so it’s all good.”
Jota’s return could not be more timely with top scorer Mohamed Salah set to depart to the African Nations Cup after the weekend’s visit of Newcastle.
“Diogo is an incredibly important player for us. Having him changed the whole dynamic, that’s true. The goal he scored today is the goal of a boy full of conviction,” Klopp added.
Victory returned Liverpool to the top of the table, with Arsenal not due to play until Thursday.
What a feeling #50 pic.twitter.com/SaR4gTV0mu
— Diogo Jota (@DiogoJota18) December 26, 2023
“So, 42 points, that’s really pleasing, to be honest. That’s really cool because the first part of the season (is) done and it was absolutely alright what we did. Not perfect but it was alright,” Klopp said.
“And if I’m right, we cannot be more than a point away from the top of the table, if Arsenal win (against West Ham on Thursday). That’s obviously in punching distance, let me say it like that.”
Burnley boss Vincent Kompany said deficiencies up front cost his side the chance of getting something from the game and admits the chance of him adding a proven quality striker in January are slim.
“We had our moments, we can’t prevent them from having their moments as they are a top side, but we had our moments as well,” he said.
“The team fights, the team is alive, the team is entertaining – it just lacks the little bit of final touch to reward ourselves.
“The problem is that final touch in the Premier League, what is that? Down the bottom it is (Dominic) Solanke, (Raul) Jimenez – that’s the level you need and it’s difficult to go out in the market and find that level of player for us.
“We have to see a progression in the players we have but if there is something smart we can do we will see.”