Liverpool 4 Burnley 2: Firmino scores twice as Reds overcome controversial goal to close gap on Man City to a point

Burnley took the lead and the wind was once again playing a part against Liverpool – and you started to wonder whether they were about to blow the title race.


Yet seven days after Jurgen Klopp moaned about the conditions in the 0-0 draw with Everton, Liverpool overcame this setback with a comfortable win.

Two goals for Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were enough to ensure Liverpool are still just one point off Manchester City.

And if they beat Fulham next week, with City in Cup action, Klopp’s men will go into the international break back on top.

It was a nervous but decent enough performance from Liverpool with Adam Lallana impressing in only his fourth start.

Burnley, still in trouble down at the foot of the table, got the perfect start after six minutes.

Joel Matip needlessly conceded a corner following a long ball forward from Charlie Taylor.

Remarkably, Westwood’s corner floated in at the far post with Alisson beaten, although he was clearly being fouled by James Tarkowski.

It was the first goal put past Alisson for 518 minutes and also only the sixth effort Liverpool had conceded from a set-piece his season.

 

Burnley defender Tarkowski was then involved in the equaliser as he – along with keeper Tom Heaton – failed to block a low cross from Mo Salah and Firmino had the easiest of chances from a yard out.

Mane got the second with a brilliant, curling finish to score at Anfield for a sixth game in succession.

Lallana delivered a great block to prevent a clearance from Phil Bardsley and while Taylor managed a brilliant tackle on Salah, the ball fell for Mane and keeper Heaton had no chance.

The wind continued to cause havoc for both teams although Burnley did well to stay in the game.


But it was over in the 69th minute with an easy chance for Firmino in front of the Kop which came from Heaton’s poor goal-kick.

Salah looked certain to score but he took too long, Taylor delivered another fine challenge but yet like the second goal, the ball fell perfectly for Firmino who was never going to miss from seven yards.


The Brazilian has now scored six goals in his last five home League games for Liverpool – as many as his previous 22 combined beforehand.

Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch enjoyed an outstanding reception from the home fans when coming on as a sub with 11 minutes left.

Mane looked certain to make it 4-1 but he hit the bar form a couple of yards out while out-of-form Salah forced a decent save from Heaton.

And that miss threatened to prove costly as Burnley pulled a goal back in stoppage time through Johann Berg Gudmondsson.

The Clarets piled forward looking for an unlikely equaliser but Mane ended any fears og throwing away the win when he rounded Heaton score the fourth.

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