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Burnley 1-3 Liverpool: Roberto Firmino comes off the bench to complete Reds’ comeback

Harry Latham-Coyle
Wednesday 05 December 2018 16:49 GMT
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Roberto Firmino celebrates his strike for Liverpool
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Liverpool recorded a fourth straight victory in the Premier League to remain hot on the heels of leaders Manchester City, as they turned around the match at Burnley.

Fresh from a last-gasp win in the Merseyside derby on Sunday, Liverpool cut the lead to just two points once again and continue their charge in leading the chasing pack against the reigning champions.

Jack Cork put Burnley in front but James Milner, Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri hit back to earn Liverpool all three points. Re-live the action below.

Preview

Virgil van Dijk’s skewed volley that set up Divock Origi’s winner in Sunday’s Merseyside derby required the sort of luck you only get when you’re towards the top of the table. It was by no means a work of art, but the ball’s peculiar route to goal represented much of Liverpool’s season so far. The blistering attacks of last season haven’t resurfaced this time round as Jurgen Klopp’s side have been getting results with more pragmatism than panache.

How Burnley could use some of that fortune. Sean Dyche’s own pragmatic ruggedness has abandoned his side this season. The Clarets only need to concede 10 more goals to match their total for the whole of last season. For the Lancashire side it will seem a lifetime ago that they miraculously finished 7th in the Premier League and earned themselves a spot in the Europa League.

After Manchester City’s narrow victory last night, Liverpool can’t afford to drop points if they realistically want to keep pace with the champions. Pep Guardiola’s side have raised the requirement for winning the title to at least 90 points, making clashes against opposition at the wrong end of the table must win games.

When does it start?

Burnley vs Liverpool kicks off at 19:45 (GMT) on Wednesday 5th December

Where can I watch it?

Burnley vs Liverpool will not be televised, but you can follow the action via The Independent’s live blog.

Highlights will be shown on BBC One from 10:45pm.

Player to watch…

Naby Keita: He’s struggled with injuries so far this season, but Keita could be exactly what Liverpool need in midfield on Wednesday night. His form in the Bundesliga was so impressive, Klopp was willing to wait a year before bringing him in with the rest of the squad, and with Burnley likely to sit back, the Guinean international could be the key to unlock the door at Turf Moor.

Form guide:

Burnley: LLDLL

Liverpool: WDWWW

Odds

Burnley: 12/1

Draw: 9/2

Liverpool: 1/4

(Odds provided by Betfair)

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Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of tonight's Premier League action, headlined by a mouth-watering clash at Old Trafford between rivals Manchester United and Arsenal.

The match is one of six Premier League games taking place today, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham also in action. Liverpool make the short trip to Turf Moor to face Burnley, while Chelsea are also on the road as they head to the Molineaux to face Wolves, and Tottenham host Southampton at Wembley Stadium just a few hours after the visitors announced Ralph Hasenhutl as their new manager.

The other two matches taking place this evening sees Everton host Newcastle at Goodison Park and Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri come up against the side who he guided to the Premier League title in Leicester City.

Jack de Menezes5 December 2018 15:03
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Evening everyone.

A bumper night of midweek Premier League action for your pleasure this evening.

Four of tonight's six games kick off at quarter to eight, which means team news is just minutes away...

Harry Latham-Coyle5 December 2018 18:40
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TEAM NEWS - Burnley vs Liverpool

Harry Latham-Coyle5 December 2018 18:45
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TEAM NEWS - Everton vs Newcastle

Harry Latham-Coyle5 December 2018 18:46
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TEAM NEWS - Fulham vs Leicester

Harry Latham-Coyle5 December 2018 18:46
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TEAM NEWS - Wolves vs Chelsea

Harry Latham-Coyle5 December 2018 18:47
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That's the early team news done and dusted, then. A chance for Ruben Loftus-Cheek from the start in Chelsea's midfield, and a rather unfamiliar front three for Liverpool perhaps the two most noteworthy selection decisions.

Manchester United-Arsenal and Tottenham-Southampton are the 8pm games. Team news for those should be coming very, very soon...

Harry Latham-Coyle5 December 2018 18:58
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TEAM NEWS - Manchester United vs Arsenal

Harry Latham-Coyle5 December 2018 19:00
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TEAM NEWS - Tottenham vs Southampton

Harry Latham-Coyle5 December 2018 19:01
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Seven changes then for Manchester United, including a first Premier League start for Diogo Dalot at right wing back with Jose Mourinho opting to continue with a back three.

Two midfield changes for visitors Arsenal. 

Harry Latham-Coyle5 December 2018 19:05

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