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Liverpool Beat Burnley to Keep 100% Record


Ahmed Ahmed

Sun, 01 Sep 2019 01:15 GMT

Liverpool beat Burnley 3-0 on Saturday, August 31, making four wins from four games in the Premier League this season. An own goal from Chris Wood plus goals from Sadio Mane from Roberto Firmino gave the Reds an easy victory.

Burnley almost took the lead early on as Wood's effort was tipped wide by goalkeeper Adrian in the third minute. Moments later Mo Salah's effort from the edge of the box came back off the post.

Salah again went close in the 19th minute. The Egyptian was put through by Jordan Henderson's pass but was denied by goalkeeper Nick Pope. Liverpool took the lead just after the half hour mark in bizarre circumstances. Alexander-Arnold's cross deflected off Wood and looped into the net.

Moments later, the visitors doubled their lead. A counter-attack led to Firmino racing through before finding Mane who slotted the ball into the back of the net.

The away side were putting pressure on the Burnley defence as they continued to remain in the ascendancy in the second half. Both Salah and Firmino went close as the Reds went in search of a third.

Liverpool finally wrapped up the victory in the 81st minute. A counter-attack led to Salah finding Firmino on the edge of the box, and the Brazilian fired the ball into the bottom corner.

Burnley had a chance for a late consolation, but Jay Rodriguez was denied by Adrian after being put clean through on goal.

AFP reported that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he was surprised by his side brilliant start to the season. "If you asked me four weeks ago, I wouldn't expect it would happen," said Klopp.

"We had a tricky pre-season. No pre-season for the front three but they still deliver. So far, so good."

The German manager also praised his side's defensive performance. "We controlled the game as much as you can," added Klopp. "Wood and (Ashley) Barnes fight so hard for these balls, and we defended it really well. We were aggressive but gave away no fouls, we worked our socks off."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche admitted Liverpool were the better side. "On transition they are deadly," Dyche added. "We gave them too many cheap turnovers in dangerous areas. They were the better side and deserved to win the game, but 3-0 doesn't really reflect the game."