Shorthanded win should boost Reds' confidence

Liverpool were down some big players, but still got a result.

Liverpool FC v Burnley FC - Premier League
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It wasn't too long ago that we were lauding the seemingly newfound depth at Liverpool. There was cover at every position with most players in-form.

Fast forward to now, and things have changed just a bit. Liverpool's 3-1 win over Burnley on Saturday saw them without Mohamed Salah, Dominik Szoboszlai, Conor Bradley, Alisson Becker, Joe Gomez, Ibrahima Konate while Trent Alexander-Arnold was forced off at halftime.

That is almost a full XI on it's own. Some of those will be corrected going forward as Konate has served his one-match suspension.

However, that's not the idea of this article. Winning at the top level of football is always difficult. For a club like Liverpool this season, still challenging on four fronts, it is only amplified.

The eyes of the footballing world are fixated on the club following the news of Jurgen Klopp's departure at the end of this season. That is a new kind of pressure that these players were not ready for at all.

Their sluggish start against relegation threatened Burnley reflected these nerves in my view. However, it was the response in the second half that stood out to me.

They looked to be more like themselves again and played with the confidence that we have come to know. Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez being the scorers could not have been more perfect. That attacking trio would be penciled in weekly for a LOT of clubs around the world.

Having them all play well together makes Liverpool an even more potent side once Salah does make his return.

There has been no shortage of challenges for the Reds this season, from red cards, VAR controversy to a rash of injuries.

Yet, through it all they have continued to battle and push on. With the Arsenal result not withstanding, there have been few matches from start to finish where the club has looked lost. It's a sign of the strong top-to-bottom leadership from Klopp down through the players.

This is a a squad that has seen it all, experienced it all, and won it all. With each passing win, the belief continues to grow at Anfield.

There is a special feeling about this season and every hurdle the lads clear drives home that point. We don't know how the next few months are going to play out.

What we do know is there is not going to be a challenge Klopp's men won't be ready for. In those situations, their track record of successfully overcoming is pretty darn good.

As Stevie proudly proclaimed; "We go again!"

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