Burnley vs Liverpool: Jota and Nunez lift Reds over stubborn Clarets

Liverpool s Diogo Jota celebrates scoring the second goal in the 90th minute during the FA Premier League match between Burnley FC and Liverpool FC at Turf Moor. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Burnley vs Liverpool: Jota and Nunez lift Reds over stubborn Clarets

Faruq Ibrahim 20:39 - 26.12.2023

Liverpool get a routine win over Burnley to return to the top of the Premier League.

Liverpool failed to cruise against struggling Burnley but got the job done to displace Arsenal at the top of the log.

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Vincent Konpany's side hosted the high-flying Reds at Turf Moore as they looked to build on the win against Fulham three days ago, but Liverpool proved a much tougher opponent as they side-stepped their hosts.

How it happened 

Liverpool started like a house on fire and were rewarded with an early goal when Darwin Nunez fired brilliantly past James Trafford.

The goal in the sixth minute signalled a routing, and it seemed Liverpool were going to achieve a famous scoreline, but the hosts stayed resolute and kept the Reds at bay past the momentum of the early goal.

Liverpool enjoyed a lion's share of the first-half possession but failed to truly make Burnley pay.

The start of the second-half was business as usual for Jurgen Klopp's team, and they thought they made it two in the 56th minute off Harvey Elliot, but the goal was ruled off for offside following VAR intervention.

Burnley enjoyed a rich spell of possession in the half, in which they threatened to restore parity, but they lacked the efficiency in the final third to hurt the best defence in the league.

Liverpool retook the oars and dominated proceedings, and when the game looked headed for a 1-0 result, Diogo Jota stepped up to double the lead in second-half injury time.

The win put Liverpool on 42 points, and as a consequence, they returned to the top of the table, displacing Arsenal on 40 points, albeit having played a game more.

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