Liverpool showed great character as they came back from a goal down to beat Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor on Wednesday night.
After Jack Cork had fired the hosts into the lead, James Milner levelled and Roberto Firmino then netted after emerging from the bench. Xherdan Shaqiri made certain of the three points with a late goal from a classic counter-attack that was started by goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
Here is what the media made of the display…
James Pearce, Liverpool Echo
Make no mistake, this was a gargantuan win for Liverpool. They showcased their powers of recovery en route to making history on a filthy night in Lancashire. With an hour gone in a Turf Moor monsoon, the Reds' Premier League title dream looked in serious danger of being washed away. They trailed to Jack Cork's controversial opener and had been roughed up by lowly Burnley. A debate would have raged about Klopp's selection gamble and a five-point gap to Manchester City would have felt like a chasm. But rather than meekly accept their fate, Liverpool dug deep and rallied. An outstanding second-half display turned a potential wake into another booming party on the back of Sunday's dramatic Merseyside derby triumph. Can they do it on a cold, wet Wednesday night in Burnley? After an uncertain start, the answer was emphatic.
David Lynch, London Evening Standard
Keita produced his long-awaited breakthrough Liverpool performance, silencing questions about his ability to adapt to a new league up against the team that best represents the unique challenges of English football. But, perhaps most importantly, Klopp saw proof that his players possess the force of will necessary to overcome setbacks, no matter how rare they are, and no matter how many changes he makes. These factors combined to help Liverpool ensure they have now made their best-ever start to a top-flight league season in 126 years of existence, with 38 points on the board from their first 15 games. Of course, for all the positivity surrounding another hard-earned win, one negative continued to surface during the fallout: namely, the existence of league leaders Manchester City. But, as Klopp came close to saying in one post-match interview, who cares?
Simon Hughes, Independent
Rather than worry about Manchester City’s capacity to overwhelm, Liverpool and their supporters should be reassured by the manner with which progress is being made. A 96th-minute win on Sunday was followed three days later by one where they fell behind in the second half but still claimed another three points comfortably , despite Klopp making seven changes to his starting XI. Naby Keita and Milner were having busy games and Keita emerged clearly as man-of-the-match. Liverpool were playing much better but they were behind. They were level through Milner who delivered just what was needed at precisely the right time. His finish from the edge of the box could not have been any more him if he tried. Klopp had been planning to introduce Firmino and Salah just before it went in and Liverpool’s equaliser did not stop him. Three minutes later, the momentum had swung completely Liverpool’s way, with Firmino scoring with his first touch via a Alexander-Arnold free-kick and van Dijk’s cut-back. From there, Liverpool’s victory felt certain. Burnley tried but trying is not enough against Liverpool. After Mee’s header clattered against the bar, Liverpool sprung a counter-attack and outcome was settled by Xherdan Shaqiri. Liverpool creep on.
Paul Wilson, The Guardian
Liverpool kept up their unbeaten record to maintain the pressure on Manchester City by coming from behind to beat Burnley. When the home side took a second-half lead it briefly looked as though they might climb out of the bottom three and leave Liverpool five points adrift of the league leaders but two goals in quick succession from Milner and Firmino rescued the situation for the visitors. Salah missed a couple of chances to make the game safe but still had a hand in the decisive third goal, flicking an instinctive pass for Shaqiri to score with an emphatic first-time finish. The Switzerland international was unmarked in the box, mainly because most Burnley defenders were returning from attempting to equalise at a corner, with Alisson touching a Ben Mee header on to his post before the ball was cleared downfield. That is the sort of luck Burnley are enduring at the moment whereas fortune seems to be favouring Liverpool, whose fans enjoyed putting Divock Origi’s name into their seasonal ditty: Merry Christmas Everton.
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