It was quite clear to see that, heading into this game, Burnley needed to put on a perfect performance in order to overcome Liverpool. In the end, though, the European champions were able to prove why they’re one of the best teams in world football as they strolled towards a 3-0 win against the Clarets.
The atmosphere was rocking at Turf Moor from the first minute until the very last, but for most of the game, it was the visiting fans that were singing away. Burnley’s physicality was certainly on display, but it never got to a point where it troubled Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s side were able to dictate the pace of play from the word go, to the point where it was obvious to see why there’s a clear gap between the two sides.
It took until the 33rd minute for Liverpool to take the lead, though, with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross-cum-shot deflecting off of Chris Wood and sailing into the back of the net. A counter attack just a few minutes later led to Firmino putting the ball on a plate for Sadio Mane, and the Senegal international was more than happy to slot the ball home with relative ease to give his side a two-goal advantage.
In the second half Burnley started to pour forward in numbers, making it known that they weren’t going to go down without a fight. With ten minutes remaining, though, the league leaders ensured that they would end the weekend at the top of the mountain as Firmino played a nice one-two with Salah before slotting in a lovely effort to make it 3-0.
Burnley will now turn their attention towards a trip to Brighton & Hove Albion in a fortnight, which should give them a pretty good chance at getting back in the win column. Liverpool, on the other hand, will be playing on the very same day, but they’ll be taking on Newcastle United.
It’s going to be an incredibly interesting season when it comes to the title race and everything that comes along with that, but one thing is for sure, Liverpool are going to be right there in the mix by the time May rolls around.
Burnley: Pope (6), Pieters (7), Mee (5.5), Tarkowski (6.5), Lowton (6), McNeil (6.5), Cork (6), Westwood (6), Lennon (6), Wood (5.5), Barnes (6), Rodriguez (6)
Liverpool: Adrian (7), Robertson (7), Matip (6), van Dijk (7), Alexander-Arnold (8), Wijnaldum (6), Fabinho (6), Henderson (7), Mane (7), Firmino (7), Salah (7), Oxlade-Chamberlain (6.5), Shaqiri (N/A), Origi (N/A)
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Goals: Wood OG, Mane, Firmino
Yellow Cards: N/A
Red Cards: N/A
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