Liverpool close the gap on Man City to one point with 4-2 victory over Burnley


Liverpool are back to being a point behind Manchester City at the top of the Premier League following Sunday's narrow 4-2 victory over Burnley.

City had opened a four-point lead over the Reds on Saturday by beating Watford 3-1, courtesy of a hat-trick from Raheem Sterling.

All the pressure was on Liverpool to keep up, but they got the job done and firmly remain in the title race.

A blustery day at Anfield actually saw the home side go 1-0 behind when Ashley Westwood's corner looped over Alisson straight into the back of the net.

Alisson looked to be impeded by three Burnley players and a foul should have been given, yet referee Jon Moss ignored the protests and booked Liverpool's furious goalkeeper.

Soon the heavens opened and 13 minutes after going behind, Jurgen Klopp's men equalised through Roberto Firmino.

Mohamed Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum combined to put a cross in, which Tom Heaton failed to deal with and Firmino tapped into an empty net.

The wind continued to cause problems for both sides - not to mention a spell of hailstones - and in the 29th minute Liverpool took a 2-1 lead.

Liverpool FC v Burnley FC - Premier League

Adam Lallana won back possession on the edge of Burnley's box and when the ball fell to Salah, the Egyptian prodded to Sadio Mane to lash a fierce strike into the top-right corner.

Into the second half and Liverpool had a golden opportunity to extend their lead in the 67th minute when Mane headed just past Burnley's post from Andy Robertson's cross.

It was a poor miss from the Senegalese, but seconds later Heaton miscued his goal-kick and Liverpool countered to set up Firmino for his second of the game.

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Salah was tackled in the box after taking too long to shoot and the ball fell straight to Firmino for another open goal.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson later made it 3-2 in stoppage time to set up a nervy finish before Mane rounded Heaton and bagged his second to seal victory.

Next up is a trip to Fulham next weekend, where Liverpool can overtake Man City at the top of the table due to the Citizens' commitments in the FA Cup.

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