Liverpool’s number 9 striker from Uruguay, Darwin Nunez, ended his streak of not scoring goals, while Diogo Jota made a successful comeback, leading Liverpool to a 2-0 win against Burnley and securing their position at the top of the Premier League standings. The match occurred on December 26, 2023, at Turf Moor in Burnley, situated in the north-west of England.
Nunez, who had been unsuccessful in scoring during his last 12 appearances for Liverpool, managed to find the back of the net just six minutes into the game with an exceptional finish from outside the penalty area. Although Burnley displayed some remarkable performance, they were unable to find a decisive advantage and Liverpool had opportunities to increase their lead before the first half ended. Cody Gapko’s goal was disallowed because of a foul in the preceding action, and Mohamed Salah’s shot narrowly missed hitting the crossbar.
The second half unfolded in a comparable manner, as Harvey Elliott’s goal was once again disallowed after a review by VAR. Burnley made a late push, but Liverpool secured the win when substitute Jota, who had recently recovered from an injury, scored a superb goal from a tight angle. After this victory, Liverpool currently hold a two-point advantage over their closest competitors, Arsenal, who have played one game less. Arsenal will have the chance to regain the top position when they go up against West Ham on Thursday. In the meantime, Burnley remains in the 19th position, trailing five points behind Everton in 17th place, and their next match will be against Aston Villa. Liverpool’s upcoming match on New Year’s Day will be against Newcastle.
Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, has expressed his worry regarding his team’s inability to convert their scoring opportunities in recent games, and this match serves as yet another example of that. Although Liverpool was in control, they missed several opportunities, which made the win more tense as Burnley had chances to level the score. Nevertheless, Jota’s comeback and his knack for scoring in important moments could indicate a promising future for Liverpool. Additionally, their uncommon clean sheet away from home puts pressure on Arsenal as the new year approaches.
The standout performer of the game was Burnley’s goalkeeper James Trafford, who made a string of outstanding saves to keep his team in the running until the last minutes of the match. Player Ratings:
BURNLEY: Trafford performed outstandingly with a rating of 9, while Vitinho, O’Shea, Beyer, Taylor, Tresor, Berge, Brownhill, Odobert, Foster, and Amdouni all displayed solid performances, earning them a rating of 6. Gudmundsson also contributed with a rating of 6, while Redmond, Bruun Larsen, and Ramsey did not have enough playing time to receive a rating.
LIVERPOOL: Alisson had a rating of 6, demonstrating a decent performance. Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Quansah, and Gomez all exhibited commendable performances, earning them ratings of 7 and 8. Gravenberch, Endo, Elliott, Salah, Gakpo, and Nunez all showcased a good level of play, resulting in ratings of 6 and 7. Jones, Diaz, Szoboszlai, and Jota received ratings of 6 and 7, with Jota not having enough playing time to receive a rating. Match Highlights:
In the 6th minute, Darwin Nunez of Liverpool successfully scores a remarkable goal by swiftly shooting the ball into the far corner from a short distance outside the penalty area. This goal was made possible due to a clever play by Gakpo on the left side.
In the 34th minute, Liverpool gets an opportunity to score as Salah sprints after Gakpo’s penetrating pass. However, Salah’s shot from 20 yards falls just short, hitting the top of the crossbar and going over.
In the 68th minute, Burnley also has a chance to score. Gudmundsson leaps and directs a header into the goal at the distant post following a cross delivered by Odobert.
In the 72nd minute, Liverpool gets an opportunity as Jones heads Alexander-Arnold’s cross back towards the area of potential danger. Unfortunately, Szoboszlai is unable to convert the chance at the rear post.
In the 90th minute, Liverpool scores their second goal, increasing their lead to 2-0 against Burnley. Jota, the Portuguese forward, impressively returns to the game. He receives a pass from Diaz on the left side of the penalty area and skillfully shoots a low ball from a difficult angle that goes past the goalkeeper.