Burnley v Liverpool: Live matchday blog
Liverpool made it four wins from four in the Premier League with a superb all-round performance over Burnley at Turf Moor. A Chris Wood own goal was quickly followed up by Sadio Mane's cool finish, with Roberto Firmino adding the Reds' third 10 minutes from time.
Klopp has arrived for his post-match press conference.
"The boys did the job brilliant, really good," he says with a smile on his face.
Great win @LFC worked hard for the win! Top performance and great clean sheet 👌💪👊#Liverpool #BURLFC #rets #LFC https://t.co/zPKTzAt3CZ— 1JohnAchterberg (John Achterberg) 31st Aug 18:42
Away win..nice result!! I'll take that!! @LFC 😉👍— Ian_Rush9 (Ian Rush MBE) 31st Aug 18:26
WWWWWWWWWWWWW A new club record of 1⃣3⃣ consecutive league victories 💪 https://t.co/S52EBV1qPJ— LFC (Liverpool FC) 31st Aug 18:23
Burnley 0-3 Liverpool
The referee calls a halt to proceedings here at Turf Moor and Liverpool will head into the international break with a 100 per cent record.
Chris Wood's own goal from a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross kick-started the scoring in Lancashire before Sadio Mane put the Reds 2-0 up four minutes later.
Roberto Firmino wrapped up the three points with his strike that saw him become the first Brazilian to score 50 goals in the Premier League.
Adrian does really well to thwart Rodriguez from close range. The Spaniard is moments away from his first clean sheet for the club.
Two changes for the Reds. The excellent Mane and Firmino make way for Origi and Shaqiri.
GOAL!!! Roberto Firmino!!!
That's a lovely finish from Bobby. Salah squares up the defender and the ball falls into the path of the No.9.
He then curls into the far corner to become the first Brazilian to score 50 Premier League goals.
A Liverpool counter-attack ends up with Oxlade-Chamberlain drilling an effort that's caught by Pope.
Bobby's bicycle kick
Burnley also make a sub, with Barnes coming off for Rodriguez.
Van Dijk, now captain, tries his luck with a half-volley from way out, but the ball sails over the crossbar.
It's the Reds' first change. Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Henderson, who required treatment a few minutes ago following a collision with Lennon.
An acrobatic bicycle kick from Firmino is headed away by Mee. That then leads to the travelling Kop singing his chant...
Salah can't finish off a nice run as he hits an effort straight towards Pope in the centre of the goal.
A neat lofted pass from Alexander-Arnold plays in Salah, but the No.11 hits the side netting from a tight angle.
Not much to report from the opening exchanges of the second period. Liverpool continue to enjoy lots of the ball.
Back at it...
Westwood starts the second half...
30 – Since the start of last season, no Liverpool player has scored more goals in all competitions than Sadio Mane… https://t.co/XIeS0dbRbQ— OptaJoe (OptaJoe) 31st Aug 17:15
The story of the first half, as told by Opta...
Burnley 0-2 Liverpool
The Reds are two goals up at the break after Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross took a deflection over Pope and into the back of the net. That's now officially been ruled as a Chris Wood own goal.
Sadio Mane then doubled the visitors' lead four minutes later after a fine through ball from Roberto Firmino.
Ashley Barnes drags a shot wide as the first half nears its conclusion.
GOAL!!! Sadio Mane!!!
Firmino picks up on a loose ball and then plays through Mane, who makes no mistake with the finish beyond Pope.
A fab four minutes for the visitors.
GOAL!!! 1-0 to Liverpool!!!
The Reds lead after Alexander-Arnold's cross from deep takes a deflection off Wood and loops over Pope.
Alexander-Arnold does brilliantly to divert Lennon's ball into the box for a corner. The resulting set-piece is headed clear by Van Dijk.
Henderson sends in a threatening cross from the touchline that is cleared by Burnley just in the nick of time.
Henderson plays Salah through on goal with a terrific pass, but Pope advances and the ball ricochets off the Egyptian and goes wide.
The Reds are enjoying the majority of possession, but have not threatened Pope's goal since Salah stuck the woodwork.
Off the post!
Salah's curling left-footed effort from inside the penalty area strikes against the post and bounces clear.
It's an end-to-end start. Fabinho goes close with a long-range effort before Adrian gets down low to palm away Wood's curling shot.
Here we go...
Jordan Henderson gets the game under way.
Come on Reds!
The two teams emerge out of the tunnel...
#BURLIV 🔜 https://t.co/n6Ot4aKi83— LFC (Liverpool FC) 31st Aug 16:20
U23s team v Man City
Atherton, N. Williams, Larouci, Hoever, Van den Berg, Chirivella, Elliott, Dixon-Bonner, Brewster, Lewis, Jones.
Substitutes: Boyes, Ojrzynski, Longstaff, Clayton, Gallacher.
Keep an eye on Liverpoolfc.com for a match report from Anfield later this evening.
Opta expect the sides to shape up like so...
Here's photos and footage of the lads making their way into Turf Moor a little earlier...
Here's the Reds 💪🔴 #BURLIV https://t.co/zXeaeaEU20— LFC (Liverpool FC) 31st Aug 15:37
Inside the away dressing room
Here's your Clarets team to face @LFC at Turf Moor today: https://t.co/5Bz1gfN8bH— BurnleyOfficial (Burnley FC) 31st Aug 15:30
The teamsheet has been confirmed and it shows Liverpool name an unchanged starting line-up and substitutes’ bench for tonight’s game against Burnley at Turf Moor.
Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Kelleher, Milner, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi.
A job for Joel
Matip is the man for the pre-match host broadcaster interview tonight.
Ahead of today's game, we were granted exclusive access to Liverpool's Thursday evening training session at Melwood.
Browse through our gallery from the workout below.
On this day...
Two years ago today, Liverpool completed the transfer of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Vamosss💪🏻🔴 https://t.co/Y0phADTfQc— AdriSanMiguel (Adrián San Miguel) 31st Aug 12:05
'We're looking forward to it'
Burnley captain Ben Mee says he and his teammates are relishing the prospect of taking on the Reds at Turf Moor today.
He wrote in his official programme column: “It won’t be easy today, of course, against a fantastic team in Liverpool but we are looking forward to the challenge.
“It’s always an interesting game against the big teams, especially when they come to our place. We always give them a good game and we hope to do that again.
“Last season against Liverpool it was a tight game after we led and then had a chance at the end, before they went up the other end and made it 3-1.
“It was a decent game and hopefully we can put on another performance against a top team.”
***LIVERPOOLFC.COM WEATHER UPDATE ALERT***
"This weather needs to make its mind up!"
That's the hot take of Liverpoolfc.com scribe, Glenn Price.
And to be fair, he's not wrong. We've had sunshine, wind and rain so far this afternoon, with temperatures around the 15-degree mark.
The good news is our sources tell us it should remain pretty dry for the remainder of the afternoon. The bad news? It's probably going to get a little chillier over the course of the next few hours.
We therefore suggest taking the necessary precautions: a jacket is recommended.
I think we can consider its status as 'set'.
At Turf Moor for the Reds’ latest away day. https://t.co/lvLSRxg8cY— James_Carroll84 (James Carroll) 31st Aug 14:05
A welcome from Burnley
Burnley boss Sean Dyche has opened his programme notes with a warm welcome to the European champions.
"It's my pleasure to welcome Jürgen Klopp and all his staff, the players and supporters back for another big game," he pens.
"Liverpool are enjoying another strong start to the season on the back of them becoming Champions League winners last June.
"I am sure they will have eyes on glory again after the taste of success last season – and as they were so close to winning the league."
All focus 🔛 @BurnleyOfficial 👊 https://t.co/mE8PihvLqX— LFC (Liverpool FC) 31st Aug 13:03
- A win over Burnley today would set a new club record for consecutive league victories - it would be Liverpool's 13th in a row
- Victory would also make Klopp's men the first Reds team ever to win each of their opening four matches in back-to-back league seasons
- Roberto Firmino's next Premier League goal will be his 50th; eight Liverpool players have previously reached that landmark
- A win or draw would make it 21 league games unbeaten for the Reds - equalling their best run under Klopp
Adrian's clean sheet aim
While three points are the ultimate objective for today's Turf Moor trip, Adrian is eager to register his first clean sheet for the club after an action-packed start to his Liverpool career that has yet to feature a shutout.
"A clean sheet for the 'keeper and the defenders means a lot," said the Spaniard.
"Obviously we want to win the three points, that's the most important [thing]. But the second-most important thing is to keep a clean sheet. We didn't get it at the moment.
"We are improving game by game."
U18s win seven-goal thriller
It has been an eventful morning at the Academy, to say the least.
Just the seven goals shared between Liverpool U18s and Manchester United in Kirkby, with the decisive winner coming for the Reds with two minutes left on the clock.
Read our full match report here.
The manager spoke of his respect for Sean Dyche and Burnley during his preview of the game on Friday, explaining why his knowledge of matches at Turf Moor means he expects a significant challenge again today.
"The way they play is pretty clear, they don't change it a lot but they do it that good that everybody who goes there struggles. I can't remember any team who won there high, it's really rare," said the boss.
"It's not planning a holiday when you go to Burnley, it's really planning the hardest work you can imagine and that's what we try to be ready for."
Here's the full Premier League fixture list for this weekend...
There was little to report on injuries from either camp ahead of this contest, though Liverpool remain without Alisson Becker, and Naby Keita is unlikely to feature having been ruled out for 'a couple of weeks' before the win over Arsenal.
After three successive Premier League victories and a full week's training, Jürgen Klopp is planning only 'really small changes' to his side for the trip to Turf Moor.
Burnley, who have taken four points from their first three league matches, are expected to be without Johann Berg Gudmundsson (calf).
A stunning counter-attack from the Reds 😍 @XS_11official rounded off a brilliant move on our last trip to Burnley… https://t.co/HhsvEZ7P4A— LFC (Liverpool FC) 30th Aug 19:13
Good week on the training pitch - now let’s go into the international break with another win 💪🏻🔴 #YNWA https://t.co/Wmcjs6yVic— JamesMilner (James Milner) 30th Aug 18:33
🇧🇷 @LFC's Roberto Firmino is one strike away from becoming the 1st Brazilian to score 50 #PL goals He scored home… https://t.co/F50aLpBnvA— premierleague (Premier League) 31st Aug 08:47
The last meeting
If you can remember, Liverpool beat Burnley 4-2 at Anfield back in March.
The Reds responded perfectly to Ashley Westwood's early opener with doubles from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. Watch the highlights of that game below...
📋 #LFCU18s team news 🆚 @ManUtd... https://t.co/ruyL2lpSf2— LFC (Liverpool FC) 31st Aug 09:05
A busy day ahead
It's an action-packed final day of August for the club, with the U18s in action from 11am BST against Manchester United - a game you can watch live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.
LFC Women continue their preparations for the forthcoming campaign with a friendly against Rangers at Prenton Park in the afternoon.
And the U23s then host Manchester City at Anfield in a 6pm BST kick-off, while the first team are facing Burnley.
We'll bring you updates from all of the matches throughout the day here on Liverpoolfc.com.
Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker both won individual awards on Thursday during the draw for the group stages of the Champions League.
Van Dijk was crowned UEFA Men's Player of the Year and Champions League Defender of the Season, while Alisson scooped up the goalkeeper award.
Fabinho believes that display against Arsenal set a benchmark for the squad to fulfil for the remainder of the season.
We caught up with the Brazilian at Melwood earlier in the week to preview today's game.
The No.3 told Liverpoolfc.com: "We know that playing Burnley away is always very difficult. Last season was really tough, but we’re really confident and know that a fourth victory will be a great step for the start of the season. So we will play in the same way and go after the win.
"We knew the game against Arsenal would be very difficult, one of the big teams in England, so we got to show our quality against such a strong, quality team.
"I think we played an excellent game, we won – which was most important – and I think it serves as an example performance for the rest of the season.
"So we can look at the good things we did and put them into practice in future games as well."
Last time out
Liverpool produced a sensational attacking performance a week ago to beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield. Watch the highlights of that game in the video below...
Tale of the tape
It's very early days, of course, but here are all the numbers from the sides' opening three Premier League fixtures...
Jürgen Klopp held a press conference at Melwood on Friday afternoon to preview the encounter with Sean Dyche's side. Watch the boss field questions from journalists in the video below...
🔴🔴 M A T C H D A Y 🔴🔴 New weekend. Same focus. To Turf Moor we go! 💪 #ThisMeansMore #BURLIV https://t.co/xVJq0ytgVt— LFC (Liverpool FC) 31st Aug 06:40
We're back on the road as Liverpool look to make it four wins from four in the Premier League with victory at Burnley this evening.
Stay with us throughout the day as we bring you all of the build-up, action and post-match reaction from Turf Moor.