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Liverpool 2-0 Burnley: Nunez shoots the Reds to the top

Liverpool claimed the top spot in the Premier League with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Burnley on Tuesday night.

In the first half, Darwin Nunez scored from a distance, marking a period of overwhelming dominance. Cody Gakpo’s goal was disallowed due to a foul during the same half, and Harvey Elliott had an effort ruled out for offside in the second half.

Although Burnley posed a threat in the second half, Diogo Jota’s late goal, marking his 50th for Liverpool, ultimately sealed the victory for the hosts.

Burnley initiated a strong start, but the first significant opportunity in the game belonged to Liverpool. Harvey Elliott’s long-range shot prompted a smart save from James Trafford within four minutes, and Mohamed Salah was caught offside from the rebound.

Liverpool didn’t have to wait long for the opening goal. Six minutes into the game, Nunez unleashed a shot from outside the box, guiding the ball carefully into Trafford’s bottom corner.

Trafford made an excellent save to deny an immediate second from Salah, but Liverpool continued to press, missing several chances to double their lead in the early stages. Burnley’s ambitious style of play proved to be their downfall.

Liverpool vs Burnley: Nunez ends goal drought

Gakpo scored in the 28th minute, but his celebrations were halted when the referee observed Nunez fouling Charlie Taylor in the build-up. VAR eventually confirmed the decision.

Two more mistakes from Burnley allowed Salah to hit the crossbar just after the half-hour mark. Despite Liverpool registering eight shots on target in the first half, the score remained 1-0.

Nine minutes into the second half, Liverpool appeared to score again as Elliott tapped home from a Gravenberch cross. However, an offside Salah obstructing Trafford’s line of sight led to the goal being ruled out.

The disallowed goal injected energy into Burnley. Gudmundsson headed over the bar, showing signs of threat. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Bruun Larsen had attempts from range, but the pressure was relieved when substitute Jota scored from a narrow angle in stoppage time, securing all three points.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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