Liverpool came from a goal down to edge past resistant Burnley on Sunday at Anfield, as they claimed an unconvincing 2-1 win to strengthen their bid for a top-four finish in the English Premier League.
Ashley Barnes turned home Matthew Lowton’s brilliant defence-splitting pass in seven minutes to put the visitors ahead, before Liverpool equalised on the stroke of half-time with their first shot on target by Georginio Wijnaldum.
Emre Can then scored his fourth goal of the season to secure a second successive victory for Liverpool with a long-range effort into the bottom corner on the hour mark.
Burnley, who are yet to win a game away from home in any competition this season, did all they could to snatch an equaliser but to no avail.
“To come away with a loss is disappointing because we were in control in the first half, they didn’t create much,” Burnley’s goal scorer Barnes said after the game.
Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp was disappointed with his side’s performance but it’s all about the result. They got all three points and are now five points clear of Arsenal.
“The performance was good enough to win the game but the result is massive for us, it’s the first ugly game we have won,” Klopp said in the end.
“Usually when we are not that good we lose. I said before the game that Burnley are the most consistent team in style; they play what they play.”
He added: “It is clear we have to do a few things better. We were not at our absolute best but we fought. I liked it, it is this kind of game we haven’t won until now. It feels kind of strange a little bit. Not the most memorable game but a very nice three points.”
Liverpool will next battle for a top-four finish as they travel to Manchester City on 19 March. Burnley head to struggling Sunderland the day before.
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