By Lewis Rooke @LV_Rooke
No front three? No problem!
Liverpool came from behind to see off a resilient Burnley side 3-1 at Turf Moor, courtesy of goals from James MIlner, Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri.
They did it despite making seven changes from the Derby win and starting the likes of Alberto Moreno, Joel Matip, Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge – fine by me.
The result keeps the Reds hot on the heels of Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title. But how did the players get on?
Here’s how they rated…
Alisson: 8 – Stunning save in stoppage time to deny Ben Mee a potential equaliser, from which Liverpool countered and got the third goal. Solid throughout the game. He’s pretty sound, our Alisson
Joe Gomez: N/A – Sad to see Gomez go off so soon given how imperious he has been this season. Let’s hope the injury isn’t too serious.
Virgil van Dijk: 8 – Had a powerful header that went right down the throat of Joe Hart from a corner. The Dutchman had his very capable hands full with certified meatheads Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes all game today, but handled it well. Didn’t look absolutely god-like today – probably more like a king than a god. But that’s got a nice ring to it: King Virgil. Cheeky assist as well there. Nice.
Joel Matip: 7 – He might look like his hands are attached to his arms by string, but the Cameroonian didn’t do anything really wrong today. Wasn’t especially amazing though, either.
Alberto Moreno: 6.5 – Despite the wholesale changes, the inclusion of the Jekyll and Hyde Spaniard Alberto Moreno made me soil my kecks the most. A tad reckless at times, but the left-back avoided any of his notorious high-profile mistakes.
Jordan Henderson: 6 – Hmm, a tough one. First half I thought he was way off the pace but grew into the game after the introduction of Salah and Firmino. We’re still yet to see the best of Jordan Henderson this season.
James Milner: 7 – Superb finish for his goal, arrowed into the bottom corner expertly. A typical Milner performance from the Englishman. Solid and dependable.
Naby Keita: 8 – A wonderful run in the second half was nearly capped off with a superb finish, but the Guinean was denied by Hart. Must have felt the world was conspiring against him as another chance was denied by the English stopper on 80 minutes. However, Keita was the best midfielder on the night.
Xherdan Shaqiri: 7.5 – Looked positive when he received the ball but Burnley’s defensive shape made it tough for him to find space to have fun and cause havoc. Eventually got his goal at the end though.
Daniel Sturridge: 6.5 – Had a powerful shot at the start of the second half saved by Joe Hart, but I felt the Englishman was quiet all night. Not the worst, not the best.
Divock Origi: 5 – Loved seeing Divock on the team sheet, safe in the knowledge that his inclusion meant that somewhere out there, there’s an Evertonian hidden under their stairs with his hands over his ears at the mere mention of his name. However, the Belgian couldn’t capitalise on his big chance as he never really got to grips with the game. Substituted early in the second half.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 7 – Wonderful ball into Virgil van Dijk who hit it across the goal for Roberto Firmino to tap in. Looked very mobile down the right flank.
Mo Salah: 8 – His and Firmino’s introduction swung the pendulum quickly in Liverpool’s favour. The Egyptian’s class showed as soon as he stepped onto the pitch, with Burnley noticeably taken aback by his pace and sharpness. Could have had himself a brace, but walked away with an assist. An admirable half an hour’s work.
Roberto Firmino: 8 – Instant impact for the Brazilian hitman who has been suffering a goal drought of late. As with Salah, completely changed the game when he came on, and Liverpool began to dominate in the attacking third as soon as the duo took to the pitch.
Man of the match: Naby Keita