Liverpool thrash Burnley to keep top 4 chances in their own hands

Roberto Firmino opened the scoring for Liverpool before Nathaniel Phillips extended the lead and Oxlaide-Chamberlain sealed the win with a late strike.

Liverpool beat Burnley 3-0 on Wednesday; Credit: Twitter/@LFC

Liverpool beat Burnley 3-0 at Turf Moor on Wednesday to overtake Leicester in the Premier League top four. Roberto Firmino opened the scoring for Liverpool two minutes before half time. Defender Nathaniel Phillips extended the lead for the away side before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sealed the three points. The win takes Liverpool closer to Champions League qualification with just one game remaining. It was Liverpool’s fourth consecutive victory in the Premier League.

Firmino slotted the ball past Burnley goalkeeper Will Norris in the 43rd minute to make the score 1-0 for Jurgen Kolpp’s side. Sadio Mane laid the ball to left-back Robertson’s run, whose cut-back was fired in by the Brazilian striker. Eight minutes after the restart central defender Nathaniel got his first goal for the Reds.

Sadio Mane was again involved as he dribbled and then lofted one from the left wing to the far post. Phillips headed the ball into the back of the net to make the score 2-0. Substitute Chamberlain’s a left-footed strike form inside the penalty area went past Norris at the near post to make the score 3-0 for Liverpool and seal the tie.

Both teams missed a number of chances in the first half, three minutes into kick-off, Sadio Mane missed a golden chance as he failed to guide Salah’s deflected shot from close range into the Burnley goal. Thiago Alacantara also missed from close range and at the other end Chris Wood side netted from a promising position.

Phillips and Alisson ensure Liverpool win

Nathaniel Phillips had an excellent game as the 24-year old scored a goal and made a goal line clearance in the 67th minute to deny Benjamin Mee from a corner. Last game’s hero Alisson Becker was once again solid at the back as the Brazilian goalkeeper denied the Burnley attackers on a number of occasions to keep a clean sheet. McNeil tested Alisson from outside the box in the first half.

After the victory Liverpool are placed fourth in the points table with 66 points form 37 games, one point away from Chelsea and level on points with fifth placed Leicester City, separated by goal difference. Liverpool will host Crystal Palace in their final match of the campaign on May 23.

“We feed off pressure. It’s a massive club and fans demand results,” said Robertson.

“We have hit form at the right time. Sunday is a final effectively for us, Leicester and Chelsea. We have given ourselves a chance when a lot of people had written us off. But we need to make sure our performance is of the highest level (against Palace).”




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