Having bested Arsenal last week, the prospects of beating Burnley left Liverpool supporters with justifiable concerns. Particularly since the turn of the year, the Reds have struggled to string multiple performances together. Then news of Roberto Firmino’s injury arrived which didn’t do much to ease tensions.
Despite falling behind early and playing far from their best, Liverpool came back to beat Burnley 2-1 at Anfield. It was as close as a must-win match as they have had so far this campaign. They remain locked in the mix for Champions League spots after claiming all three points.
This was a match that looked to repeat a familiar pattern. Liverpool started slowly, conceded early, and struggled to break down a lower half side while dominating possession.
Yet, credit to the Reds that they did not lose their heads. Gini Wijnaldum’s calm finish leveled the score just before the half and sent the side into the break with a bit of a bounce.
After a half where very few players played well, the second half started slightly better. There were not any major changes but Liverpool looked more a little more purposeful about their business. They may have found it difficult to break through Burnley but they also started starving the visiting side of chances and build up play.
Here are four findings from the match.