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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool 4-2 Burnley

That's a lot more like it, with both Sadio Mane and Bobby Firmino each grabbing a brace of goals and seeing off stubborn Burnley.

A slow start saw Burnley benefit from some largely expected awful refereeing and go ahead courtesy of a goal that should've been scratched out for a foul on Alisson.

That didn't stop the Burnley manager from complaining non-stop about some perceived injustices for 90-odd minutes but the Reds ran out very convincing winners.

On to the ratings.

Alisson - Largely little to do, just had to suffer some GBH in the build up to Burnley's first and pick the ball out of his net a couple of times. 6

Trent Alexander-Arnold - In truth, Trent was far from his best. He got caught out more than once by Dwight McNeil. His crossing wasn't great either and was withdrawn late on. 6

Joel Matip - Was once again more than pleased to take a back-seat and allow VVD to take centre-stage. Was comfortable in possession and dealt well with most of what Burnley threw at him. 7

Virgil Van Dijk - Week after week, the argument that Van Dijk is the only contender for Player of the Season simply gets stronger. He was once again imperious, despite the away sides' two goals. 8

Andrew Robertson - Like Trent, he had a few struggles but was much more of a threat at the other end. Should've done much better with a late shot that was defended well by Burnley. 7

Fabinho - If all of the plaudits have gone to Van Dijk recently, it can't go unnoticed that Fabinho has been crucial in the recent run of 5 clean sheets. He once again controlled the middle of the park and will be a massive player for us come Wednesday night. 7

Gini Wijnaldum - Parity restored, as Gini's blip against Everton was just that. He ably assisted Fabinho in creating a protective shield in front of the defence and helped to steady the team following the opening Burnley goal. 7

Adam Lallana - Twitter was full of whinging and moaning following his start but he quickly proved the doubters wrong. Won the ball back and harried the away side numerous times and was crucial in the build-up to our two first half goals. 8

Sadio Mane - Ordinarily, we'd have gone for Lallana as MOTM but Mane just edges him. Another one of those hard-working, creative displays from Mane that often goes totally unnoticed but he chipped in with a couple more goals and hounded Burnley's right side all day long. 9 Man of the Match

Mo Salah - All Mo was missing was a goal or two, he didn't even get an assist but his performance was key to the result. Burnley were terrified of him and his work rate and running was what loosened Burnley's fragile grip after their goal and kept it that was for the rest of the match. We will want that Salah to show up in the week against Bayern Munich. 8

Roberto Firmino - He's not looked himself for weeks but the old Bobby was back today, and he brought a new celebration with him. A couple of goals and a barnstorming Bobby - what more could we ask. 8


Jordan Henderson - Came on in the 2nd half for Gini and did a solid job. Burnley looked more threatening following his arrival but that was more due to a more lax attitude all around that simply Henderson. 6

Naby Keita - Kept hold of possession well a few times, late on. Did well in the build up to the 4th goal. 6

Daniel Sturridge - Barely had a chance to get going. NA




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