Games away to Burnley have not always been kind to Liverpool so a midweek trip to Turf Moor might have provided a chance for a slip up for the Reds, but a 1-3 result maintained their mission of keeping pace with league leaders Manchester City.
In an unlikely error, Alison spilt an uncleared corner kick into the path of Jack Cork who put the home side ahead, inducing second half blushes from Liverpool.
Having benefitted from an earlier effort being ruled out for offside, the Reds sprang to life. Liverpool enforced greater authority and earned a quick equalizer when James Milner scored in the 62nd minute.
Having levelled the match, Liverpool set the stage for a comeback. Just before the 70th minute, they took the lead and never looked back. Just moments after entering as a substitute, Roberto Firmino found the net for the fourth time in the league this season.
Joe Hart would deny a few quality chances as regular time expired but it was the other end that showcased the save of the game.
Alisson would claw back a Burnley effort to equalize as stoppage time started. Then another late substitute, Mo Salah, found Xherdan Shaqiri to put the contest completely out of reach with a third goal.
Not only does the victory mean that the Reds stay on the shoulder of City, but it also marks the club’s best ever start to a season in their 126 years history. No small feat that!
Here are four findings from the match.
For months now, Reds supporters have been awaiting the full Naby Keita awakening. Having signed a whole season early, the anticipation only served to build unprecedented expectations.
Then the attacking midfielder faced a frustrating start to his Liverpool career. Yet this start against Burnley proved a solid performance upon which he can build.
Only 22-years-old, the Guinean is still developing as a professional and is looking to realize his immense potential. In this match, he started to show flashes of why the expectations have swelled.
He brought a different quality to the maligned Liverpool midfield and nearly got on the scoresheet too. His emergence, delayed though it might be, may still be instrumental to Liverpool’s chances of securing silverware this season.
Roberto Firmino has endured a slow start to the season. After proving to be the lynchpin of Liverpool’s attack last year, his performances have been less than consistent and a cause for concern.
Still, the unconventional centre-forward has four goals and two assists in the league. It is far from his career-high total of last season but he may just be finding his form.
There have a been a few false dawns for Firmino this campaign already, but never has he started on the bench and entered a match with almost immediate impact.
While his goal against Burnley might have only been a tap-in, it should fill him with courage at a critical moment in the season. Should this prove the turning point for the Brazilian, the Reds can only reap the benefits
Shifted to right-back to accommodate Jurgen Klopp’s rotation requirements. As versatile as the England international has been, his form at centre-half has drawn well-deserved acclaim.
Yet, the physical presence and height of Burnley presents a different challenge and the opportunity to use other centre-halves in the squad.
Gomez looked lively, picking up where he left of the weekend challenging the opposition and making his presence known. Then driving forward, looking to cross the ball from the corner the 21-year-old crumpled under a late Ben Mee challenge.
Dubbed an ankle injury and needing to be stretchered off the pitch, any lengthy time on the physio’s table will be tragic given his breakthrough this season.
If there has been one area that Jurgen Klopp has endured the most questioning, it is his in-game management and substitutions.
Often the gaffer has delayed changing the shape or the side, choosing to show almost too much faith in his starting eleven game to game. Even now, he is still discovering the true depth of his squad.
With seven changes from the weekend, the manager looked to keep the side fresh with critical games coming thick and fast and the festive period just on the horizon.
While the Reds took some time to find solutions, sending in the firepower of Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah paid dividends. Firmino’s quick goal and Salah’s late assist ensured Liverpool look to their lunchtime kick-off at the weekend against Bournemouth still unbeaten.
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