Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was 9/10 in a commanding performance as the Reds beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor.
Liverpool captain Henderson 9/10 in commanding performance as Jota, Mane goals lead Reds past Burnley.
With a superb 2-0 victory against the tenacious Burnley on Saturday, Liverpool made a victorious return to a packed Anfield.
A goal in each half was enough to keep the ship afloat in the face of constant pressure from Sean Dyche’s side, as Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane scored with two finishes at the conclusion of long stretches of play. The victory keeps the red half of Merseyside on a perfect start to the current Premier League season and briefly takes them to the top of the standings.
If they kept their foot on the pedal, the possession game would always pay off, and as the game progressed into the second half, Liverpool really kicked on and started to establish their dominance in the final third. They built on the counterattack and established a rhythm that made it difficult for the visitors to keep up with the fast tempo they were forced to endure.
The Reds exploded out of the gate, creating an imbalance that saw them drawn into a messy battle with the Clarets in the opening 15 to 20 minutes. They were sluggish to track back defensively at times, allowing Burnley too much time on the ball, which led to some anxious moments that the back four fortunately dealt with quickly.
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Manager’s score out of ten
8 — Jurgen Klopp’s squad selection was tactical, with Harvey Elliott’s persistence becoming an issue for Burnley, while he kept a number of quality midfield alternatives on the bench ready to be inserted if necessary. The German coach stuck to his convictions, with the starting XI playing until the last ten minutes, demonstrating the first-team squad’s team cohesiveness.
Those are rated on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best and players added after 70 minutes receiving no rating.
Alisson, Alisson, Alisson, Alisson, Alisson, Alisson, Alisson, After appearing apprehensive while coming off his line, the Brazilian had to ease into the game, but a couple good instinctual stops were enough to keep the clean sheet.
DF Trent Alexander-Arnold, 9 — Trent Alexander-Arnold, 9 — Trent Alexander-Arnold With one easy flick of the boot, one of Europe’s greatest full-backs dominated his side of the field, continually raced at Burnley’s defense, and delivered one of the best assists of the year.
DF Virgil van Dijk, Virgil van Dijk, Virgil van Dijk, Virg Van Dijk reduced his movement after getting beaten at the near post a few of times and instead concentrated on pinging beautiful crossfield balls out wide, which he accomplished effectively.
DF 8-year-old Joel Matip — With a strong aerial presence and the sort of toughness that any Liverpool supporter would appreciate, he took command of his centre-back combination with Van Dijk.
In Liverpool’s 2-0 victory against Burnley on Saturday, Jordan Henderson shone in the middle. Getty Images/Catherine Ivill
DF 7 — Kostas Tsimikas Even though he faded, the true story was his brilliant cross for the first goal, which was frequently targeted and identified as the “weaker” guy for Burnley to concentrate on.
MF Harvey Elliott, 8 years old — The 18-year-old was constantly eager to get on the ball, tormented the opponents at every opportunity, and was 90 percent of the time in the forefront of Liverpool’s offensive movements.
MF Jordan Henderson, 9 years old — Captain Marvel is back with a bang after delivering another classic midfield performance, complete with top spatial awareness and a strong box-to-box attitude.
MF 8-year-old Naby Keita — Refused to give in to any kind of pressure and found the ideal pocket of space for the Reds to score their first goal.
FW 7-year-old Mohamed Salah — On a day when he showed why he’s much more well-rounded than detractors give him credit for, he was unfortunate to have his finish called off for offside.
8-year-old FW Diogo Jota — With a wonderfully placed header to give Liverpool the lead, the lively Jota persistently dragged others into the mix and demonstrated why he is keeping Roberto Firmino out of the squad.
Sadio Mane, FW, 7 — Everything about Mane’s day was good, except for his sloppy finishing, which he rectified in the 69th minute with a beautiful half-volley that put his team 2-0 up.
DF N/R Joe Gomez — The Anfield fans were pleasantly surprised to see him receive a few minutes on the pitch before the final whistle.
MF N/R Thiago Alcantara — He was rusty during his short appearance on the field, but he will undoubtedly improve as the season progresses.
N/R Roberto Firmino, FW In a modest enough appearance, he added a few lovely touches and a half-hearted shot.