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REPORT: Liverpool fight back to beat Burnley

Liverpool beat Burnley 4-2 in an eventful game at Anfield in the Premier League’s early kick-off.

Burnley took an early lead after a corner from Ashley Westwood was aided by blustering winds and floated straight in to the net.

Two goals from both Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané spared the Reds’ blushes as they remain just a point behind league leaders Manchester City.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson scored in injury time but it was too little too late for Sean Dyche’s side who remain two points clear of the relegation zone.

Liverpool went into the game four points behind Champions Manchester City after the Citizens beat Watford 3-1 at the Etihad on Saturday.

It was Burnley that took the lead at Anfield after a floated delivery from Westwood looped all the way in to Liverpool’s goal over Alisson.

“Good game, difficult game but a good one. It’s always difficult against Burnley for different reasons. Usually the [first Burnley] goal would be disallowed. The good thing is, it was early – so enough time to react and turn it around.”

Jurgen Klopp speaking in his press conference post-Burnley, March 10 2019 (via LiverpoolEcho).

The Brazilian appealed for a foul but his calls fell on deaf ears as Andre Marriner awarded the goal and deemed there was no obstruction from Tarkowski on the goal line.

Liverpool reacted well and equalised through a tap-in from Roberto Firmino after some good build-up play between Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah found the number 9 to net his tenth league goal of the season.

Sadio Mané made it 2-1 after Adam Lallana, a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up, closed down a Burnley clearance with the ball falling to Mané to fire into the far corner.

Liverpool extended their lead in the second-half through Firmino again, this time a poor goal-kick from Tom Heaton allowed Salah to drive at goal and his shot fell to Firmino who made no mistake poking in from six yards.

Berg Gudmundsson made it 3-2 in the 91st minute leaving Anfield feeling nervy.

It was eased when Sadio Mané grabbed his second of the game a minute later when substitute Daniel Sturridge played a brilliant pass into the Senegalese winger who slotted home comfortably to make it 4-2.

Mohamed Salah missed his chance to equal Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of reaching 50 league goals in the fewest amount of games (66) but could still be the second quickest to reach that landmark should he score in Liverpool’s next fixture against Fulham next weekend.

Burnley will face Leicester City next Saturday as they look to stay out of the relegation zone with Cardiff City just two points behind them in 18th.

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