Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Reds Prove They Can Come Back and Achieve Win; LIVERPOOL2 BURNLEY 1

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Reds Prove They Can Come Back and Achieve Win; LIVERPOOL2 BURNLEY 1

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LIVERPOOL consolidated fourth spot in the Premier League with a come-from-behind home victory over Burnley.

Ashley Barnes had opened the scoring with the Clarets' first goal at Anfield since 1975 in the seventh minute, the hosts looking short of ideas in the absence of injured forward Roberto Firmino.

However, Georginio Wijnaldum equalised with the last kick of the first half and Emre Can completed the comeback just after the hour mark as Jurgen Klopp's side went some way to eradicating the curse of the bottom-half teams.

Defeat in the reverse fixture, back in August, set the standard for the way 'lesser' sides combated the Reds' attacking style and, for 45 minutes, it appeared Sean Dyche's men were about to repeat the trick.

The result lifted Liverpool within a point of second-placed Tottenham and third-spotted Manchester City, who were both in FA Cup action this weekend.

There was none of the verve or intensity shown the previous weekend in the victory over Arsenal, with striker Divock Origi struggling in his first Premier League start for two months.

He was not alone as the team looked devoid of ideas until Wijnaldum's intervention, the Dutchman extending his remarkable run of having scored all his Premier League goals at home (five for Liverpool, 11 for Newcastle). Can's goal was his first in three months - a sumptuous low effort from distance - and sealed the triumph for a Merseyside team whose five league defeats have all come against opponents below 10th in the table.

Liverpool were worried by Andre Gray's pace - as early on he twice broke through but it was the brilliant pass from right-back Matthew Lowton which turned the defence and picked out Barnes to convert sliding in at the far post.

It meant Burnley had scored with their first three shots on target against Liverpool this term and this game appeared to be following the pattern of the Turf Moor encounter when Klopp's side enjoyed 80% possession but managed just two shots on target in 26 attempts. …

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