Premier League leaders Liverpool set a new club record of 13 straight top flight wins with a 3-0 victory at Burnley on Saturday, maintaining their two-point advantage over champions Manchester City.
After Burnley started brightly, with forward Chris Wood forcing an early save out of Adrian, Liverpool got ahead in the 33rd minute, albeit in fortunate fashion.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s attempted cross from deep on the right hit the back of Wood and looped over Burnley keeper Nick Pope into the far corner.
If Sean Dyche’s side felt luck was against them with the opener they had only themselves to blame when they handed Liverpool a second goal four minutes later.
Burnley skipper Ben Mee passed straight to Roberto Firmino, who burst forward and then slipped the ball left to Sadio Mane, who finished with precision into the bottom corner.
Firmino wrapped up the win nine minutes from the end, driving past Pope after good work from Mohamed Salah, who skipped past two challenges before setting up the Brazilian.
The club’s previous record run was set between April and October 1990, when the team was managed by Kenny Dalglish.
Lucky number 13 for Liverpool
Liverpool secured a 3-0 victory against Burnley, with goals from Mane, Firmino and an own goal from Chris Wood.
Wood deflected Liverpool ahead after a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross became a shot and flew into the top corner 33 minutes in.
Mane then doubled Liverpool’s advantage minutes later after Ben Mee gave the ball away to Firmino.
The second half wasn’t mesmorising but Firmino capped off an impressive performance slotting home 10 minutes from time.
Burnley failed to produce a real chance and fall to their second defeat of the season.
Full-time Burnley 0 Liverpool 3
Liverpool secure their 13th straight victory in style, a club record.
They triumph 3-0 at Turf Moor.
Chance for Rodriguez.
Slight slip in concentration for Liverpool as Rodriguez goes through and takes on Matip.
Rodriguez finds himself in space but his shot gets blocked.
Liverpool enjoying themselves at Turf Moor.
Every Liverpool player has enough time and space to pick his head up and find a pass.
Burnley have been lacklustre.
Liverpool make their final two subs.
Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are replaced by Divok Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Liverpool well and truly in control now.
That third goal from Firmino has settled the contest.
Firmino’s 50th Premier League goal, the most by any Brazilian in the league.
Space opens up for Liverpool on the counter attack.
Firmino picks up the loose ball and feeds Salah.
The winger, then jinks inside and finds Firmino, who fires an unstoppable shot past Pope from 18 yards.
Firmino seals the victory for Liverpool!
Burnley starting to see more possession in the opposing half.
However, they are liable to the counter attack.
Oxlade-Chamberlain almost punishes them after they lost the ball high upfield.
Rodriguez has a golden chance but is flagged for offside.
Wood and Rodriguez combine well to set the Englishman free.
He goes through on goal and his shot is well saved, only for the flag to go up.
Burnley make their first change.
Ashley Barnes is replaced by Jay Rodriguez.
A McNeil free-kick is delivered into the box and met by Tarkowski.
The England defender though heads well over after finding some space in the box.
Liverpool make their first change of the evening.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Jordan Henderson.
Burnley keeping Liverpool contained for the moment.
The Clarets have done well over the past 10-15 minutes or so.
The host are starting to see a bit more of the ball.
Slight delay to play after Henderson went down injured after a coming together with Lennon.
Still no change in the scoreline at Turf Moor.
Liverpool have continued to dominate possession and territory but no real clear-cut chances have been made.
Liverpool’s latest corner comes to nothing.
Fabinho is fouled by Tarkowski on the left hand side.
The resulting free-kick is dinked in by Alexander-Arnold and finds Salah.
The Egyptian’s shot is well blocked though.
Salah hits side netting.
Alexander-Arnold finds Salah with a neat ball in behind the defence.
Salah on his weaker right foot tries to square the ball but hits the side netting.
Frustration for Dyche
Sean Dyche has been a frustrated figure on the sidelines so far.
Still no chances to mention inside the first 10 minutes of the half.
Numerous fouls have been given against both sides tough.
McNeil earning the most recent of the left wing near the corner flag that comes to nothing.
Even start to the second half from both sides.
Burnley have settled into their defensive shape well, with Liverpool with no clear-cut chances.
Liverpool earn the first corner of the second half.
van Dijk and Matip both up from the back, Salah plays it short to Robertson who cross is met by Matip.
Matip, however, is penalised for a foul.
Burnley get us back underway at Turf Moor.
Liverpool clinical against Burnley
After a strong start from both sides Liverpool have shown their clinical side.
Early chances from Wood and Salah began the game in explosive style, the latter hitting the post.
That before A deflected Alexander-Arnold cross-shot flew over everyone and nestled in the top corner.
Mane then doubled Liverpool’s advantage with a cooly taken finish after Mee gave the ball away.
Half-time Burnley 0 Liverpool 2
The half-time whistle goes as Liverpool score two in a matter of minutes to lead at Turf Moor.
Correction on goal scorer – OG from Wood – Arnold to wait for first goal of the season
A correction on the first goal scorer for Liverpool, it has been confirmed as an own goal from Chris Wood.
Alexander-Arnold is to wait for his first goal of the season.
Barnes fires over!
Wood and Barnes combine as the Englishman finds space in the box.
Barnes rushes his shot though and fires well over the bar.
Burnley punished after early Woods chance
Chris Wood had a golden opportunity to fire Burnley ahead in the early stages.
His shot lacked any real venom and was well saved by Adrian.
Liverpool have since kicked on and made Burnley pay with two quick-fire goals.
Liverpool are like a different animal now.
The press on the back line of Burnley is with more haste and they are making mistakes.
With just over five minutes to go before half time, Burnley need to keep the score the same, to hopefully give it a go in the second half.
Ben Mee gives the ball away cheaply on the half way line.
Firmino gathers and feeds Mane on the left wing and he fires a first-time shot into the bottom corner!
Liverpool in control now!