Cole picks out "exceptional" Liverpool trio for high praise after Burnley win

Harvey Elliott, Konstantinos Tsimikas and Virgil Van Dijk were all earmarked for praise as Liverpool comprehensively defeated Burnley 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Sean Dyche’s side shocked the Reds at Anfield last season, but Jurgen Klopp’s team were a completely different outfit to the side who succumbed to the last January.

Diogo Jota’s lovely header from Tsimikas’ cross put the Reds in the driving seat, before Sadio Mane’s crisp finish assured the three points for the six-time European Champions.

While there were good performances all over the pitch for Liverpool, BT Sport pundit and former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole specifically highlighted the displays of Elliott, Tsimikas and Van Dijk.

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"He’s (Elliott) a lovely technician, plays the ball to Trent, he was mature,” said Cole.

“I think Klopp will lean on him and will have influence on the season. He played with so much maturity. It was more his quality on the ball that impressed me."

Klopp fielded Elliott in what was his first Premier League start with The Reds.

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The 18-year-old, who scored seven goals and recorded eleven assists while on loan at Blackburn Rovers last season, did contribute with an assist for Mohammed Salah, but the Egyptian was marginally offside.

Cole also praised the returning Van Dijk, as well as Tsimikas who enjoyed another strong performance deputising for Andy Robertson.

Both players featured very little last season as Van Dijk’s suffered a season ending knee injury, while his Greek colleague had to play second fiddle to Robertson.

He added: “Van Dijk was exceptional. Tsimikas looks like a fantastic bit of cover for Robertson. Got to give Elliott a mention, looks like he’s been playing for Liverpool for 10 years."

While the score line suggests an easy win for Klopp’s side, BT Sport pundit Peter Crouch believes The Clarets deserved to at least get on the scoresheet.

"They warranted a goal [Burnley] with the chances, second half Liverpool went up a gear. Liverpool fully deserved it fantastic performances across the pitch. It’s special [full Anfield]."

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