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Player Ratings: Liverpool 3-0 Burnley

Jurgen Klopp’s side broke a club record – with 13 league wins in a row after their 3-0 win against Burnley.

The win and clean sheet put the Reds back to the top of the Premier League table heading into the international break.

The very loosely officiated game started off quite exciting. Chris Wood missed a golden opportunity early on and Mohamed Salah’s curling shot was saved by Pope’s fingertips.

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It wasn’t long before a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross found its way to the back of the net, fooling everyone in the process.

Instead of taking its customary route, the ball refused to curve and flew straight over the helpless Pope.

Mane then doubled the lead before the half with a clinical finish and Bobby capped off the win with a second-half strike.

Player Ratings

Adrian – 7

The Spaniard had a much quieter away game in comparison to the Southampton game a fortnight ago.

However, he did exceedingly well when called upon. Dominating from corners and providing pivotal saves from the offset.

Trent Alexander Arnold – 8

Struggled with the pace of Burnley winger Dwight McNeil in the opening stages of the game, but soon adjusted and shut him out.

His distribution was brilliant and often found his teammates with great ease, even finding Mané with his weaker foot via a lofted ball.

Joel Matip – 7

An efficient performance from the 6’4″ Cameroonian defender.

Again displaying why he is ahead of Joe Gomez in the centre back pecking order, as he didn’t put a foot wrong.

Virgil van Dijk – 7

The Dutchman’s first game after being crowned UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award for 2018-19 was flawless as ever.

He once again marshalled the backline and mitigated Burnley’s attacking threat.

Andrew Robertson – 7

It could be argued that the flying Scotsman has had a slow start to the season — zero assists so far.

However, his defensive capabilities have not meandered at all, with a solid workmanlike performance.

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Fabinho – 8

Fast becoming a fan’s favourite for Liverpool fans since his arrival last summer, and his performance justified this.

Ever present in Liverpool’s midfield, as he made some crucial interceptions and tracked back to stop Burnley’s counters when necessary.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6.5

Another industrious performance by Wijnaldum and it is clear to see why Jurgen Klopp trusts him so much. He shielded the ball against the opposition and intercepted crucial balls.

However, it can be argued he should have scored when put through by Mohamed Salah, instead of opting to try and dribble around the Burnley goalkeeper.

Jordan Henderson – 7

A very impressive performance by the skipper. It is clear to see that he performs much better as a box-to-box than as a Number 6.

He provided a great lofted ball that took two defenders out of the game, to Mohamed Salah, who should’ve scored. Was often seen out wide as an overlap option too.

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Mohamed Salah – 8

Tested the woodwork in the fourth minute following a good pass by Sadio Mane, however, that was the closest the Egyptian got to scoring.

He should have scored at least once today, and almost did again in the 20th minute, if it wasn’t for his touch letting him down. Ran Erik Pieters ragged all game.

Roberto Firmino – 9

A mesmerising performance from the Brazillian. Defended from the front foot, and even fashioned his own chance after the hour mark as he stole the ball from Mee before turning to shoot.

Brought other players into the game, created chances for others, and scored a deserved goal to cap off a stellar performance. Man of the match.

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Sadio Mane – 8

Another energetic performance from the Senegalese international. Tracked back to aid Robertson when needed and looked to bring other players into the game with his vision and passing range.

His ice cool, side-footed finish found the net the near post in the 38th minute following Roberto Firmino’s pass.

Substitutions

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6

A much needed 20-minute cameo for Chamberlain who is still working on getting back up to speed following his injury against Roma in April last year. Nevertheless, he should have done better when put through on goal by Salah following a quick counter-attack.

Divock Origi: N/A

Xherdan Shaqiri: N/A

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