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Klavan spares Klopp’s blushes as under-strength Liverpool edge out Burnley

Centre-back Ragnar Klavan was Liverpool’s unlikely match-winner at Burnley as his close-range header in the fourth minute of added time made light of the absence of three of the ‘Fab Four’.

With £75million world-record defender Virgil van Dijk waiting in the wings for his debut, the focus has been turned on the Reds’ central defenders, but it was at the other end of the pitch where Estonian Klavan proved his worth.

Jurgen Klopp’s side looked like they had thrown away two points when Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s 88th minute equaliser cancelled out a stunning strike from Sadio Mane.

However, Klavan popped up barely a yard out to nod in from a free-kick move to secure a hard-fought 2-1 win.

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