Liverpool 2 – 1 Burnley
Liverpool consolidated their position in the top four as they came from behind to beat Burnley 2-1 at Anfield.
Ashley Barnes gave the visitors a shock early lead as he was on hand to stab past Simon Mignolet at the far post, giving Burnley their first goal at Anfield since 1975.
However, the hosts responded just before the break as Georginio Wijnaldum powered home at the second attempt from a Divock Origi.
Emre Can then gave the Reds the lead just past the hour mark with a curling low shot that snuck inside Tom Heaton’s left post.
Defeat in the reverse fixture, back in August, set the standard for the way ‘lesser’ sides combated the Reds’ attacking style and, for 45 minutes, it appeared Sean Dyche’s men were about to repeat the trick.
The result lifted Liverpool within a point of second-placed Tottenham and third-spotted Manchester City, who were both in FA Cup action this weekend.
There was none of the verve or intensity shown the previous weekend in the victory over Arsenal, with striker Divock Origi struggling in his first Premier League start for two months.
But he was not alone as the team looked devoid of ideas until Wijnaldum’s intervention, the Dutchman extending his remarkable run of having scored all his Premier League goals at home (five for Liverpool, 11 for Newcastle).
Can’s goal was his first in three months – a sumptuous low effort from distance – and sealed the triumph for a Liverpool team whose five league defeats have all come against opponents below 10th in the table.