Liverpool player ratings vs Burnley: Firmino and Mane outstanding in Turf Moor triumph | Football | Sport
Liverpool ensured they won 13 league matches for the first time in their history as they ran out 2-0 winners against Burnley at Turf Moor.
Trent Alexander-Arnold will feel aggrieved to have the Reds’ opener taken away from him, after his cross went in after deflecting off Chris Wood.
Jurgen Klopp’s side ensured they went in at the break two goals to the good after Sadio Mane finished expertly from Roberto Firmino’s lay-off.
The Brazilian then got in on the act with a beautifully placed effort from 20 yards late in the second half.
Here’s how the Liverpool players rated after signing off with a win before the international break.
Adrian – 7
Comfortable for the Spaniard who was forced into action early doors from Chris Wood. Definitely settling in well after being thrown in at the deep end.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8
It may have gone down as a Chris Wood own goal in the end, but Alexander-Arnold’s inswinging deliveries were a real threat throughout the first half.
Won a few key duels against his tricky marker Dwight McNeil.
Virgil van Dijk – 8
Was never going to be given a moment’s peace against Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood.
“Calm as you like,” bellowed out from the away end and the travelling faithful were spot on.
Joel Matip – 8
Many expected Joe Gomez to take his place alongside Van Dijk at the turn of the new season, but Matip is more than proving he deserves to be a starter.
Andy Robertson – 7
A quiet afternoon from the usually relentless left-back. Burnley defended deep which prohibited the Scot from bombing forward, still an outlet.
Fabinho – 8
His bandy legs were just about everywhere, nipping in before the opposition and retaining the ball. Made his presence count from the get-go.
Jordan Henderson – 7
The kind of experienced display that Liverpool are going to need over the course of 38 games. Took a nasty whack on the thigh and was forced off on the 70 minute mark.
Gini Wijnaldum – 8
He might not receive any of the headlines, but quietly he was very effective in breaking up play and turning defence into attack.
Mohamed Salah – 7
A quiet afternoon on the basis of his high standards. Rattled the post in the first half with a clever, early effort. Did provide the assist for Firmino.
Sadio Mane – 8
Somehow improving week on week. Lovely finish for his goal, showing confidence by deciding to hit it first time. Constant threat, superb close control.
Roberto Firmino – 9
Another exceptional display from the Brazilian who worked tirelessly to pull the Burnley backline out of joint. Perfectly timed and weighted pass to set up Mane for the second. His efforts were rewarded with a fine goal from outside the box ten minutes from time.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7
Got a vital touch to break up a Burnley counter-attack. Tested the palms of Nick Pope with a well-struck drive.