Liverpool vs Burnley Review: Klopp’s men avenge last season’s humiliation with a strong win.

It was an eventful match, which truly marked the return of the Reds to their former glory. This was the message which Liverpool sent when they cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Burnley. Liverpool celebrated the return of fans to the Anfield stadium by extending their 100 percent start to the season as Diego Jota and Sadio Mane made their dominance felt in front of the ecstatic home fans.

50,000 plus fans were singing “You will never walk alone” as they greeted the players onto the pitch. Liverpool had finally decided to infuse some fresh blood into their starting 11, giving 18-year-old Elliot a chance to make his mark. Burnley on the other hand decided to go ahead with two changes following their defeat to Brighton, slotting in Ashley Barnes and Josh Brownhill. Burnley also decided to make quite a statement by announcing the first lineup with squad numbers 1-11. Liverpool was raring to pay back tenfold the humiliation they had faced when Burnley had broken their 68-game unbeaten streak, while the Clarets were hoping to revisit those memories once again. The atmosphere was electric, the players ready, and the fans delirious. The players ceremoniously took the knee against racism, and thus the game began.

The First Half:

The first few minutes were dotted with both teams leading charges down their flanks, only to be thwarted by the opposition defence. They were both trying to gauge the capabilities of the players facing them. But it did not take long for the game to come to life, as Jota headed in his second goal of the season at the 18th minute. He made no mistake in catching a pinpoint cross from Tsimikas and calmly placing it beyond the reach of Pope. This proved to be the trigger for Liverpool to rev all engines and focus their all on the attack. Harvey Elliot was truly justifying his addition to the squad, as he time and again ran and swerved to create chances for his teammates, managing to naturally link up with Salah on the right flank. Burnley was not backing down, constantly trying to break on the counters, forcing Allison to make a few saves.

The game looked decided when Salah latched onto a very precise pass from Elliot to curl a low shot into the corner of the goal, only to have it disallowed by VAR. The Egyptian had apparently managed to get his foot offside. The first half drew to a close with a last-ditch effort from Brighton at the 45th minute, when Tarkowski managed to beat Allison to a long ball from a free kick, only to have his header go just wide of the far post.

The Second Half:

Brighton jumps to life as soon as the second half begins, as Barnes and Lowton link up to finally get the ball into the net only for it to be disallowed as the striker was found to be clearly offside. Liverpool did not sit back and almost bagged a goal when Mane connected with a stray corner ball only to direct a right-footed strike wide of goal. Tsimikas continued to make a case for himself, bombing down the left flank and delivering a cross to Salah, whose strike was blocked by McNeil sliding in the path of its trajectory.

The second half had already gone on for a bit, with both sides exchanging blows, when Mane decidedly tipped the balance in favour of the home side. The Reds had been pushing forth, again and again, trying to get into the opposition box, and they were finally rewarded when Elliot and Trent managed to release the forward through a gaping hole in the Burney defence on the 69th minute. Mane did not miss the opportunity, banging in a half volley past a helpless Pope. After this goal, the game started feeling one-sided, as a fatigued Burnley side continued being bogged down by the relentless attacking and increasing frequency of goalscoring chances. Both teams managed to get all their substitutions in, hoping that a pair of fresh legs would tip the scales again, but the atmosphere remained unchanged. Allison denied Burnley’s last chance at a consolation goal, spreading himself to cancel out Wood’s attempt, who had been let through on goal at the 90+4th minute.

It was an eventful match, which truly marked the return of the Reds to their former glory. This was the message which Liverpool sent when they cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Burnley. Liverpool celebrated the return of fans to the Anfield stadium by extending their 100 percent start to the season as Diego Jota and Sadio Mane made their dominance felt in front of the ecstatic home fans.

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