Match report as Liverpool welcomed fans back to Anfield with a 2-0 victory against Burnley; Goals either side of half time from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane see off spirited Burnley; Reds stretch unbeaten league run to 12 games; Burnley start season with back-to-back defeats
Saturday 21 August 2021 14:29, UK
Liverpool welcomed fans back to Anfield by securing a second straight victory of the new Premier League campaign, but they were made to work for their 2-0 victory by a spirited Burnley.
Sean Dyche’s side were causing Liverpool, who handed youngster Harvey Elliott a first Premier League start, plenty of problems, but the hosts showed their clinical edge in front of goal as Diogo Jota (18) headed Kostas Tsimikas’ inch-perfect cross past Nick Pope to break the deadlock.
Liverpool, who saw a Mohamed Salah strike ruled out for offside by VAR towards the end of the first half, were given a warning early in the second half when Ashley Barnes’s strike was correctly ruled out by the offside flag, but it wasn’t long before Jurgen Klopp’s side took firm control of the game.
And the points were eventually made safe when Sadio Mane finished off a fine team move to continue their perfect start to the season and extend Liverpool’s unbeaten run in the Premier League to 12 matches.
For Burnley, despite a promising performance at times, they start the season with back-to-back defeats, leaving Sean Dyche plenty to think about even at this early stage of the season.
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Up next for Liverpool is a firm test of their title credentials as they welcome European champions Chelsea to Anfield on Saturday, live on Sky Sports (kick off 5.30pm).
Meanwhile, Burnley are in Carabao Cup action on Wednesday with a trip to Newcastle (kick off 7.45pm) before hosting Leeds in the Premier League next Sunday, live on Sky Sports (kick off 2pm).
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