Burnley 0-3 Liverpool: Ratings as Reds take driving seat in top four race

DON KOPLEONE rates the Reds after what turned out to be a comfortable victory at Turf Moor.

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This game always had slip-up potential, and I doubt too many Reds felt too confident heading into the trip to Turf Moor.

Although Burnley’s recent home record against the big six is poor, this was exactly the kind of game that usually has Liverpool fans tearing their hair out.

But, after the hosts had fluffed a couple of first-half chances, Roberto Firmino swiped home from near the penalty spot to open proceedings.

And it was not too deep into the second half before Nat Phillips doubled the visitors’ advantage, his first goal for the team.


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Time ticked on and Liverpool began to look more comfortable. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, off the bench, fired inside the near post to seal the points.

A huge win, now onto Sunday – but first, here are your ratings:

Starting XI

Ali 7.5 – Made a huge first half save, and I cannot forget that he’s scored a goal this very week… Dealt with the aerials presented.

Trent 6.5 – A step behind his recent performances, but not bad by any means.

Natty P 8 – Key goal, clean sheet, clearance off the line… Man of the match.

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Rhys 6.5 – Some highs and some lows. But let’s focus on the good, and Rhys cut across at a couple of important moments.

Robbo 7.5 – Erratic first twenty were followed by two assists, even if the first was more deserved than the second.

ThiaGOAT 7 – Settling nicely into this playmaking role, now he has the assurance of a sitting Fabinho.

Fab 6.5 – Unexpectedly bullied off the ball at one point in the first half. Otherwise, showed the quality we have come to expect from the Brazilian.

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Gini 6 – Really not hitting peak form just before his expected departure. Hardly gave the ball away, though.

Mo 6 – Wasted a couple of opportunities when seemingly through.

Bobby 7.5 – Miscued one chance wide before burying the crucial opener.

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Sadio 7 – Missed a good early chance but his back-heeled pass should have been converted by Firmino.

Subs

Milly 6.5 – Never put a foot wrong, as is custom.

Ox 7.5 – Reminded us of his quality with a superb late effort.


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