19th place Burnley met 2nd place Liverpool in a 1-sided fixture on paper, but off it, we certainly had a proper battle for the 3 precious points. Jurgen Klopp’s men wanted to bridge the gap between them and the champions to just 2 points, however, Burnley needed to get out of the relegation zone.
The 1st half was Burnley’s. They were sliding in with intent, launching the ball forward with optimism and the stadium just aided to it with continuous cheering at the Turf Moor. Joe Gomez was the 1st victim to get stretchered off with such intensity. Daniel Sturridge and Origi did have meager chances of putting the Reds in front but failed. Big Virgil Van Dijk and Lovren handled the Burnley offense smartly, communicating with the backs constantly. However, Ashley Barnes had the ball in the back of the net on 40 minutes with an outstanding first-time volley from a ball over the Liverpool defense, but the goal was ruled out for offside and the teams went to the dressing room locked in a goalless draw.
Both the sides arrived at the second half with an offensive approach with the home side first to pounce. Jack Cork scored from a corner with an emphatic kick with the ball slipping from Allison’s hands. The keeper should’ve got a foul in his favor, but didn’t. Liverpool replied with the consistent James Milner scoring from outside the back in the corner. The momentum was with Liverpool. Trent Alexander Arnold fizzed in a cross, for Van Dijk to pass in the ball to Firmino with another tap-in, however, wasn’t a no-look this time. To sure things up, SAlah crossed in for Shaqiri to score. Burnley were finished. The match ended 3-1 to the away side.
Liverpool remained in 2nd place, just 2 points behind Man City. 12 wins and 2 draws from the first 15 matches is Liverpool’s best start in 126 years. It is clear that this year’s premier league can only be won by 2 sides- Man City and Liverpool.