Fabinho’s goal is enough for Liverpool to beat Burnley and chase City

Burnley were the better side at the start and created more chances, but Liverpool snatched the lead through Fabinho after a defensive confusion and after a corner kick five minutes before the break..

Burnley sent many high balls into the Liverpool penalty area in search of at least a fourth straight draw, but it was not as dangerous in the second half as it was before the break..

Liverpool defended vigorously and goalkeeper Alison was vigilant, enabling Liverpool to achieve its sixth consecutive victory in all competitions.

Liverpool’s tally of 54 points from 24 games is in second place, nine points behind City, who played 25 games.

Burnley, who won once this season, paid the price of missed opportunities and froze at 14 points in the last place, seven points behind the safety zone, but played two games less than Newcastle United, who is 17th.

“It is always difficult to play here. Burnley is a difficult stadium,” Fabinho said.“.

“We didn’t score the second goal, but we did a great defensive job today. We got three important points“.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane entered the starting line-up with Liverpool for the first time since participating in the African Cup of Nations, and it rained heavily from the beginning, but that did not prevent Burnley from imposing his supremacy.

Burnley’s first attempt came through Josh Brownhill, where he hit a powerful ball that was saved by goalkeeper Alison.

Liverpool waited until the 21st minute to create the first opportunity, as Naby Keita hit a ball that was saved by goalkeeper Nick Pope, before the newly joined striker Fawt Weghurst missed an opportunity for the owner of the land from a dangerous place..

Burnley continued to excel and created a new opportunity, but goalkeeper Alisson intervened in time to catch the ball before Jay Rodriguez.

Chances rolled on from both sides, and Mane shot a ball towards goalkeeper Bob, then Veghurst missed a new opportunity for the owners of the land after being alone with the goal..

Burnley paid the price of missed opportunities when Mane met a corner kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold and the ball reached Fabinho, who tried to shoot and then followed the ball from close range, and scored his fifth goal in all competitions since the start of the new year.

“The chances should have been taken,” Burnley coach Sean Dyke said. “We created two or three dangerous chances“.

“The players are doing a lot of great things but we haven’t come out with anything. We have to keep playing like this in front of all our opponents“.

Liverpool managed to keep the result unchanged and benefited from the brilliance of goalkeeper Alison and his intervention on more than one occasion in the perfect timing.

Substitute Diogo Jota had a great opportunity to score after Salah’s pass, but he slowed down to miss the opportunity.

“I’m happy with the way we played in these conditions,” Klopp said.“.

“We always deal with the circumstances,” the German added. “We defended a lot of attacks really well, and I’m really happy.

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