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Player ratings as Reds return to Premier League summit

Player ratings as Reds return to Premier League summit

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League table with a 3-1 victory over Burnley on Saturday afternoon.

Despite a promising start from the visitors, Liverpool grabbed the opening goal of the game after Diogo Jota headed home a corner from the right-hand side. However, the Clarets did find an equaliser just before the break, Dara O’Shea producing a fine header himself from a corner at the other end.

Diaz then put Liverpool back in front seven minutes after the break and despite a few scares, the Reds secured victory late on through Darwin Nunez’s header.

How the game unfolded

With Manchester City having beaten Everton in the day’s early kick-off, there was even greater pressure on Liverpool to secure all three points against Burnley. The Clarets found themselves seven points off safety before kick-off having only shown glimpses of their quality this season, but were aiming to cause an upset at Anfield.

Vincent Kompany’s side made a confident start on Merseyside and were quick to show their attacking intent, with Caoimhin Kelleher the busier of the two goalkeepers in the opening stages and called into action to deny Zeki Amdouni just ten minutes in.

Despite a sloppy and fairly drab opening half hour from the hosts, the Reds did eventually take the lead. A whipped corner by Trent Alexander-Arnold was misjudged by James Trafford, with Jota heading into an empty net to continue his fine goalscoring streak and punish the first moment of indecisiveness from the Burnley backline.

Trafford did somewhat redeem himself for his earlier error, producing a fine stop from Diaz’s close-range effort to keep Burnley in the game. The visitors were then rewarded for a great display on the stroke of half-time, O’Shea producing a stunning header to level the scores going into the break from a pinpoint Josh Brownhill corner. No less than Kompany’s side deserved.

Liverpool were more dominant in the early stages of the second half than they had been in the first and quickly restored their advantage after the break. Substitute Harvey Elliott fired a ball across the face of the goal, with Diaz there to head home at the near post – much to the relief of the Anfield crowd after a lengthy VAR check.

Burnley could have levelled ten minutes later, but David Datro Fofana was unable to capitalise on a Jarell Quansah error. Kelleher produced an Alisson-esque stop to deny the Chelsea loanee, with Wilson Odobert rattling the rebound helplessly wide.

Fofana was then gifted another…

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