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Burnley 1-3 Liverpool


Roberto Firmino of Liverpool

Liverpool remain unbeaten in the Premier League since 6 May

Substitute Roberto Firmino scored with his first touch as Liverpool came from behind to beat struggling Burnley and stay in touch with leaders Manchester City in the Premier League table.

Jack Cork gave the hosts a surprise lead after Alisson could not gather the ball following a corner but Jurgen Klopp’s side hit back with three goals.

James Milner equalised with a superb low finish from distance and Firmino, one of seven players left out from the side that started against Everton on Sunday, tapped home from Virgil van Dijk’s athletic cutback.

Xherdan Shaqiri ensured Liverpool moved back to within two points of Pep Guardiola’s side with a clinical counter-attack goal moments after Alisson had saved superbly to deny Ben Mee.

Reds dig deep to keep pressure on City

For the first time since May 2017, Klopp started a match without Salah, Firmino or Mane.

This was Liverpool’s 21st competitive game of the campaign and, with a lunchtime kick-off at Bournemouth on Saturday followed by a must-win Champions League game against Napoli on Tuesday, the Liverpool boss made wholesale changes.

For long periods it looked like the German’s decision could backfire.

The Reds were subdued in a first half in which they lost defender Joe Gomez – one of only four survivors from Sunday’s line-up – to injury after he collided with the advertising hoarding following a challenge with Mee.

Nevertheless Clarets keeper Joe Hart still had to save well from Daniel Sturridge and Naby Keita when the game was goalless and the visitors’ evening got worse when they conceded in the top-flight for the first time since 3 November.

Soon after Milner cancelled out Cork’s goal, leading scorer Mohamed Salah and Firmino were introduced and Liverpool finally took control.

Firmino was in the right place to tap home only his second top-flight goal in three months after a terrific assist from Van Dijk while Phil Bardsley cleared another effort by Keita off the line in the closing stages.

In a frantic finish, Alisson stretched to keep out Mee’s header out before Shaqiri finished emphatically after an excellent breakaway involving Sturridge and Salah.

More to follow.

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Match ends, Burnley 1, Liverpool 3.

Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Liverpool 3.

Attempt missed. Phil Bardsley (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

Goal! Burnley 1, Liverpool 3. Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mohamed Salah with a through ball following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Ben Mee (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Naby Keita (Liverpool) because of an injury.

Matej Vydra (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Naby Keita (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matej Vydra (Burnley).

Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Substitution, Burnley. Matej Vydra replaces Ashley Barnes.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Phil Bardsley.

Attempt blocked. Naby Keita (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Naby Keita (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Naby Keita (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Attempt saved. Ashley Westwood (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Johann Gudmundsson.

Offside, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge tries a through ball, but Mohamed Salah is caught offside.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Phil Bardsley.

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

Johann Gudmundsson (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

Offside, Burnley. Ashley Westwood tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

Substitution, Burnley. Sam Vokes replaces Chris Wood.

Substitution, Burnley. Aaron Lennon replaces Robbie Brady.

Goal! Burnley 1, Liverpool 2. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Virgil van Dijk following a set piece situation.

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Burnley).

Substitution, Liverpool. Roberto Firmino replaces Divock Origi.

Substitution, Liverpool. Mohamed Salah replaces Alberto Moreno.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Joel Matip.

Goal! Burnley 1, Liverpool 1. James Milner (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Divock Origi.

Joel Matip (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

Attempt saved. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Phil Bardsley.

Naby Keita (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.