Wed 31 Jul 2019
18:30Turf Moor (Burnley)
0 : 3
Roberto Firmino 80'
Sadio Mané 37'
Burnley: 14 Sep v Brighton (A)
Liverpool: 14 Sep v Newcastle (H)
Burnley manager Sean Dyche was pleased with his side’s performance and he felt that the scoreline didn’t do justice to efforts put in by his players. He said: "I was pretty pleased with the performance overall. I don't think it ends up a 3-0 game on the actual game. The first one is unlucky and the second one we know is a mistake.
"To be honest, I don't think there was a lot in it. We defended well and we opened them up a few times. We huffed and puffed and had a few moments.
"But they were clinical today. Very good on transition which we know they are. We gave the ball away in so many dangerous positions and you can't do it against these because they will pounce.
"They wait for their moments and when they get their moments they hurt you. That was the biggest difference in the game, on transition."
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp tried to play down the significance of the record of 13 consecutive wins. He said: "The first goal was a bit of a lucky goal but I still think we deserved that we were 1-0 up. The second goal was brilliant, really brilliant.
"I am not proud [of the record number of consecutive wins] in this moment but I am happy it's a record, it's really nice.
"We don't go for these records. This team wants to write their own stories and their own history. They are doing and doing and doing.
"The one thing is the number. The other is, in the thirteenth game of that series, showing the attitude that the boys showed under pressure.
"We have to show respect to our opponents and the boys do that every time."
There were multiple strong candidacies for the Man of the Match accolade in the game. Eventually, Roberto Firmino, who scored one goal and provided one assist, claimed the award. The Brazilian received 40.4% of votes in the official poll on the Premier League website. Sadio Mane finished in the second spot with 26.3% votes.
Fans can still vote for their Burnley vs Liverpool MOTM choice on the Pick8 website.
Liverpool continued their perfect start to the domestic season with a comfortable 3-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor. After four game-weeks in the league, the Reds are the only side to have picked up maximum points, and they currently possess a two-point lead at the summit.
With this win, Jurgen Klopp’s side also made a club-record of 13 consecutive league wins, surpassing the record set by Kenny Dalglish’s side in 1990.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche made a single change to his starting eleven as Aaron Lennon replaced Johann Gudmundsson. Klopp named the same line-up that had claimed a 3-1 home win over Arsenal.
The Clarets made an encouraging start to the game, but soon, the Reds took control of the proceedings. Mohamed Salah had a couple of decent chances early on before Chris Wood’s own goal broke the deadlock in the 33rd-minute. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross hit Wood on the back before looping over Nick Pope’s head into the net. Three minutes later, Ben Mee’s error allowed Roberto Firmino to slid in Sadio Mane, who calmly slotted the ball into Burnley’s net.
The hosts looked like a much-improved for the majority of the second half and also managed to keep Liverpool attackers at bay. However, the result was sealed and shut when Salah set up Firmino for the third goal in the 80th-minute.
With the win, Liverpool reoccupied their top spot from Manchester City, who had gone top for a brief period following their 4-0 win over Brighton. Meanwhile, Burnley have dropped to the 11th spot with four points from their share of games.
The Reds have now scored three or more goals in three of their four games, and it seems it would take a special performance to end their perfect start.
The visitors enjoyed the major share of the ball with 63.8% possession. They also produced seven shots on target in comparison to Burnley’s two.
Liverpool are currently on a three-game winning run against Burnley in Premier League, including a 1-3 win in the corresponding fixture.
The Reds have won eight and lost only one of their ten Premier League meetings with Burnley.
Burnley host league contenders Liverpool in a late Saturday kick-off at Turf Moor. The fourth round Premier League fixture begins at 17:30 on 31st August.
The Clarets don’t enjoy an easy start of the season, and it gets even more difficult with Liverpool’s visit. On their day, Burnley are well capable of upsetting the odds at home, and we don’t expect Liverpool to enjoy an easy ride.
However, the Reds rarely dropped points last season, and they should be winning such games if they hope to challenge for the title again.
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