Liverpool surged back to the top of the Premier League after a hard-fought 3-1 victory against Burnley at Anfield on Saturday. It wasn’t an easy ride, though, as Burnley put up a strong fight, keeping the game tense until the end.
With this win, Liverpool now sits on 54 points, edging two points ahead of Manchester City, who still have a game in hand. On the other hand, Burnley remains second from the bottom with 13 points.
The match saw goals from Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, and Darwin Nunez, securing the win for Liverpool after initially being leveled by Dara O’Shea’s goal for Burnley.
Before this game, Manchester City’s win over Everton had momentarily pushed them ahead in the standings, setting up a crucial fixture for Liverpool. Despite the high expectations from the home crowd, Burnley managed to keep Liverpool on their toes, especially in the early stages.
Liverpool had to deal with some key absentees, including Alisson and Joe Gomez due to illness, as well as the suspended Ibrahima Konate. Andy Robertson made a comeback to the starting lineup after a hiatus since October, while Wataru Endo returned from international duty.
Although Burnley posed threats early on, Liverpool gradually found their rhythm, capitalizing on a mistake by Burnley keeper James Trafford from a corner, allowing Jota to head in the opener.
Burnley, however, remained resilient, equalizing just before halftime through O’Shea’s powerful header. Nonetheless, Liverpool came out stronger in the second half, reclaiming the lead with Diaz’s header.
Despite Burnley’s efforts to level the score again, Liverpool held firm, with goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher making crucial saves. Liverpool eventually sealed the win with Nunez’s header, securing all three points.
Overall, it was a hard-fought victory for Liverpool, with manager Jurgen Klopp acknowledging Burnley’s challenging performance while praising his team’s resilience and clinical finishing.