Burnley - Liverpool
recorded a club record 13th consecutive Premier League win to move back
to the top of the table with minimal fuss courtesy of a 3-0 victory at
Burnley on Saturday.
Two goals in four first-half minutes swung the game decisively in the
visitors' favour as Chris Wood deflected Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross
into his own net before Sadio Mane's cool finish on the counter-attack
doubled Liverpool's advantage.
Roberto Firmino then rounded off the scoring 10 minutes from time as
the Reds maintained their 100 percent start to the season after four
Victory takes the European champions back two points clear of
Manchester City, who were also in dominant form to beat Brighton 4-0
earlier in the day.
Burnley were left to rue missing the first big chance of the match
when Wood got in behind the Liverpool defence just three minutes in and
turned Virgil van Dijk, but the New Zealander's shot was just too close
to Adrian, who palmed the ball to safety.
Liverpool went straight down the other end and were inches away from
an early lead themselves when Mohamed Salah's fiercely struck effort
came back off the post.
The Egyptian then did not get the break of the ball as Burnley
goalkeeper Nick Pope's clearance bounced off Salah and inches wide.
However, fortune did favour Jurgen Klopp's men 12 minutes before half-time.
Alexander-Arnold was clearly looking to deliver a cross into the box,
but the ball flicked off Wood and looped over Pope into the far corner.
Burnley then played a huge part in their own downfall moments later
when Ben Mee gifted possession to Firmino inside the hosts' half.
Firmino strode forward before releasing a perfect pass so Mane did not have to break his stride in finding the bottom corner.
Liverpool could ease off the gas after the break to record their
first clean sheet of the season as Burnley rarely threatened to get back
into the game.
Firmino became the first Brazilian to score 50 Premier League goals when he found the bottom corner from just outside the box.
However, there was one flash point that will not have pleased Klopp
as Mane reacted angrily after being substituted moments after Salah
choose to go for goal himself rather than squaring for his teammate, who
appeared in a better position.