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Liverpool claims top spot with hard-fought victory against Burnley

Posted : 26 December 2023

Liverpool asserted their title aspirations by claiming the top spot in the Premier League with a hard-fought victory over Burnley. Despite some profligacy in front of goal, Jurgen Klopp's team secured a two-point lead over Arsenal. Darwin Nunez ended his 12-game goal drought with a beautiful finish, giving Liverpool an early lead.


James Trafford, Burnley's impressive goalkeeper, made crucial saves, denying Mohamed Salah and making a stunning fingertip stop. The Reds' relentless attacks included a disallowed goal by Cody Gakpo and Salah hitting the crossbar before halftime. Despite having two goals disallowed, Liverpool secured a 2-0 victory with Diogo Jota's late strike.


Approaching the year-end at the top of the table, Liverpool faced a tougher battle than anticipated. With 19 shots, eight saves by Trafford, and two disallowed goals, the Reds showcased resilience. Nunez's early goal and Jota's late finish secured the win, maintaining Liverpool's formidable form this season.


The team dominated the first half, with Trafford denying low efforts from Endo and Salah. Despite VAR disallowing Gakpo's goal, Liverpool remained in control throughout the match. Burnley, in deep trouble in the bottom three, failed to register a shot on target, making this their ninth loss in 10 home league games this season.


Liverpool's victory propels them to the top of the table, setting the stage for a potential level on points with Aston Villa if they beat Manchester United. Klopp's side, known for their resilience, demonstrated their dominance with seven consecutive wins on December 26. Burnley, the Championship winners last season, are struggling in the Premier League and face a daunting task to avoid relegation, with only three wins at the halfway stage of the season.


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