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Premier League 2020-21 Summary: Burnley vs Liverpool

Goals from Roberto Firmino, Nathaniel Phillips and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain helped Liverpool Fc (The Reds) to secure a comfortable 0-3 win over the hosts Burnley Fc in the Premier League.

Georginio Wijnaldum returned to the starting line-up for the Reds crucial Premier League clash with the hosts Burnley Fc (The Clarets).

The Dutchman replaced Curtis Jones as Jürgen Klopp opted to make one change to the side that was deployed against the hosts West Bromwich Albion Fc.

James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were named among the bench after recovering from their injury and illness respectively. 

With the home Supporters following the British Government relaxation of COVID-19 Rules, the Clarets looked to start well but it was the Reds who started well.

Following an assist from Roberto Firmino in the 3rd minute, Trent Alexander-Arnold also looked to score the opening Goal but had his effort blocked. The Senegalese International should have done better with that effort!

The plan from the home side was to sit deep in numbers and play long diagonals to Chris Wood and utilise the pace of Dwight McNeill.

Following a brilliant backheel assist from Mané, Firmino completely missed the chance to score the opening Goal as the Brazilian’s mistimed effort missed to the left side of the net in the 16th minute. Another chance went begging!

The Reds profligacy of missing clear-cut chances to score Goals has been one of the many worrying themes this Season and more often than not, the Reds were punished for wasting chances to score Goals!’

Alisson Becker produced a stunning save to deny the hosts the opening Goal through Josh Brownhill following an assist from Will Norris in the 38th minute.

Firmino finally broke the deadlock as the Brazilian met Robertson’s low cross and struck the ball past Will Norris to the bottom right corner of the net in the 43rd munite.

The First Half ended with the Reds leading just 0-1 despite having numerous chances to score Goals.

Chris Wood looked to score the equalising Goal but Alisson comfortably saved following an assist by Josh Brownhill in the 46th minute.

After Second Half began, Nathaniel Phillips made it 0-2 with a fine header after being assisted by Mané with a cross in the 52nd minute. The Englishman made up for his earlier miss in the First Half.

The Reds felt much easier but had to look for more Goals to improve their Goals Difference.

After being assisted by Dwight McNeil with a cross, Ben Mee looked to reduce the deficit for the Clarets but his header from close to the box was cleared off the line by Nathaniel Phillips in the 69th minute.

Klopp needed to bring an experienced midfield presence like James Milner to steady the ship and take off Rhy Williams to move Fabinho back in the Centre Back position.

In the 80th minute, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was brought on to replace Firmino.

The Clarets maintained a sustained spell of pressure but the Reds defence held firm.

James Milner was brought on to replace Wijnaldum in the 86th minute to see out the game.

Oxlade-Chamberlain sealed the game for the Reds to make it 0-3 after the Englishman twisted to find space for a fierce low drive past Will Norris to the bottom left corner of the net after being assisted by Robertson in the 88th minute.

The Englishman proved why Klopp has shown so much of faith despite the infrequent injuries.

Sadio Mané made way for Konstantinos Tsimikas in the 90th minute.

The Reds went on to seal a comfortable 0-3 win as well as fourth straight Premier League win.

The result also meant that the Reds moved to the Fourth Spot in the Premier League 2020-21 Table and they need only to win their final game against the visitors Crystal Palace Fc.

 

Reds Team Performance Ratings

Liverpool (4-3-3 Formation)

Defence:

Alisson Becker – 7: Produced saves as expected. The Brazilian looked calm and his positioning was spot on.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7: Provided sumptuous crosses and looked to inject some pace in the opening phase of the game.

Rhys Williams – 6: Looked confident in possession and made good blocks.

Nathaniel Phillips – 8: Got away with a dreadful pass in the First Half and missed the chance to score in the First Half but made up that in the Second Half. Despite looking rattled by the physicality of the Clarets attackers, the Englishman defended astutely especially clearing the ball off the line during the Second Half.

Andrew Robertson – 6: Looked unease in the Left Flank during the First Half but provided the inch-perfect cross that resulted in the opening Goal. Improved as the match progressed.

Midfield:

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6: Struggled to make an impact but quietly stuck to the task and was unable to get the Reds on the front foot. Hardly any creativity from the Dutchman (as usual).

Fabinho – 7: Got outmuscled in the midfield tussle but got slowly got to grips and shielded the defence well.

Thiago Alcântara – 7: Despite missing an effort early in the game, the Spaniard dictated the tempo especially when the Reds had the possession and constantly looked to keep the Reds on the front foot.

Forwards:

Sadio Mané – 6: Missed an effort to score early in the game. Provided the assist that led to the Second Goal.

Roberto Firmino – 6: Started the game sluggishly but improved as the game progressed. Scored the opening Goal.

Mohamed Salah – 7: His efforts were denied the stout Clarets Defence but the Egyptian was a constant threat on the right flank.

Substitutes:

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – N/A: Insufficient time to make an impact but scored the third Goal that sealed the game for the Reds. Justified his selection.

James Milner – N/A: Not enough time to make an impact and brought on to steady the ship.

Konstantinos Tsimikas – N/A: Just Game Time.

Coach:

Jürgen Klopp – 8: Made the substitutions at the right moment and the introduction of Oxlade-Chamberlain that eventually led to the Englishman scoring the third Goal, sealed the win for the Reds.

Regardless whatever happens with the remaining Top-four contenders; the Reds only need to focus on winning their final game against the visitors Crystal Palace.

With just one game to go, the Reds are now firmly in control of securing their Champions League spot for the next Season.

 

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