Liverpool welcomed followers again to Anfield by securing a second straight victory of the brand new Premier League marketing campaign, however they had been made to work for his or her 2-0 victory by a spirited Burnley.
Sean Dyche’s facet had been inflicting Liverpool, who handed teen Harvey Elliott a primary Premier League begin, loads of issues, however the hosts confirmed their scientific edge in entrance of objective as Diogo Jota (18) headed Kostas Tsimikas’ inch-perfect cross previous Nick Pope to interrupt the impasse.
Liverpool, who noticed a Mohamed Salah strike dominated out for offside by VAR in direction of the tip of the primary half, got a warning early within the second half when Ashley Barnes’s strike was appropriately dominated out by the offside flag, however it wasn’t lengthy earlier than Jurgen Klopp’s facet took agency management of the sport.
And the factors had been finally made secure when Sadio Mane completed off a high-quality crew transfer to proceed their excellent begin to the season and lengthen Liverpool’s unbeaten run within the Premier League to 12 matches.
For Burnley, regardless of a promising efficiency at instances, they begin the season with back-to-back defeats and have now misplaced 5 league video games in a row for the primary time ever, leaving Sean Dyche with loads to consider even at this early stage of the season.
How Liverpool made it two wins from two…
Liverpool didn’t have issues all their very own approach within the early levels at Anfield as Burnley began brightly.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was compelled right into a goal-line block to maintain out Dwight McNeil’s highly effective low drive simply earlier than an offside flag lower brief the transfer and Alisson was compelled into motion at his close to publish to maintain out Chris Wooden’s goal-bound header.
Nevertheless, it was Liverpool who took the lead within the 18th minute as all Burnley’s arduous work was undone by some poor defending.
Liverpool: Alisson (7), Alexander-Arnold (9), Matip (7), Van Dijk (8), Tsimikas (8), Henderson (7), Keita (7), Mane (8), Jota (7), Elliott (7), Salah (7).
Subs: Thiago (n/a), Firmino (n/a), Gomez (n/a).
Burnley: Pope (6), Lowton (7), Mee (6), Tarkowski (6), Taylor (7), Gudmundsson (6), Brownhill (6), Cork (6), McNeil (7), Barnes (6), Wooden (7).
Subs: Rodriguez (n/a), Pieters (n/a).
Man of the match: Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Jota was given the liberty of the penalty space by Ben Mee and James Tarkowski as he related with Tsimikas’ cross to information a header previous Nick Pope.
It appeared like Liverpool may kick on and take the sport away from Burnley, however they had been denied a second by VAR as Salah strayed into an offside place as he latched onto Elliott’s move earlier than ending previous Pope.
Mane and Naby Keita noticed efforts go off course because the hosts continued to seek for a second objective, earlier than a worrying second for Alisson, who was crushed to the ball on the different finish by Tarkowski, however the Burnley defender’s header bounced broad.
Burnley did handle to place the ball within the Liverpool web shortly after the break by way of Barnes’ end, however once more an assistant referee’s flag was appropriately raised for offside in opposition to the Burnley ahead.
Nevertheless, Liverpool grew into the half and started to take management as Mane had an try comfortably saved by Pope and he was additionally unable to show the ball in on the far publish following Virgil van Dijk’s volley.
As Liverpool began to click on by the gears, Salah noticed his low strike saved out by a high-quality block from McNeil and Mane noticed two efforts stopped by Pope.
- Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp made two adjustments from the facet that beat Norwich 3-0 on the opening weekend of the season. Jordan Henderson returned in the midst of the park to captain the facet instead of James Milner, who dropped out of the squad. Harvey Elliott additionally got here in for his first Premier League begin instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
- Burnley additionally made two adjustments as Sean Dyche reacted to his facet’s opening-day defeat by Brighton. Josh Brownhill and Ashley Barnes got here into the facet instead of Jay Rodriguez, who dropped to the bench, and Ashley Westwood, who dropped out of the squad.
Nevertheless, the Senegalese wasn’t to be denied once more, firing residence after being performed in by Alexander-Arnold to double Liverpool’s benefit.
The Reds tried so as to add to their lead as Salah shot broad and Alexander-Arnold was denied by Pope, whereas Alisson did effectively to thwart substitute Jay Rodriguez as Liverpool saved their clear sheet intact.
48 – Virgil van Dijk has now made 48 Premier League appearances for Liverpool at Anfield, shedding none of these video games (W43 D5); solely Lee Sharpe performed extra residence video games for one membership within the competitors with out shedding any of them (59 with Manchester United). Appeal. #LIVBUR pic.twitter.com/YwR6UHesV8
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 21, 2021
Elliott appears to be like at residence on his first Premier League begin
Sky Sports activities’ Peter Smith:
Harvey Elliott grew to become Liverpool’s tenth youngest Premier League starter in Saturday’s win over Burnley – however he did not look misplaced in any respect as Jurgen Klopp’s facet made it two wins from two.
The 18-year-old has repeatedly impressed on each step up in degree he is made since he burst onto the scene three years in the past at Fulham. And after starring for Blackburn within the Championship final season, the place he recorded seven objectives and 11 assists in 41 appearances, he appears to be like set to make his mark within the Premier League this time period.
Beginning on the suitable of Liverpool’s midfield three at Anfield, the left-footed teen appeared assured, composed and stylish on the ball, drifting broad or tucking inside to make room to hyperlink up with Alexander-Arnold and repeatedly tried to set Salah free down that facet.
Certainly, he thought he had an help for Salah when he threaded a high-quality move by Burnley’s line of defense for the Egyptian to complete halfway by the primary half however an offside flag dominated the strike out. Elliott was concerned in Liverpool’s second, although, bringing down Virgil van Dijk’s crossfield move completely earlier than feeding Alexander-Arnold to tee up Sadio Mane.
He was fouled twice inside the primary 10 minutes, which illustrated how arduous it was for Burnley to familiarize yourself with him, and by the ultimate whistle he’d gained extra free-kicks than another participant on the pitch. All that was lacking from the efficiency was a completion, with a few glimpses at objective evading him.
However he has proven his capturing high quality up to now and Saturday’s show confirmed he will likely be getting loads extra probabilities to impress in a Liverpool shirt this season…
Jurgen Klopp on Elliott’s efficiency…
“Harvey was a part of this efficiency. All people needs to speak to me about Harvey and I perceive completely – when an 18-year-old boy performs such a mature sport I can perceive why everybody was asking, however I used to be not stunned he performed like this. That’s precisely how he has educated now for six or seven weeks since we’re again, since he’s again from mortgage. Sure, it was .”
What the managers mentioned…
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “We at all times needed to be prepared for a correct combat and we had been right now. You noticed these challenges with Barnes and Wooden and Virgil and Joel. I am not 100 per cent certain if [officials] are entering into the suitable course with these selections. It is like we’re going 10 to fifteen years backwards. The foundations are like they’re, however you can’t defend these conditions. That is the way it makes the sport actually difficult.
“I do not suppose it is proper, however I can’t determine this stuff. I heard about leaving the sport movement, however now now we have these conditions. The second objective from Brentford [against Arsenal on the opening day] should be a foul – you can’t clip the arm of the goalkeeper and say, ‘that is soccer’. I feel possibly now we have to consider it a second or a 3rd time.
“The message now’s let the sport movement, however no one precisely is aware of what which means. I like selections that favour the offensive crew, that is high-quality. However now we have to stay to defending the gamers. We can’t deny that. Should you like that kind of factor, watch wrestling.
“In numerous moments, we performed a superb sport with out scoring. In all the opposite moments we needed to combat extremely arduous. We gained it and no one received injured.”
Burnley boss Sean Dyche: “I feel the way in which we affected the sport was good, notably within the first half. I used to be happy with that. We must always have had a penalty in my view. In the midst of the pitch it is a foul however for some purpose when it is Burnley we do not get them when they’re within the field. We’ll see if that balances itself out – however it’s been six years and it hasn’t.
“Joking aside, we got here right here on a troublesome day and I assumed our efficiency was at the very least first rate. We nonetheless know we have got so as to add to it, we nonetheless know we’re working with a really restricted group for the time being however a gaggle that’s positively able to compete on a weekly foundation within the Premier League.
“They was the Liverpool you recognize for 20 minutes within the second half they usually scored the second objective – however we saved going and our mentality was agency right now and on the finish we had a few probabilities.
“I belief these gamers implicitly, what they provide us, it wasn’t a scarcity of effort right now or dedication. The organisation was good. We simply received picked off a few instances by a high facet.”
Man of the match – Trent Alexander-Arnold
It was one other all-action show from Liverpool’s proper full-back.
He was a relentless menace going ahead and his vary of passing precipitated Burnley issues all afternoon.
He created seven probabilities within the sport and an help for Mane’s second-half objective.
For the reason that begin of 2018-19, Alexander-Arnold has registered 33 assists within the Premier League, a determine solely Kevin De Bruyne can higher in that point (34).
Opta stats: Seven PL wins in a row for Liverpool…
- Liverpool have gained every of their final seven Premier League video games, as many victories as they loved of their earlier 20 video games within the competitors (D5 L8) and their longest successful streak within the league since a run of 18 ending in February 2020.
- Liverpool have strung collectively 4 consecutive clear sheets within the Premier League for the primary time since a run of seven between December 2019 and January 2020.
- Burnley have misplaced 5 in a row within the Premier League for the primary time ever, final doing so in any division within the 2008-09 Championship marketing campaign.
- Burnley have misplaced 11 of their 15 Premier League matches in opposition to Liverpool (W2 D2), extra defeats than they’ve suffered in opposition to another facet within the competitors (shedding 10 in opposition to Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Metropolis).
- Since his debut for Liverpool in September 2020, Diogo Jota has netted 15 objectives in all competitions for the Reds, a determine solely Mohamed Salah (29) can higher, whereas the Portuguese has posted the most effective minutes per objective price of any participant for the membership in that point (127).
Up subsequent for Liverpool is a agency take a look at of their title credentials as they welcome European champions Chelsea to Anfield on Saturday, reside on Sky Sports activities (kick off 5.30pm).
In the meantime, Burnley are in Carabao Cup motion on Wednesday with a visit to Newcastle (kick off 7.45pm) earlier than internet hosting Leeds within the Premier League subsequent Sunday, reside on Sky Sports activities (kick off 2pm).