LIVERPOOL’s title credentials were given a thorough examination at Turf Moor but they passed with flying colours after coming from behind to win a gruelling encounter 3-1.
Manager JurgenKlopp’s gamble of making seven changes, including leaving out his big guns up front, was ultimately justified but for more than an hour it looked like backfiring.
The Clarets gave their visitors a tough test and after goalkeeper Joe Hart had kept them in the game with two top-class saves from Daniel Sturridge and Naby Keita, Jack Cork put them ahead just after the break.
However, James Milner soon equalised and after Klopp sent on Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino the latter converted from close range within four minutes of his arrival and XherdanShaqiri completed victory in added time.
It maintained their unbeaten start to the season and ensured the gap to Premier League leaders Manchester returned to two points.
Klopp’s big call was in making sweeping changes from Sunday’s Merseyside derby win, giving Anfield match-winner DivockOrigi his first Premier League start since May 14 2017.
That was also the last time Liverpool started without any of Salah and Firmino and Sadio Mane, who was out injured.