Friday 28 April 2017

Liverpool v Burnley story of the match

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring Liverpool's first goal
Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring Liverpool's first goal

Liverpool strengthened their hold on fourth place in the Premier League by coming from behind to beat Burnley 2-1 at Anfield.

Ashley Barnes gave the visitors a great start with a seventh-minute goal and Liverpool scarcely deserved the equaliser scored by Georginio Wijnaldum in the final act of the first half.

Jurgen Klopp's side hardly shone after the break either but Emre Can's long-range effort earned them a vital three points.

TWEET OF THE DAY

"EMRE CAN!! GET IN!!!" - The official Liverpool Twitter account - @LFC - with the club's view on Emre Can's winning goal.

STAR MAN

Michael Keane. It remains to be seen how long Burnley can hold onto the former Manchester United defender, and performances like this will only attract more attention. Keane left Divock Origi feeding off scraps and it was tough to remember him missing a single header or interception. Did not deserve to finish on the losing side.

STAT OF THE MATCH

Barnes' goal was Burnley's first at Anfield since a 1-1 draw in the League Cup in 1975. They had failed to score on their last eight visits.

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

There was nothing pretty about this Liverpool performance, but scrappy wins are what Klopp's side have been lacking so the German had reason to be pleased. The victory could not mask the Reds' shortcomings, though, with Origi - Klopp's only fit striker - a peripheral figure and chances at a premium. Sean Dyche would have settled for restricting Liverpool to three shots on target but unfortunately for Burnley the first two went in. A performance with much to admire but the search for a first away win of the season continues.

PLAYER RATINGS

LIVERPOOL

Simon Mignolet: 6

Nathaniel Clyne: 6

Joel Matip: 6

Ragnar Klavan: 6

James Milner: 6

Emre Can: 6

Georginio Wijnaldum: 6

Adam Lallana: 6

Sadio Mane: 6

Philippe Coutinho: 5

Divock Origi: 5

Substitutes

Ben Woodburn (for Coutinho, 61): 6

Lucas Leiva (for Origi, 79): 6

BURNLEY

Tom Heaton: 6

Matthew Lowton: 7

Michael Keane: 8

Ben Mee: 7

Stephen Ward: 7

Joey Barton: 7

Jeff Hendrick: 7

George Boyd: 7

Scott Arfield: 7

Ashley Barnes: 7

Andre Gray: 7

Substitutes

Robbie Brady: (Boyd, 73) 6

Sam Vokes: (Gray, 80) 5

Dan Agyei: (for Arfield, 90) 5

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