By Matthew Ramirez – @Matt_J_Ramirez
An own goal from Chris Wood opened the scoring for the Reds, before Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino rounded off the win for Jurgen Klopp’s men. The visitors never had to get into top gear, but the victory was still convincing.
A quick start to the match saw both sides almost open the scoring within the first five minutes. Wood escaped the presence of UEFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk to test Adrián, before a quick Liverpool breakaway saw Salah rattle Nick Pope’s post from the edge of the area.
Following the opening minutes, Liverpool began to take control of the game, keeping the bulk of possession and looking the most dangerous despite not carving out any clear cut chances. Liverpool continued to press, however, and eventually found the opening goal with a large slice of luck.
Attacking down the right wing with Jordan Henderson, the captain passed the ball back towards Trent Alexander-Arnold who readied himself for a cross. The Scouser whipped his foot round the ball first time as he looked to deliver a pinpoint cross but saw it flick off the back of Wood and sail into the corner of Pope’s goal. After 33 minutes, the Reds had the lead.
Following the opening goal, the Reds piled on the pressure and quickly found a second after forcing a mistake from Burnley defender Ben Mee.
Mee, who found the ball at his feet, played a lose ball straight to Roberto Firmino who charged at the two man Burnley defence. With Mané and Salah either side of him, the Brazilian was spoilt for choice and laid the ball on to his Senegalese strike partner who finished expertly in the bottom right corner in the 37th minute.
The second goal seemed to wake up the Burnley players as the home side rallied to threaten the Liverpool goal toward the end of the half. Fortunately for Klopp and his men, the Clarets weren’t able to get a goal back and the half ended 2-0.
Unlike the first half, the second proved to be a rather dull affair with neither side forging any clear cut chances.
One of Liverpool’s better chances of the half could be seen to be a missed opportunity as Salah opted to shoot from distance instead of playing in Firmino who was in acres of pace inside the Burnley box. The Egyptians greed was met with anger from Klopp, who’s reaction provided a contender for highlight of the match.
The game continued in a rather uneventful manner until Firmino struck in the 80th minute to become the first Brazilian to score 50 Premier League goals.
A breakaway launched by the striker saw Salah unleashed out wide. As the Egyptian tormented the back-peddling Burnley defence Firmino burst forward, arriving at the edge of box and pinching the ball off his strike partner to score the third.
The Reds saw off the remaining ten minutes of football relatively unchallenged as they reclaimed top spot in the league. The win sees Liverpool make club history as they recorded their 13th Premier League victory in a row.
With the international break looming, Liverpool now have a two week wait until their next fixture when they welcome Newcastle United to Anfield.