Jordan Henderson has called on his Liverpool team-mates to keep their heads in the face of aggressive opponents this season.
Jurgen Klopp came away from Burnley a frustrated manager on Wednesday, claiming his team deserved more protection from referee Stuart Attwell after Joe Gomez suffered an ankle injury.
Henderson believes Liverpool should be primed for more rough treatment as they enjoy their best ever start to a top-flight season.
‘I think you’ve got to expect that,’ he said. ‘If you lose your head you can pick up cards. The focus was brilliant in terms of maintaining control and creating chances.
‘There were a couple of tackles that could have gone either way but they’ve managed to get the ball.’
One of those, by Robbie Brady on Gomez, incensed Klopp before the full back left on a stretcher after being caught by Ben Mee’s follow through in a later challenge.
The comeback at Turf Moor showcased the ability of Naby Keita, who is beginning to grow in midfield after a stodgy start to life at Anfield.
Henderson saw the 23-year-old act as a driving force and offer Liverpool more guile before they head to Bournemouth on Saturday lunchtime.
‘I thought he started really well and then got an injury which set him back a little bit,’ the captain said.
‘He was outstanding. You can see how good he is on the ball, how comfortable he is driving with the ball forward, which is important for us.
‘I think he’ll go from strength to strength as he gets more games and experience. But I think you can already see he’s a fantastic player.
‘We’re going to need everyone over the next few months because the games come thick and fast. We need everyone to play their part.’