Even though Jurgen Klopp‘s side took the victory, Sean Dyche’s men did not fail to make life difficult for the visitors. Jay Rodriguez and new signing Wout Weghorst came close multiple times in the first half but could not capitalize thanks to the heroics from the Reds’ GK Alisson Becker.
The visitors kept pushing for the lead and bagged it in the 40th minute. A header from Sadio Mane following a corner was enough to set up Fabinho to net the ball in past Burnley GK Nick Pope. While both teams kept pushing for a goal in the second half, neither could make most of the opportunities with both GKs being on top of their game. The sole goal was enough to keep both teams apart as the evening concluded 0-1.
The win closed the gap between the Reds and table-toppers Manchester City.
Liverpool Player Ratings vs Burnley
Alisson Becker (GK) (9): The GK had a busy night as he had to make 5 crucial saves. Did everything to keep out the opposition. Rewarded with a clean sheet.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) (7): Created multiple chances up the pitch. Part of Fabinho’s goal set up.
Joel Matip (CB) (7): Won most of the aerial duels and was effective enough to keep out Weghorst for the most part.
Virgil Van Dijk (CB) (7): Cancelled all threats well and made important clearances.
Andrew Robertson (LB) (7.5): Linked up well with Mane. Did his fair share of defensive duties.
Jordan Henderson (CM) (6): Had a knock and booking in the first half. Could only last for an hour.
Fabinho (CM) (8.5): No mistakes during defensive duties and canceled out most of the opposition’s attacks.
Naby Keita (CM) (7): Made box-to-box runs and took charge of the midfield well.
Mohamed Salah (RW) (6.5): Effectively shut out by Erik Pieters. Created a great chance for Jota who failed to score.
Sadio Mane (LW) (7.5): Set up Fabinho’s goal with a diving header. Menace to deal with on the left flank.
Roberto Firmino (ST) (6): Wasteful with passes and not much input higher up the pitch.
Thiago Alcantara (CM) (7): Created multiple chances with his dribbling and passing.
Diogo Jota (LW) (6): Failed to convert a great chance in the second half.
James Milner (CM) (5): Hardly had any chance to influence the game.
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