Liverpool extended their 100% record in the Premier League by cruising past Burnley 3-0 on a record breaking afternoon at Turf Moor. A Chris Wood own goal and goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino saw the Reds win their 13th consecutive league game, a new club record.
Burnley had the first chance of the game through Chris Wood. The New Zealander cut inside and forced Adrian into a really smart save down to his right. From then on, though, it was all Liverpool.
Mo Salah had Liverpool’s first real chance of the game. The first one was magnificently tipped onto the post by Nick Pope. Fortune favoured the Burnley stopper again as a save rebounded off Salah agonisingly wide of the post on the 20-minute-mark.
Pope, however, was powerless to stop Liverpool going ahead in the 33rd minute. A typical Trent Alexander-Arnold cross took the slightest nick off the back of Chris Wood and looped over Pope’s head. Liverpool finally ahead after half an hour of constant pressure.
Sadio Mane doubled Liverpool’s lead just 5 minutes later. An uncharacteristic mistake from Burnley skipper Ben Mee allowed Firmino to drive at the Burnley back four. He had Mo and Sadio running both sides of him and Bobby picked out Mane who clinically made it 2-0.
The second half started as the first half ended with Liverpool looking the most likely of the two teams to score next. Burnley started to try and get Dwight McNeil into the game more but the youngster was well and truly dealt with by Trent Alexander-Arnold, his best performance of the season by far.
Mo Salah was clearly hungry for a goal as he turned down the option to pass to Firmino (60th minute) and Mane (83rd minute) where both were in better positions than Mo himself. Sadio looked visibly angry as he was substituted whereas Firmino was his usual, smiley self. It didn’t cost us but on another day, it could’ve and I hope that this doesn’t become a regular occurrence.
Burnleys had a couple of chances in the second period, the first being an Ashley Barnes header but the in-form front man could only send the ball flying over Adrian’s crossbar in the 73rd minute.
Jay Rodriguez, fresh from his goal last week, was denied just a couple of minutes later by both the offside flag and Adrian. The Spanish keeper stood tall to expertly deny Rodriguez even though the flag was up.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who came on for the injured Jordan Henderson, stung the palms of Nick Pope in the 79th minute before Firmino made sure the three points were going back to Merseyside just a minute later.
Salah drove at the Burnley back 4, cut back and set up Firmino who finished with precision into the bottom left corner from just outside the box. This goal made Firmino the first Brazilian to reach 50 goals in the Premier League. A testament to a player who doesn’t, and hasn’t played as an out and out number 9.
There was still time for Burnley to be denied a consolation goal by Adrian as the Spaniard flung an arm to deny Rodriguez after it looked like he had committed himself too early. This ensured our first clean sheet of the season.
Liverpool made what is usually a tough place to go look easy. Fabinho a colossus in midfield once again. The Burnley strikers got no change out of Van Dijk and Matip. Our fullbacks impressed and Gini Wijnaldum had another solid game in midfield.
We play Newcastle at Anfield after the international break and with City showing no signs of slowing down, another rollercoaster season could be upon us. Strap yourselves in ladies and gents.
Liverpool, top of the league.