By Scott Mason – @ScottMason00
Liverpool have extended their unbeaten Premier League run to 13 games – a new club record – as Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Sean Dyche’s Burnley 3-0 at Turf Moor.
Goals from Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino as well as a Chris Wood own goal forced by Trent Alexander-Arnold would secure all three points for Klopp’s side.
It wasn’t just the team that would break a record against Burnley. Firmino’s second-half strike was his 50th Premier League goal – he became the first Brazilian to reach a half century of goals in England’s top flight.
He has started the new season in fine form and against Burnley he showed up once again. The No.9 scored and assisted in the 3-0 win taking his total to four goal contributions (two goals and two assists) in as many games.
Firmino created Liverpool’s second goal only four minutes after the Reds’ opener. In the 37th minute, Bobby would capitalise on a defensive mistake – Ben Mee’s short pass was intercepted by the forward, who then sprinted towards the Clarets’ net before releasing the ball to Mané who finished coolly.
The forward, who cost the Reds £29m, would later add a goal to his fantastic performance. In the 80th minute, Firmino unleashed a through ball into the path of Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian dribbled with the ball towards the goal but, after losing control of the ball for a split second, his South American teammate pounced on the opportunity and fired a powerful low shot into the bottom left corner.
Firmino was did his defensive work well too – he won four out of the six aerial duels he was involved in and was also successful in his only attempted tackle.
Overall, Liverpool’s charismatic Brazilian forward has started off the campaign in terrific fashion. The Reds will be even more dangerous moving forward if he is able to consistently perform at the level he has showed so far. This latest milestone of fifty Premier League goals will hopefully give a confidence boost to an already self-assured player.
Liverpool’s next game is on September 14th when they host Newcastle at Anfield after the international break.