A heavily rotated Liverpool came from behind to score 3 goals in 30 minutes against Burnley at Turf Moor this evening to stay within 2 points of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League and extend their unbeaten start in the league.
The first-half was something of a nothing affair between the two sides, with Naby Keita the only bright spark in 45 minutes which produced little talking points, bar an unfortunate ankle injury for Joe Gomez which leaves him facing a spell on the side-lines.
It looked like being one of those days for Liverpool in the second half when an excellent fizzing shot by Keita was pushed onto the woodwork by Joe Hart, while against the narrative, Jack Cork put Burnley ahead at the 60th minute in controversial fashion when he seemed to kick the ball out of Alisson’s grasp.
In previous seasons, we’d have been accepting of a defeat in the circumstances, but Klopp’s men dug deep and James Milner equalised shortly after with a superb low driven shot into the corner.
In something of a rarity, it was actually Klopp’s substitutions which ultimately won the game for Liverpool, with his decision to bring on both Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah paying dividends after Firmino managed to put Liverpool ahead with his first touch of the ball.
Xherdan Shaqiri put the result in no doubt by scoring Liverpool’s third in the dying seconds with a counterattack that started after a magnificent save from Alisson to deny Burnley from equalising.
The win again closed the gap between the Reds and Manchester City to only 2 points, with the two teams gradually widening the gap between the rest of the pack — there is currently a 6 point gap between Liverpool and third place Spurs.
Liverpool have a chance to go top of the table with Saturday’s visit to Bournemouth and put the pressure on Man City in what is turning out to be an extraordinary title race.