A ruthless Liverpool side reestablished their two-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table with a regulation 3-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday evening.
Having hit the post earlier in the half through Mohamed Salah, the Reds took the lead when Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross from the right deflected off Chris Wood and looped up and over Nick Pope.
The visitors soon doubled their lead when Ben Mee presented the ball in his own half to Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian found the overlapping Sadio Mane, who rolled his shot past Pope and into the far corner.
The result was sealed when Firmino got in on the act, smashing home after good work from Mohamed Salah on the right to send the home side away from Turf Moor with their tails between their legs.
Key Talking Point
For some the reason, nothing was made in the build-up to this game of the duel between Ashley Barnes and Virgil van Dijk. The Premier League's form striker (give or take), against the recently crowned
Dwight McNeil having TAA on toast ...— Matty Ormerod (@matty_ormerod) August 31, 2019
Game might be over as a contest - but Dwight McNeil is giving Trent Alexander Arnold a real workout today.— Simon Evans (@sgevans) August 31, 2019
Man Utd are totally going to spend about £90m on signing Dwight McNeil in January.— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) August 31, 2019
LIVERPOOL Key Talking Point
Substitutes: Oxlade-Chamberlain (6), Shaqiri (N/A), Origi (N/A).
STAR PLAYER - Liverpool were largely in business mode after the opening two goals and, a few flashes of brilliance aside, mainly just efficient. But hey, you can't be swashbuckling and thrilling every week, can you? And yet they still won 3-0!
That said, Firmino's contribution stands out. The centre forward set up Mane for Liverpool's second, played a few key passes, popped up in good positions frequently and smashed in the third to wrap the game up.
Roberto Firmino is the best Brazilian to touch the Premier League.— - (@AnfieldRd96) August 31, 2019
Firmino has been unbelievable this season.— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) August 31, 2019
After the international break, Burnley will travel to the south coast to face Brighton before a home tie with Norwich the week after.
Liverpool host Newcastle before their first Champions League fixture of the season - a trip to Italy to face Napoli.