A wet and windy afternoon at Turf Moor saw Liverpool bring in the New Year with a dramatic 1-2 victory over Burnley in a scrappy clash in the Premier League.
In a game devoid of quality, Liverpool's Sadio Mane looked to have clinched the game for the visitors after his stunning strike from the edge of the box gave the Reds the lead in the 61st minute.
With less than two days recovery time for both clubs heading into the New Year fixture a number of changes were made from both managers.
Liverpool were without both Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho for their trip to Turf Moor after the pair - who have a combined for 35 goals this season - picked up minor injuries in the Reds' win against Leicester. Whilst Burnley welcomed back defender James Tarkowski following his three game suspension.
Liverpool started as the brighter of the two sides as their trademark pressure off the ball forced the Clarets into rushing in possession, but the visitors'
A lot of possession for Liverpool but Burnley have set up well. Most passes going laterally, struggling to penetrate the Burnley defence so far.— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) January 1, 2018
Emre Can and Joe Gomez duly obliged for the home side as their misplaced passes invited the Clarets into the game as their confidence in attack grew. Yet, despite a series of efforts from Scott Arfield and a number of dangerous crosses into Liverpool's area Burnley lacked quality to punish the Reds.
In just his third Premier League start Dominic Solanke was offered Liverpool's best chance of the half when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain threaded the ball into the box, but the 20-year-old's heavy first touch allowed Burnley to clear the danger.
First 45 showing just why Burnley are doing so well this season. So well organised at the back and a nuisance to break down. We just need to be patient and move the ball quicker. Mané needs to be much more involved, too.— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) January 1, 2018
Whilst the game's
Despite the lack of quality, Liverpool started brightly as they pinned the home side in their defensive third and it paid dividends in the 61st minute. A poor cross into the box from Trent Alexander-Arnold was turned into a piece of magic by Mane on the edge of the box, as he swivelled onto his left and drilled the ball into the roof of the net.
The Reds continued to dominate after taking the lead as their sustained pressure resulted in consecutive corners and a stunning long-range effort from A