Phenomenal Liverpool put Burnley to the Sword to march into the top 4!
Liverpool 2 – 0 Southampton
Manchester United 2 – 4 Liverpool
West Brom 1 – 2 Liverpool
Burnley 0 – 3 Liverpool
Talk about peaking at the right time and making it count when it matters.
The mighty Reds have certainly done that with four victories in their last four outings as they marched into the top 4 last evening, overtaking Leicester City.
An achievement worthy of every praise!
In truth, the performance on display from Liverpool in the last few games reminds me of the champions last season for whom losing was akin to making a carnivore build an appetite for grass. Simply non-existent.
Yes, such has been their desire to cement a place in elite European football with the latest showing against Burnley at Turf Moor amid some spectators’ being more than just a spectacle. It was their sheer determination to succeed at all costs.
So as Liverpool conquered yet another team in The Clarets, lets dissect this fruitful evening for every Kopite:
An attack-minded Liverpool finds a hero in Roberto Firmino
The Reds were on the offensive from the word go. In just the 3rd minute, they almost opened the scoring through Sadio Mane who unfortunately slid the ball wide after being fed with a brilliant cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Minutes later, Roberto Firmino skewed one wide as well after he was given a brilliant backheel pass from Mane. Liverpool were building ever so close to registering on the score sheet.
At the opposite end, Burnley would have their first big chance of the game in the 26th minute when Lowton played a wonderful long ball for Wood who shot the ball wide of the Liverpool goal.
Thiago and Salah also came close albeit the all-important goal still deserted The Reds.
As the clock was ticking towards the close of the first 45, an alert Bobby Firmino would finally put Liverpool in front as he made no mistake in converting a mouth-watering pass from Andrew Robertson. I was so glad for my team and more importantly for Bobby who finally had found some goal scoring form with a brace against Manchester United and now this one. A much-needed end to his dearth of goals.
The half-time score read Burnley 0 – 1 Liverpool.
Phillips and Chamberlain escalate Burnley’s plight
Minutes into the second 45 and Liverpool would go two to the good, this time through Nat Phillips who scored his maiden goal for the club with an excellent header after he was fed with a more than apt cross from Mane.
Burnley with this brace were deflated. Little did they know then; their plight would be escalated further.
Before that would happen, The Clarets managed another attempt on the Liverpool goal through a hard header which was saved by the tightest of margins from their maiden goal scorer Phillips on the goal line. The Reds were lucky not to concede.
As was the case in the first half, minutes before the close, Liverpool would seal the game with a third from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who dribbled past Taylor, wrongfooting the Burnley defender twice and drilled a low short past keeper Norris at his near post.
The Clarets were all but out of the contest with this third bolt as the referee called time.
Liverpool had earned a well-deserved 3-0 win, boosting their goal difference knowing this would be key ammunition in their qualification arsenal come the final matchday.
An enthralling final matchday awaits
The excitement in the Premier League never ceases to amaze me. On the last matchday come this Sunday, we still only have two sureties for the Champions League from Manchester.
Three sides in Liverpool, Chelsea and Leicester are battling it out for the bottom two spots in the top 4.
Anything is possible, though Chelsea are best placed among the three with a second shot to qualify for Europe if they win the Champions League this season. Yes, need I remind you they are contesting the final against Manchester City.
For a neutral, does it get more enthralling? I surely think not.
Having said this, if you’re a Reds fan, the task at hand is win against Crystal Palace amid a sea of cheering Kopites at Anfield and hope either Leicester falter against Tottenham or Chelsea against Aston Villa. The former seems a bigger possibility as the Lilly Whites have big motivation to play in Europa come the next season.
As simple as that to have an equation totally in our control avoiding unnecessary bothers like goal difference.
Well, as a die-hard Liverpool fan, I believe with much positivity European football next season will be ours to conquer.
‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’