Liverpool 2-0 Burnley HIGHLIGHTS: Liverpool welcomes fans back with 2-0 win against Burnley

Welcome to Sportstar's live commentary for the Liverpool vs Burnley Premier League 2021-22 encounter at the Anfield Stadium on Saturday.

Thank you for tuning in to Sportstar's live commentary for the Liverpool vs Burnley Premier League 2021-22 encounter on Saturday. This was Nihit Sachdeva taking you through all the action as it unfurled at the Anfield Stadium.

MATCH REPORT: Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane goals seal win for Liverpool

FULL TIME: Liverpool 2-0 Burnley

90+4' Liverpool just running the clock down now. A terrific save in the end by Alisson to keep the clean sheet intact.

90+2' Final substitution for Liverpool - Joe Gomez comes on for Tsimikas who has had a brilliant game.

Four minutes added

90' Burnley just not able to cope with Liverpool's pace.

89' SAVE!!! - A tremendous shot from outside the box by Rodriguez but Alisson proves equally good and palms the ball away with a full-stretch save. The official raises the offside flag shortly afterwards.

88' Tsimikas seems to have some problem with his shoulder.

86' Excellent run by Salah from the right who passes the ball to Mane for a tap-in but the Senegalese player just unable to get any contact on the ball.

84' Salah sets Alexander-Arnold up for a shot from the edge of the box but Pope saves it easily.

81' Double substitution for Liverpool - Thiago and Firmino replace Keita and goal-scorer Jota.

79' Another substitution for Burnley - Pieters on for Gudmundsson.

77' Liverpool has absolutely dominated the possession game in both halves.

76' SHOT - a beautiful curling shot by Mo Salah from the right side goes just wide of Nick Pope's far post.

75' First substitution of the game - Burnley sends Jay Rodriguez on for Chris Wood.

73' Alexander-Arnold's cross finds Van Dijk inside the box as Nick Pope miscalculates the trajectory of the ball. However, Van Dijk's header is not clean and the rebound by Matip has been duly blocked by the Burnley defense.

72' Foul on Elliott just on the edge of Burnley box for a Liverpool free-kick.

69' GOOOAAALLLL!!!!!! Liverpool 2-0 Burnley - move started by Van Dijk from inside his own half. The Dutch defender manages to find Elliott with his long pass on the right flank. Elliott passes it to Alxexander-Arnold who puts Mane through. Mane had basically no one marking him and puts the ball beyond Pope to double Liverpool's lead.

67' Foul on Gudmundsson by Keita. Free kick for Burnley.

64' Van Dijk manages to find Salah near the Burnley box from inside his own half who then passes the ball to Elliott. Elliott takes the shot but it has been blocked by Taylor for a Liverpool corner.

62' CHANCE - Mane manages to get power on the shot in very little time but Nick Pope makes sure that Burnley is still in the game. Corner by Tsimikas but Pope pouches it comfortably.

59' BLOCK - Wonderful ball into the box by Elliott who manages to find Salah who then takes the shot but McNeil manages to block it.

58' SO CLOSE!!! Corner by Alexander-Arnold manages to find Van Dijk who gets away from Burnley defenders to take the shot. The ball goes through everyone but just wide of the post.

56' CHANCE - Mane unable to keep the shot under control due to pressure by two Burnley defenders inside the box and puts it feebly towards Nick Pope.

55' A move was slowly building up for Liverpool before Elliott tried the aerial pass and it has been easily blocked by the Burnley defense.

52' Alexander-Arnold manages to find Elliott inside the Burnley box with a lob but Elliott not able to control the ball and it goes out for a Burnley goal kick.

51' Tarkowski is back on his feet now.

50' Tarkowski's head has collided with the back of Sadio Mane's head and he is lying down for the time being.

48' No changes made by either manager for the second half.

46' OFFSIDE - Burnley's Ashely Barnes thinks he has scored in front of the Kop but he has been ruled to be in an offside position. Great intent from Burnley though.

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY!!

Burnley will surely not like to read this stat though.

 

Liverpool has had more chances so far but Burnley hasn't let the home side run away with the match before halftime.

It is just a one goal lead and Sean Dyche's men would look to stitch one good attack to put the pressure on the hosts early on in the second half.

45+2' HALF TIME!!! Liverpool 1-0 Burnley

Two minutes of stoppage time have been added

44' Lowton takes a free kick from inside his own half and Tarkowski manages to get his head on the ball just on the edge of Liverpool box. Alisson fails to get a punch on the ball but the header has gone just wide for a Liverpool goal kick.

42' Liverpool managing to find holes in the Burnley defense and going for one shot after another.

40' Liverpool has had eight attempts on goal so far while for Burnley, it has been just two.

38' McNeil carries the ball forward and passes it to Chris Wood inside the Liverpool box but Wood not able to sort his feet out with his back towards the goal and the Liverpool defenders clear the ball away.

36' Nervous moment for Alisson with Burnley forward closing in on him but the Brazilian calmly passes the ball back to his teammate.

34' Another corner for Burnley but the Clarets just can't seem to work it out.

33' A solo run by Jota and takes a long-range shot but the Burnley defender blocks it easily.

31' What an audacious move! - Alexander-Arnold noticed Mane's run inside the Burnley box and lobbed it for Mane but the volley goes over the bar.

28' Liverpool looking more and more threatening with each attack.

26' OFFSIDE - excellent ball by Elliott to put Salah through inside the Burnley box from the right and Salah duly puts it beyond Pope with his left foot but the Egyptian was in an offside position and the goal does not count. Still, Liverpool 1-0 Burnley.

23' CORNER - Van Dijk's header goes just over the Burnley goal.

22' The match is slowly picking up pace now. An attempt by Salah at Pope's near post but the English goalkeeper palms it out for a Liverpool corner.

20' SAVE - a quick response by Burnley and McNeil takes a shot at goal. Alisson saves it to keep Liverpool ahead.

18' GOOOAAAALLLLLLL!!!!! Liverpool 1-0 Burnley - a perfect cross from Tsimikas finds Jota in the box who places his header to Pope's far post.

16' A swift counter-attack by Burnley allows Gundmundsson to take the ball on the right side and put it into the Liverpool box. No harm done to Liverpool though.

13' First corner for Liverpool - won by Elliott. Corner taken by Alexander-Arnold but fails to find any Liverpool head in the box and it has been cleared away safely by Burnley.

11' Van Dijk tries to give a long pass from his own half to Trent Alexander Arnold for a quick counter but Charlie Taylor is upto the task and heads the ball out for a Liverpool throw-in.

9' Gudmundsson is down just outside the Liverpool box after a shoulder-to-shoulder contact with Liverpool's Greek defender Tsimikas.

8' No concrete shot on target by either team so far.

6' Beautiful footwork by Henderson to put Alexander-Arnold through on the right flank. Alexander-Arnold tries to put the ball into the box but it has been well blocked by the Burnley defender. The last touch came from the Liverpool defender and hence it is a goal kick for the Clarets.

4' Goal-line clearance by Alexander-Arnold to stop McNeil's shot and soon after, the offside flag has been raised.

3' Free kick for Liverpool after a foul on the 18-year-old debutant midfielder Harvey Elliott on the right flank. Alexander-Arnold put the box into the Burnley box but Jota's header has gone wide.

2' An early attempt to put Chris Wood through for a one-on-one against Alisson by Burnley but easily caught by the Brazilian goalkeeper.

1' KICK-OFF!!!

17:00 IST - AND WE ARE UNDERWAY!!!

16:55 IST - The players have come out of the dugout and been received with "You'll Never Walk Alone" by Liverpool supporters. Anfield is alive and singing after being forced to stay quiet due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

16:45 IST - Look who's back at Anfield!

After missing almost the entire 2020-21 campaign, defender Virgil Van Djik (R) is back for Liverpool this season.   -  REUTERS

 

16:30 IST - Some stats by OptaJoe worth looking at!

  • Burnley last won consecutive away league matches against Liverpool in 1894-95 and 1896-97.
  • Liverpool have lost its first home league match in just three of the last 55 seasons and have won its first league game at Anfield in each of the last eight.
  • Mo Salah was involved in nine of Liverpool’s 19 shots against Norwich on the opening day (5 shots, 4 chances created). No player was involved in more of his side's attempts in the first round.

 

16:15 IST - After 528 days, Anfield welcomes the fans once again!

 

 

LINE-UPS

Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson (GK), Virgil van Dijk, Tsimikas, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Keita, Henderson (c), Elliott, Mane, Salah, Jota

Subs: Adrian (GK), Kelleher (GK), Konate, Gomez, Robertson, Thiago, Curtis Jones, Firmino, Minamino

Coach: Jurgen Klopp

Burnley (4-4-2): Pope (GK), Lowton, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee (c), Cork, Gudmundsson, Brownhill, McNeil, Wood, Barnes

Subs: Hennessey (GK), Norris (GK), Collins, Pieters, Bardsley, Thomas, Dodgson, Richardson, Rodriguez

Coach: Sean Dyche

Preview

Liverpool will look to avenge last season's streak-breaking home defeat when it faces Burnley at the Anfield Stadium on Saturday.

Sean Dyche's Burnley had beaten Liverpool 1-0 in January this year courtesy of an 83rd minute penalty by Ashley Barnes to end its 68-match unbeaten run at Anfield.

However, Jurgen Klopp's team is currently in red hot form with six consecutive league wins including its season opening 3-0 victory against Norwich City.

On the other hand, Burnley has lost its last four games including a 1-2 defeat at home against Brighton and Hove Albion in its first match of the 2021-22 campaign.