Burnley tried to do their usual thing at Turf Moor. It was a physical, ugly game that few neutrals will have enjoyed. But ultimately Sean Dyche’s side weren’t at their in-your-faces best here, and Liverpool won the game by having more quality in decisive moments.
Liverpool Starting XI
It’s the second week in a row for this group. Klopp liked what he saw.
Liverpool Player Ratings
Jurgen Klopp (6) – Liverpool just turned up and played the usual game. They were better than Burnley. That’s all it took. There was nothing particularly fancy here but it was more than enough.
Adrian (5) – Burnley are targeting him at set pieces but without any luck. His kicking has been less than ideal.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (7) – Couldn’t get in the game until suddenly his cross went in the back of the net. It’s a funny sport.
Virgil van Dijk (4) – Not the most promising start, getting beaten fairly easily by Chris Wood. Uncharacteristic.
Joel Matip (6) – Doing his weird thing in position. Defensively, the threat has been more down Van Dijk’s side.
Andy Robertson (5) – Much like Alexander-Arnold, the ball hasn’t really got into the wide areas for full backs. Hasn’t really done anything wrong but not the game for him.
Jordan Henderson (6) – Not really a midfield game today, ball going straight over his head and thus he’s uninvolved. Did get into it a little more in the second half when more space became available. His substitution seemed to be more of a precaution than anything else.
Gini Wijnaldum (6) – See above. It’s one of those games for Gini where he feels anonymous.
Fabinho (5) – Been caught up the pitch a couple of times. Would be wise to hold his position better. He had been useful with his distribution but a shaky performance overall.
Roberto Firmino (8) – Seems to be deeper than usual, trying to slide Salah and Mane through. Ends up being vital for the second goal and does his thing for the third.
Sadio Mane (8) – Making some intelligent runs off the ball and gets his reward for it.
Mohamed Salah (6) – Looks like he’s at it today. Involved. Missed chances but it’s all positive as long as they’re coming his way.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (5) – Still getting back to his old self. It’s good to see him playing again.
Divock Origi (n/a) – Not enough time on the pitch to be rated.
Xherdan Shaqiri (n/a) – See above.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Roberto Firmino – This wasn’t the highest quality game you’ll ever see. It was decided on moments of genuine quality, and no one offered that more than him. Liverpool’s playmaker and key defender, while playing as a striker.