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Fabinho’s goal gives Liverpool a victory in the battle against Burnley

Fabinho’s goal gave Liverpool all three points over Burnley, while Klopp’s side reduced the gap to leaders Man City to nine points.

Brazilian Fabinho’s first-half goal gave Liverpool a 1-0 win at Burnley on Sunday, as Jurgen Klopp’s side closed the gap to Premier League leaders Manchester City to nine points.

Initially, the hosts coped better with the dire Lancashire conditions, creating more chances than Liverpool, only for their profligacy to prove costly when midfielder Fabinho scored what turned out to be the winner five minutes before half-time.

Chasing a goal that would have earned Burnley their fourth successive draw, they pumped plenty of long balls forward and crosses into the box in the second half but failed to create a clear chance.

Liverpool dug in defensively, with goalkeeper Alisson holding his own when called upon, to record a sixth straight win in all competitions.

The victory took Liverpool to 54 points from 24 games and, if they win their game against City, the gap at the top would be just six points.

Burnley will see this as a missed opportunity and will remain rooted at the bottom of the table, seven points from safety but having played two fewer games than 17th-place Newcastle United.

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“It’s always difficult to play here,” said Fabinho. “Burnley is a difficult place to come to. Sometimes we forget to play football a bit because we want to fight for second balls, but when we had the ball on the ground we created chances.”

“We didn’t score the second goal, but defensively the team was very good today. Three good points.”
Salah and Mané start

Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané made their first starts since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations in pouring rain but could only watch as Burnley started on the front foot.

The first goal-scoring effort came from Burnley after Josh Brownhill’s ferocious shot was deflected wide by goalkeeper Alisson.

It took until the 21st minute for Liverpool to test home goalkeeper Nick Pope, with Naby Keita denied low to the keeper’s right before, at the other end, Wout Weghorst, Burnley’s January signing, should have done better when scored the goal.

The home side stayed ahead and soon forced Alisson to make another save, the Brazilian choking at the feet of Jay Rodriguez.

Chances appeared plentiful and quick, with Mané immediately shooting directly at Pope from a free kick, before Weghorst should have hit the target from a good position for Burnley.

Burnley had to lament their profligacy when Mané sent a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner kick to Fabinho, who squeezed the ball over the line at the second attempt, the Brazilian’s fifth goal in all competitions since the turn of the year.

It was a matter of enduring Klopp’s given the conditions and determination of Burnley after the break.

Alisson made more saves in a single league game than in the entire season, much to the frustration of a sodden Turf Moor crowd.

Substitute Diogo Jota should have added a late second, but he shot wide with the goal at his mercy. It mattered little, as Liverpool celebrated a hard-won victory at full time.

Liverpools step up as Salah, Mane, Van Dijk have rare day off against Burnley

BURNLEY, England — It’s often true that sloppy, forgettable wins make all the difference in a title race, those days when the big stars don’t make the headlines and the crucial contributions are left to the players who often miss out. applause. . If Liverpool can somehow get past Manchester City and win the 2021-22 Premier League, this 1-0 win at Burnley will tick all those boxes.

English football has always prided itself on boasting that the Premier League title race is a marathon rather than a sprint, and is a test of quality and endurance that requires teams to perform in all conditions. from August to May. To that extent, a trip to Burnley in February, when the rain is almost horizontal and the flag on the roof of the main stand is blown in all directions by a howling wind, is as much a test of character as facing Sean Dyche. side threatened by relegation.

Fortunately for Liverpool, who pulled within nine points of City having played a game fewer than Pep Guardiola’s champions when all was stripped away at Turf Moor, the powerful midfield lynchpin of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson carried them to victory. when your usual party. -winners where they are nowhere to be seen.

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Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were all but anonymous up front, with the only significant contribution from the forward three being Mane’s 40th-minute corner header from Trent Alexander-Arnold that fell into the path of Fabinho, who he scored his fifth goal in seven games from close range. In the back, Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip were unusually shaky after being hit repeatedly by the pace and movement of Jay Rodriguez, and the physical clumsiness of 6-foot-6 center forward Wout Weghorst.

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But as conditions turned the game into a grueling battle of wills, despite Burnley’s woeful run of one win in 23 league games before kick-off, Liverpool’s midfield stood their ground and delivered.

“It’s always difficult to play here, Burnley is a difficult place to come,” said Fabinho. “Sometimes we forget to play football a bit because we want to fight for second balls, but when we had the ball on the ground we created chances.

“We didn’t score the second goal, but defensively the team was very good today. Nice three points.”

The three points were the only ‘good’ element of the game for Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp’s side had to rely on goalkeeper Alisson at times in the first half as Burnley caused problems through Rodriguez and Weghorst. But for all of Burnley’s effort, they are desperately lacking in quality and have now won just one league game at home since January 2021. Once Fabinho scored five minutes before halftime, the game looked beyond the Burnley side. Dyche and so it was.

Fabinho and Henderson showed during a rainy Sunday at Burnley that the midfield can step up and deliver for Liverpool when their superstar forwards are blunted. Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images

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Much of that was down to Fabinho’s control of the central third of the pitch and Henderson’s leadership. The Liverpool captain was stretched at times, particularly when he was booked for a late first-half challenge on Erik Pieters which led to the knock that forced his second-half substitution, but Henderson’s character was key to the performance as quality took second place to commitment.

“We have to work incredibly hard and that is what the boys did,” Klopp said. “We made our shirts dirty. I am really happy because I know how difficult it is to come here. Everything today was set up to be a banana skin for us. The balls in the air were so tricky to defend because the wind came from all directions. We played the circumstances rather than suffered from them.”

If Liverpool are to claw City back, they will have to win with more quality and control than they managed at Turf Moor. But if they can win their game in hand and beat City at the Etihad in April, the deficit could be reduced to three points, which would ensure a tense run-in to the end of the season.

Liverpool cannot afford to drop any points, however, between now and their trip to the Etihad, which means the value of Sunday’s win is more than simply three points. It emphasized Liverpool’s ability to dig out a crucial win when the usual routes to victory were not working. Salah and Mane, in particular, were some way below their usual standards, but it will be viewed as another positive that a win was secured without their determining qualities.

Keeping pace with City is the issue now, and Liverpool did what they had to do.

“It [the gap to City] is nine points and then it is 12 points because most of the time they play before us,” Klopp said. “Next game is Leeds at home and a fight for survival as well. These are really difficult, and that is why we don’t think about it.”

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