Burnley – Cork (54’)
Liverpool – Milner (62’), Firmino (69’), Shaqiri (90+1’)
Liverpool comes from behind to defeat Burnley 3-1 in a hard-fought win at Turf Moor.
After a goal-less first half, it was Burnley’s Jack Cork that broke the deadlock to make it 1-0 to the home side.
Liverpool was quick to react and James Milner put the visitors level less than 10 minutes later with a bullet from just outside the box.
The Reds then went on to extend their lead through substitute Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri, meaning they remain unbeaten in the league so far this season.
Jurgen Klopp made 8 changes to the side that started against Everton at the weekend, with Joe Gomez shifting to right back and Joel Matip coming into partner Virgil Van Dijk in the center.
Alberto Moreno came in to replace Andrew Robertson and Klopp opted for an entirely changed midfield three of Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, and James Milner.
The Liverpool boss also took a gamble by leaving out the usual front three, giving opportunities to Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi, and Daniel Sturridge – a gamble that fortunately paid off.
It looked a rather disjointed first half from the Reds, which was understandable given the changes to the starting eleven.
But matters got worse for Liverpool early on as Joe Gomez was stretchered off early on with an ankle injury and had to be replaced by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The home side also had a goal ruled off-side on the brink of half-time as Robert Brady floated in an excellent ball that found Ashley Barnes, it was a left off for Liverpool.
Klopp would’ve been disappointed to see his side concede from a set piece early in the second-half when Jack Cork was first to react to Alisson’s mishandling after a corner.
It looked like it was going to be one of those days for Liverpool until Origi was able to feed the ball to James Milner, who fired home from just outside the box and put the visitor’s level.
Alberto Moreno and Origi then made way for Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, with the latter making an instant impact. Virgil Van Dijk was able to reach an Alexander-Arnold free kick and cut-back towards Firmino who slotted the ball into the back of the net.
Liverpool was able to come through late pressure from Burnley and Alisson was able to set them onto a quick counter-attack after making an outstanding save. Salah was able to find Shaqiri who took a touch and fired past Joe Hart in stoppage time.
It was an impressive display from the reds, more so due to the early set-back with Gomez being stretchered off. Klopp will be left sweating over the young defender’s fitness as Christmas fixtures come thick and fast.
Player and Manager Ratings:
Alisson – 8 (Saved Liverpool yet again, could’ve done better to control the ball in the build-up to the Burnley goal. He did make an outstanding save late on and set Liverpool on the counter which led to the third goal).
Joe Gomez – 7 (Played well and was unfortunate to get injured, will be devastating for the lad if he’s sidelined for an extended period of time, has been incredible so far this season).
Joel Matip – 7 (Made some crucial tackles and blocks. Looked slow but grew into the game).
Van Dijk – 8 (Solid as always, this time his assist was intentional).
Moreno – 6 (Looked shaky at times, but was decent).
Henderson – 7 (Slipped over which was quite funny. Not his best night but got the job done, didn’t stop running).
Milner – 8 (Scored a brilliant goal. Looked good at left-back as well).
Keita – 8 (Extremely unlucky not to be on the scoresheet, drew a few outstanding saved from Hart. The spark Liverpool have seemingly been lacking. Ladies and gentleman, Naby Keita has arrived).
Shaqiri – 8 (His touch was off first-half, but he scored a lovely goal. Seems to pop up everywhere, just doesn’t stop).
Origi – 6 (Got the assist for Milner’s goal and given he hasn’t started for Liverpool since 2017, did a fairly good job).
Sturridge – 6 (Was involved in the first goal and did draw a save from Hart. Other than that, his influence was minimal).
Alexander-Arnold – 7 (Delivery improved from the weekend. Influential in the second goal).
Salah – 7 (Set up Shaq’s goal and drew a save from Hart. A threat as always).
Firmino – 8 (Scored with his first touch of the game. Enough said).
Manager Rating: Klopp – 8 (Took a risk in his team selection which fortunately paid off. His subs were spot on).
Hart – 7 (Made some crucial saves to keep Burnley in the game).
Bardsley – 7 (Made an important block late on to deny Naby Keita. Fired wide after a corner in the first-half).
Tarkowski – 6 (Could’ve done better for the Liverpool goals, got spun by James Milner. Played a part in the Burnley goal though).
Mee – 6 (Unnecessary sliding challenge that led to Gomez’s injury. Had a header saved).
Taylor – 6 (Was involved in creating a few chances, didn’t do much else).
Gudmundsson – 6 (It was his corner that led to Burnley’s goal, helped create a few chances).
Cork – 7 (Was able to finish with a tap-in. Was his first Premier League goal since April).
Brady – 7 (Also flew into Gomez early on. Played a part in the disallowed goal).
Westwood – 6 (Had a shot comfortably saved by Alisson at 1-2).
Barnes – 8 (Looked a threat. Popped up with a stunning finish, unfortunately for him it was offside).
Wood – (It was his shot Alisson saved before Burnley’s goal. Headed wide. Looked threatening).
Lennon – 5 (Didn’t really do much when he came on).
Vokes – 5 (Didn’t have much time to make an impact for the home side).
Vydra – 5 (Booked three minutes after coming on for a foul on Keita).
Manager Rating: Sean Dyche – 6 (Did well to keep Liverpool at bay first-half, albeit a much weaker Liverpool side. Saw his team go 1-0 up, quite remarkable given the small number of goals Liverpool have conceded this season. Looked angry at the final whistle and exchanged a few words with Klopp, although nobody knows what about).
Liverpool next faces Bournemouth in the early kick-off on Saturday. They will travel to the south-coast hoping to keep their unbeaten run going and keep Manchester City on their toes. Will be a tough test given the form of Bournemouth this season and the threat of Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser etc. They will hopefully be able to field a stronger eleven, although Klopp may have one eye on Napoli and Manchester United.
Burnley host Brighton on Saturday in a three o clock kick off. Brighton sits much higher in the table in 10thwhereas Burnley sit in the relegation zone on just 9 points. It’s been a disappointing start to the season for Dyche’s men, but they will be hoping to get a result against a good Brighton side and potentially see a change in form. This is a must-win game for the Clarets as they face both Arsenal and Tottenham away this month, fixtures where they may struggle to pick up points.
By Hannah Pinnock