Jurgen Klopp then sent for substitutes Mohamed Salah and Firmino and it changed the game, with the latter scoring the victor less than three minutes after his introduction, staying onside to finish a set-piece struggling Burnley defended badly. Somebody has to tell you to stop doing it, make two more steps and make a normal challenge.
Two goals in the space of seven minutes midway through the second-half sealed a hard-fought 3-1 win at struggling Burnley after Jack Cork's 54th-minute effort had given the hosts an unexpected lead against a side they've now beaten just once in the last 12 attempts spanning 44 years.
Liverpool fell behind but within 15 minutes they were in front, Van Dijk playing a key role in their victor. You've got to win the ball, you've got to challenge against these boys.
This time around, he has been shunted between that false nine role and a number ten role, which does not really suit his direct style or get him close enough to goal.
Premier League - Follow the Football match between Burnley and Liverpool live with Eurosport. We've got to get back to the consistency of being "us". Burnley lacked the ball for the most part, having to make do with only around a quarter of first-half possession, and with Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood failing to find each other when opportunities arose they presented little threat to Liverpool's goal.
A wet Turf Moor provided a tricky backdrop for Liverpool, who made seven changes from Sunday's dramatic Merseyside derby win at home to Everton.
One said: "Unbeaten run was nice while it lasted". Hendo [Jordan Henderson] shouldn't be involved in that, he had to protect the runners. It looked like a proper chance.
Liverpool started the second-half with greater objective, and Daniel Sturridge forced a good save from Hart with a powerful effort from the edge of the area which was destined for the bottom corner. We played long balls, big switch, and Naby was constantly overlooked.