Liverpool go back top with record-breaking win

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Liverpool  moved back to the top of the Premier League table with a dominant 3-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor – a club record 13th consecutive league victory.

Chris Wood was unfortunate to deflect Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross beyond his own goalkeeper in the 33rd minute and Sadio Mane doubled the lead soon after.
Roberto Firmino sealed the points late on to maintain Liverpool’s perfect start as they broke their record of 12 consecutive league victories set under Kenny Dalglish in 1990.

Burnley: Pope (6); Lowton (5), Tarkowski (7), Mee (5), Pieters (6); Lennon (6), Westwood (6), Cork (7), McNeil (7); Wood (5), Barnes (6).

Subs: Rodriguez (6).

Liverpool: Adrian (7); Alexander-Arnold (7), Matip (6), Van Dijk (8), Robertson (7); Fabinho (7), Henderson (7), Wijnaldum (6); Salah (7), Firmino (8), Mane (7).

Subs: Oxlade-Chamberlain (6), Origi (6), Shaqiri (6).

Man of the match: Roberto Firmino

How the game unfolded
Burnley had looked lively early on and had the first opportunity of the game when Wood forced a smart low save from Adrian after running in behind Virgil van Dijk.

Team news
Burnley were forced into their first line-up change of the season as the injured Johann Gudmundsson was replaced by Aaron Lennon. Liverpool named the same starting line-up that beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield the previous weekend.

But Liverpool’s threat was soon apparent with Mohamed Salah twice going close to making the breakthrough.

He hit the inside of the post with an ambitious shot on the angle and then saw Nick Pope’s attempt to smother the ball at his feet ricochet back off him and go just wide of the post.

Pope did well on that occasion but was outfoxed later in the half for the opening goal as Alexander-Arnold’s cross caught Wood on the back and looped over his head.

That seemed to fluster Burnley because Ben Mee promptly gave the ball away, allowing Roberto Firmino to play in Mane who calmly slotted home for his 16th Premier League goal of 2019.

Burnley huffed and puffed in the second half but struggled for fluency and when Salah set up Firmino to drive home in the 80th minute, any lingering hope of a comeback was over.

The win lifts Liverpool back to where they had started the day – top of the table having been briefly displaced by Manchester City who comfortably beat Brighton. The rivalry continues.

What’s next?
There is an international break before these teams are in action again. Burnley travel to Brighton while Liverpool host Newcastle at Anfield.