Burnley 1 Liverpool 3: Sub Roberto Firmino nets with first touch as Liverpool storm back to sink Clarets

JURGEN KLOPP'S big gamble paid off – just about – to keep Liverpool hot on the heels of leaders Manchester City.

The Kop chief made seven changes to his starting line-up after their dramatic derby win over Everton on Sunday.

Burnley 1 Liverpool 3: Sub Roberto Firmino nets with first touch as Liverpool storm back to sink ClaretsRex Features11 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp clashed with Burnley chief Sean Dyche after the final whistle

And for almost three quarters of the game it looked set to backfire against Sean Dyche's spirited Burnley.

But two goals in five second half minutes turned the game on its head and put the Reds back to within two points of the top.

It needed Roberto Firmino – one of the men given the night off by Klopp – to climb off the bench and tap in the winner with his first touch.

So they could now jump above champions City to the summit – for a few hours at least – by beating Bournemouth on Saturday lunchtime.

Burnley 1 Liverpool 3: Sub Roberto Firmino nets with first touch as Liverpool storm back to sink ClaretsGetty – Contributor11 Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates with fellow scorer Roberto Firmino after completing a turnaround win for Liverpool
Burnley 1 Liverpool 3: Sub Roberto Firmino nets with first touch as Liverpool storm back to sink ClaretsGetty Images – Getty11 Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool is tackled by Phillip Bardsley as the Reds storm back to win

As soon as the team-sheet dropped it looked a huge call from Klopp – even allowing for Burnley's dismal recent form of just one point from six matches.

Almost 12 months ago to the day, the Clarets beat Stoke to move into the top four and went on to claim a Europa League place.

This season, Sean Dyche's men have found things altogether tougher and – with trips to Tottenham and Arsenal to come – will do well to be out of the bottom three at Christmas.

Even so, they started as though they fancied this one.

Burnley 1 Liverpool 3: Sub Roberto Firmino nets with first touch as Liverpool storm back to sink ClaretsGetty Images – Getty11 Roberto Firmino came off the bench to put Liverpool in front for the first time

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