Liverpool 2-1 Burnley: Premier League – as it happened

Liverpool came from behind to defeat Burnley at Anfield, with Emre Can hammering a tremendous winning goal

Full time; Liverpool 2-1 Burnley

Winning ugly is not Liverpool’s forte, so this will give them a fair bit of pleasure. They didn’t play well and had to come from behind, with Emre Can’s cracking goal deciding the match. They are now five points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, though they have played two games more. Burnley were Burnley, admirable but limited. They shouldn’t have any problems staying up, despite their wretched away record. Thanks for your company, night.

Dyche congratulates Klopp at the end of the match.
Dyche congratulates Klopp at the end of the match. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters


90+3 min What a chance for Burnley! Liverpool couldn’t clear a long throw for love nor money. Eventually Keane headed the ball back across goal, and Lowton lobbed it over the bar from six yards. As Gary Neville on Sky, if he had his time again he probably wouldn’t let that bounce. Once it did, he was always going to have trouble getting over the ball.


90+1 min There will be four added minutes. Burnley can’t get the ball.

90 min Burnley make another change: the teenager Daniel Agyei replaces Scott Arfield.

89 min Can gets a lucky rebound and chips a beautiful pass over the defence for Mane, whose rising shot is acrobatically tipped over by Heaton.

88 min Woodburn’s fierce 25-yard shot is blocked. He looks a tremendous prospect.

Woodburn rues his missed chance.
Woodburn rues his missed chance. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA


87 min Liverpool break dangerously but Mane overhits his pass to Woodburn, whose attempted return cross deflects behind off the sliding Ward.

85 min Despite their best efforts, Liverpool’s defence don’t look like conceding an equaliser here. Burnley have had a fair bit of the ball since going behind but they have been pretty impotent, certainly in open play.


82 min “As a Paddy, I’m obviously hoping Robbie Brady does something here for Burnley,” writes Paul Neilan. “Hopefully, he onionbags one because his knee-slides are simply the best in the business.”

Using onionbag is a verb is tremendous, and something I’ll be stealing without shame or appropriate credit.

81 min Vokes nicks the ball off Matip, who does excellently to redeem his initial mistake with a desperate and crucial tackle in the box.

80 min Another long free-kick from Heaton is headed to the edge of the area by Matip and slashed wide on the half-volley by Brady. He had to take it with his right foot rather than his left, which is the main reason he didn’t get it on target.

80 min And now Burnley make another substitution, Sam Vokes for Andre Gray.

79 min Liverpool make a change, with Lucas replacing Divock Origi.

76 min Breaking news: Ben Woodburn has got it. He hasn’t done much of note in this game but everything he has done has demonstrated a mature accomplishment that is beyond 99.94 per cent of 17-year-olds.

75 min Mignolet comes almost to the edge of the area to make another decisive punch from a lofted free-kick. He has been excellent on set-pieces today.

72 min Burnley make a change: Robbie Brady on, George Boyd off.

71 min Woodburn has replaced Coutinho and he replicated him there, zipping infield from the left and whipping a very dangerous inswinging cross that flashed over Origi’s head and just wide of the far post.


69 min Heaton launches a free-kick into the area, where his opposite number Mignolet does really well to punch clear despite being simultaneously fouled by Mee and Keane.

68 min Burnley area having a decent spell in response to going behind. They won’t give up, even in the face of apparently imminent defeat. What the cops never figured out, and what I know now, was that these men would never break, never lie down, never bend over for anybody. Anybody.


67 min “Well, look at my ignint butt,” says Paul Neinan, who wrote an ode to Can after 32 minutes. “The game is gone.”

66 min There have only been three shots on target in the match. Analyse that.

63 min The goalscorer Can is booked for a foul on Barnes. The resulting free-kick almost leads to an instant equaliser for Burnley. It pinballed around the area until Barnes’s close-range shot was desperately blocked by a combination of Klavan and Lallana.

Barnes and Can clash.
Barnes and Can clash. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters


That came from nowhere. Can received a square pass 25 yards from goal, moved the ball into a shooting position with his first touch and hit a perfectly placed low shot. It beat Heaton for pace and flew into the bottom-right corner.

GOAL! Liverpool 2-1 Burnley (Can 61)

A brilliant goal from Emre Can gives Liverpool the lead.

Can scores Liverpool’s second.
Can scores Liverpool’s second. Photograph: Matt McNulty/JMP/REX/Shutterstock
And celebrates.
And celebrates. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters


60 min An interesting change from Jurgen Klopp: Coutinho is replaced by the teenage forward Ben Woodburn.


59 min A beautiful cross from Coutinho causes chaos in the Burnley box, which eventually leads to a corner, and then another corner. Nothing comes of it but these are testing times for Burnley.

58 min Barton is booked for shoving Wijnaldum over just outside the box on the right.

57 min Coutinho has had an unusually poor game, littered with basic errors.

55 min A good counter-attack from Burnley. Barnes peels away to the left to receive Barton’s crossfield pass. He has Gray in the centre but his cross is cleared by Klavan. A few seconds later, Barnes hoofs a volley into orbit from a tight angle.

Barnes sends one into orbit.
Barnes sends one into orbit. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters


50 min Liverpool have started the second half better than the first, though they are still a fair way from their liquid best.

48 min “Hi Rob,” says Peter Oh. “Great to see the Dutchman equalise! My young kids and I have taken to calling him Wijnaldinho, given his recent goal-scoring exploits.” I think all 16 of his Premier League goals have been at home, which is a minor statgasm if I ever I felt one.

46 min Peep peep! Liverpool begin the second half, kicking from left to right.

Half-time chit-chat

“I see that Burnley have Tarkowski on the bench,” says Gary Naylor. “I’m guessing that he’s slow, lacking in drive, but a lovely player to watch. Though you might have to go to film school for five years to appreciate him fully.”

Half time: Liverpool 1-1 Burnley

Peep peep! That goal completely changes the mood of the match. Burnley were in control for most of the first half but will expect a second-half onslaught now. See you in 10 minutes.

GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 Burnley (Wijnaldum 45+1)

Liverpool equalise on the stroke of half-time. After a very neat passing move, Origi curls in a cross from the left towards Wijnaldum. His flick hits Mee and lands invitingly in front of goal, where Wijnaldum has time to compose himself and force the ball past Heaton.

Wijnaldum scores the equaliser.
Wijnaldum scores the equaliser. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters
And celebrates.
And celebrates. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters


45 min Ashley Barnes is given a final warning for repeated pain-in-the-arsery.

43 min “Can is, somehow, a live grenade looking to explode,” says Paul Neilan, “yet has all the pace of - Eamon Dunphy’s words about Ian Harte - ‘a loaf of bread with the hand-brake on’.”

42 min Milner’s deep, lofted cross bounces off the shoulder of Origi and wide of goal. He was under pressure from Mee and couldn’t time his jump properly.

41 min “Dear Rob,” says Putera Satria. “I was wondering whether your full first name is ‘Robin’? If yes, then you must be a generous man like Jurgen Klopp, the modern-day Robin Hood who came to the Premiership in a divine, egalitarian mission to collect points from the rich top-six clubs and distribute them to those in need, like Burnley.”

It isn’t, but I do also rob people, especially employers.

40 min Liverpool are having their best spell of the match, though that isn’t saying too much.

39 min “Afternoon Rob,” says Matt Loten. “Is there something to the theory that, even when the first-choice XI is fully fit, Liverpool’s lack of depth is what is holding them back? Though the defence clearly requires surgery, Klopp’s high-intensity gameplan surely can’t be expected to maintain its effectiveness over a whole season without a modicum of rotation. When Mane was missing, that was why Liverpool lost; when Coutinho was injured, that was the key; and now that Firmino is missing, it’s the same story. For me, it’s also down to the fact that this style of play demands depth of squad, regardless of luck with injuries and suspension.”

I still think the defence is the biggest problem. It’s one thing to lose to teams in the bottom half, another to lose with scores like 4-3 and 3-2. But they aren’t far away. At their best they are the most exhilarating team in the country I think, but yes, they need at least four players in the summer given their exisiting inadequacies and increased workload next season.

38 min Liverpool make a dreadful mess of a free-kick 30 yards from goal. Milner plays it short to Wijnaldum, who seems unprepared for the execution of that particular masterplan and hoofs it into orbit.

36 min Mee is booked for a trip on Lallana, who did him with a beautiful piece of skill, an unwitting homage to Fowler on Staunton.

32 min “Good God, Can is a horrible player,” says Rolf Wilhelm. “A lumbering freekick machine who always takes too many touches on the ball.”

31 min Clyne’s cross deflects behind off Mee’s raised arm. Liverpool get a corner rather than a free-kick in a slightly better position. It’s a poor one from Coutinho, easily cleared by Boyd.

28 min “There’s always a slightly seedy, Weimarish atmosphere in casinos - always a guilty pleasure for me,” says Gary Naylor. “Just seen a show at The Hippodrome nicely timed to finish as the match started and now I’m spinning out a coffee waiting to see how long it will be before Klopp rolls the dice. Given a defence best described as “craps”, it might not be long.”

Yes, if they had Henchoz and Hyypia they’d probably win the league.


27 min Barton’s dreadful pass launches a Liverpool attack. Eventually Can’s long-range rattler is kicked away by Keane.

26 min Lowton’s long throw finds its way through to Gray, who rolls Matip before blasting a shot over the bar from a very tight angle.

25 min The corner is played short, to no positive effect whatsoever. Liverpool, who were wonderful against Arsenal last week, are not on their game at all today. The absence of the subtle, underrated Firmino can’t help.

24 min Mane, the liveliest Liverpool attacker by far, wins a free-kick 40 yards from goal. That leads to another corner on the right, which will be taken by Coutinho.

21 min Barnes volleys just wide from Ward’s excellent cross. It wouldn’t have counted as he was offside.

20 min Liverpool win three corners in quick succession on the right. The third is headed clear to the dangerous Gray, whose one-man counter-attack is ended by a deliberate foul from Milner. He should have been booked.

17 min Burnley still look very comfortable. Liverpool often demolish teams in the first half an hour at Anfield but they have been weirdly sluggish so far.


13 min The electric Mane leaves Mee for dead on the right and lofts a cross that is just beyond the head of Origi.

Mane gets past Mee.
Mane gets past Mee. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA


11 min The atmosphere is weirdly flat at Anfield. It was even before the goal.

That was a superb goal. It was made by the right-back Lowton, who received the ball 35 yards from goal in a narrow position. He looked up and curled a wonderful ball around the retreating Liverpool defence. It was missed at the near post by Gray but Barnes stretched with his wrong foot, the right, to stab it past the diving Mignolet.


GOAL! Liverpool 0-1 Burnley (Barnes 7)

Ashley Barnes gives Burnley the lead!

Barnes scores the opener.
Barnes scores the opener. Photograph: Matt McNulty/JMP/REX/Shutterstock
And celebrates.
And celebrates. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters


7 min Gray makes another excellent run to beat the offside trap. Milner does enough to delay Gray, whose eventual cross is headed clear by Matip.

6 min Gray makes a good run down the right channel and plays a decent ball right across the face of goal. Barnes just couldn’t get there.

5 min Burnley win the first corner of the match. It’s half cleared to Boyd inside the D and he swishes a decent half-volley a few yards over the bar.

2 min The usual fast start from Liverpool. Mane skins Lowton with ease on the left touchline and cuts the ball back towards Coutinho at the near post. The well positioned Keane nips in to make a vital interception.

Mane skins Lowton.
Mane skins Lowton. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA


1 min Burnley kick off from left to right.

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Team news

Liverpool (4-3-3) Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Klavan, Milner; Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana; Mane, Origi, Coutinho.
Substitutes: Karius, Moreno, Lucas, Woodburn, Wilson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez.

Burnley (4-4-2) Heaton; Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Boyd, Barton, Hendrick, Arfield; Gray, Barnes.
Substitutes: Vokes, Brady, Westwood, Agyei, Tarkowski, Robinson, Darikwa.

Referee Craig Pawson.

Hello. Liverpool are the rough-track bullies of the Premier League: brilliant against the big teams, not so good against the smaller sides. That unusual pattern was established right at the start of the season: they won their first game 4-3 at Arsenal and followed up with a 2-0 defeat at Burnley.

Burnley, in 12th, are the highest-placed of the five teams to beat Liverpool in the league this season, and this match is Liverpool’s last tricky fixture before two guaranteed wins against Manchester City and Everton. A win would take Liverpool nowhere, as they are stuck in fourth for the time being. If Burnley win away for the first time this season, they will move into the top ten.

Kick off is at 4pm.


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