Just 8 days after putting Arsenal to the sword, Liverpool were back in the action, this time to face a Burnley side who have picked up just two points away from home all season.
So, naturally, they were expected to win at Anfield.
It’s no secret that Liverpool struggle against the ‘weaker’ sides in the Premier League and tend to do better against the top teams. Infact, Jurgen Klopp is yet to lose a game against a Premier League rival in the league. So was Saturday’s match to be the same?
After 7 minutes, it seemed so. Burnley started the march brightly and after 7-minutes right back Matt Lowton sent in a delicious low-pass into a dangerous area for Ashley Barnes to silence the Kop with a decent finish. The Clarets refused to sit back and peppered the Liverpool penalty area with long-balls hoping to extent their lead and add to the doom and gloom that had descended into Anfield once more. Liverpool lacked ideas going forward and there were no real chances for 45 minutes, but all the Reds needed was one to level things.
Divock Origi feathered a ball into the Burnley box and Gini Wijnaldum tried an unorthodox flick towards goal which was blocked but the ball felt kindly to the Dutchman who made no mistake from 8-yards out and slotted home his 4th goal in his last 6 Anfield appearances. Liverpool began the second-half where they left off and continued to attack Burnley’s goal and racking up the corners, but to no avail. It was an off day for Phillippe Coutinho who grew frustrated with his own performance and was hauled off just before the hour mark for fan-favourite Ben Woodburn. Jurgen Klopp’s side continued to boss the game but there was no real break-through.
Cometh the hour, cometh the Can.
The ball was rolled to Emre Can about 40-yards out who powered forward before unleashing a low, hard drive towards Tom Heaton’s goal which flew into the bottom corner, much to the delight of the German who followed up his beauty with a solid knee-slide towards the Kop.
The game was far from over and this was clear as Burnley came out of their shell and started to bomb long-balls into the box as the Anfield faithful grew nervous. Lucas Leiva was brought on in place of Divock Origi as the Reds looked to shut up shop but the introduction of Sam Vokes spelt trouble for the hosts and rightly so. In the dying moments a long-throw fell to Lowton who spooned his effort high over the bar as Anfield breathed a sigh of relief.
Liverpool held on for a huge 3 points to move 5 clear of Arsenal in 5th (who have 2 games in hand).
Next up for Liverpool is a trip to the
Emptihad Etihad Stadium where they face a Manchester City side who are starting to find some form, but Jurgen Klopp’s record against the Sky Blues speaks for itself. Up the Reds.
Premier League MOTM: Emre Can.