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Liverpool verdict – Reds refuse to be off course against Burnley to show title race bottle

As the rain lashed down and the wind wreaked havoc inside Anfield, Liverpool simply refused to be blown off course. Under extreme pressure and in the face of adversity, Jurgen Klopp's side to trim Manchester City's lead at the top of the league table to a single point It would have been easy for the Reds to lose their nerve after the scandalous decision which enabled Burnley to take the lead through Ashley Westwood's corner But rather than feel sorry for themselves and want against stubborn opposition, they channeled their anger at that injustice in the best possible way. See how Liverpool rated against Burnley HERE A gutsy , spirited response transformed into a nightmare start into a commanding victory That show of burning desire and commitment was epitomized by Adam Lallana, who emphatically grasped his chance to shine. It's been a wretche The injury-plagued two years for the Reds midfielder but here was a timely reminder about what he's capable of when fully fit. Klopp's faith was well and truly repaid. Lallana deservedly walked away clutching the man-of-the-match award after putting in a tireless shift. He set the tone with his pressing and giving Liverpool's midfield a much needed creative kick. There's been a lot of talk about Liverpool's bottle during the wobble of recent weeks. Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebratesThe discipline, maturity and control which has led the Reds this far all to the fore. There was no hint of panic. The frustration of Goodison was forgotten as…

As the rain lashed down and the wind wreaked havoc inside Anfield, Liverpool simply refused to be blown off course.

Under extreme pressure and in the face of adversity, Jurgen Klopp’s side to trim Manchester City’s lead at the top of the league table to a single point

It would have been easy for the Reds to lose their nerve after the scandalous decision which enabled Burnley to take the lead through Ashley Westwood’s corner

But rather than feel sorry for themselves and want against stubborn opposition, they channeled their anger at that injustice in the best possible way.

See how Liverpool rated against Burnley HERE

A gutsy , spirited response transformed into a nightmare start into a commanding victory

That show of burning desire and commitment was epitomized by Adam Lallana, who emphatically grasped his chance to shine.

It’s been a wretche The injury-plagued two years for the Reds midfielder but here was a timely reminder about what he’s capable of when fully fit. Klopp’s faith was well and truly repaid.

Lallana deservedly walked away clutching the man-of-the-match award after putting in a tireless shift. He set the tone with his pressing and giving Liverpool’s midfield a much needed creative kick.

There’s been a lot of talk about Liverpool’s bottle during the wobble of recent weeks.

Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates

The discipline, maturity and control which has led the Reds this far all to the fore. There was no hint of panic.

The frustration of Goodison was forgotten as the goals flowed once again. Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane hit before the break to put Liverpool in front.

Firmino’s second gift them breathing space and after Clarets substitute Johann Berg Gudmundsson pulled one back, Mane had the final get in stoppage time with his 50 goal for the club

What a season the Senegal international is having. Mane, who has now scored 17 this term, has netted six successive home league games. Only Michael Owen, Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and Mo Salah have achieved that for the Reds in the Premier League era.

Liverpool will head to the Allianz Arena for their Champions League showdown with Bayern Munich on Wednesday night with momentum and belief restored . They are more potent on the counter and that’s a positive sign than they chase a precious away goal.

Win at lowly Fulham next weekend – when City are preoccupied with FA Cup duty against Swansea – and Klopp’s men will be top of the Premier League table for the international break

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his second goal

It’s no longer in the Reds’ hands. After three months as the hunted, they are now the hunter, but this title is very much alive and kicking.

With eight games remaining, Liverpool aren’t going quietly. They just need to take care of their own business so that if they stumble in cash. It promises to be a thrilling final.

Klopp had a surprise before kick-off by picking Lallana ahead of both Near Keita and Shaqiri Shaqiri after opting to give captain Jordan Henderson a breather ahead of the trip to Germany.

The manager revealed that only a fourth league start of the season for Lallana was reward for his “exceptional” week on the training ground.

The Reds didn’t help themselves as Joel Matip needlessly conceded to a corner but what followed was ridiculous from blundering referee Andre Marriner

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (left), James Milner (center) and Trent Alexander-Arnold discuss a free-kick

Alisson Becker’s attempts to deal with Westwood’s in-swinger were clearly hampered by the fact that he had pushed down James Tarkowski on his shoulder. The ball sailed over the Liverpool corner.

However, to the Reds’ disgust, Marriner awarded the goal and Alisson’s furious protests earned him a booking. What a contrast to the helping hand City had been given by the officials with their opener against Watford 24 hours earlier.

Anfield was jolted into life. The headline looks as defiant as Liverpool rolled their sleeves up and showed the stomach for a fight.

The hosts upped the tempo and started to stretch Burnley’s backline. Firmino’s strike was deflected narrowly across the bar after he had latched on to Salah’s pass.

Liverpool soon restored parity. Lallana pinged a perfect cross-field pass into the feet of Salah, whose slick one-two with Gini Wijnaldum opened Sean Dyche’s side up

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring his side third goal

The Egypt international’s low cross wasn’t dealt with by Tom Heaton and Firmino gleefully helped himself to a tap-in.

The decibel levels were cranked up. Liverpool’s pressing ensured there was no respite for the Clarets with Lallana and Firmino repeatedly shutting down space.

Just before the half-hour mark the Reds were in front. Lallana threw himself in the way of Phil Bardsley’s attempted clearance

The ball cannoned into the path of Salah, who was upended by Charlie Taylor. The weather was about as consistent as Marriner as the sun turned to rain and then brightened up again.

Lallana remained at the

Adam Lallana with Astley Westwood during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield

The swirling wind made life difficult but in the second half Liverpool were rarely troubled. Defensive rock Virgil van Dijk was immense once again and Fabinho impressed in front of the Dutchman.

Salah, who was thwarted by a fine save from Tom Heaton late on, did not get on the scoresheet and having gone five matches without a goal that’s now the longest run of his Liverpool career.

However, Salah still made a score contribution for the team. Mane and Firmino was delightful with his link

Midway through the second half it was 3-1. Heaton’s woeful goal-kick landed at the feet of Salah. He raced through on goal before being brought down by Taylor

With Marriner playing the advantage, Firmino followed up to double his account for the afternoon.

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Henderson and Keita replaced Wijnaldum and Lallana as Liverpool cruised to victory

Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was substituted as a precaution late on, should have had another assist for his collection, but Mane somehow hit the bar from three yards out.

Some slack

Substitute Daniel Sturridge’s classy through ball late sent Mane scampering clear and he went around Heaton to score.

A tricky test had been passed with flying colors with character in abundance

MATCH FACTS

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Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold (Sturridge 86), Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum (Henderson 68), Lallana (Keita 77), Mane, Salah, Firmino

Not used: Mignolet, Lovren, Shaqiri, Origi.

Burnley: Heaton, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Hendrick (Gudmundsson 79) , Cork, Westwood, McNeil, Barnes (Vydra 86), Wood (Crouch 79).

Not used: Lowton, Brady, Gibson, Hart.

Referee: Andre Marriner

Attendance: 53,310

Goals: Westwood 6, Firmino 19, Mane 29, Firmino 67, Gudmundsson 90 + 1, Mane 90 + 3.

Bookings: Alisson, Fabinho

Man of the match: Adam Lallana. Repaid Klopp’s faith in style

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