Darwin Nunez’s first league goal in nearly two months propelled Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League on Tuesday as they defeated struggling Burnley 2-0.
At Turf Moor, Nunez’s deft finish six minutes in handed Liverpool the lead, but Juergen Klopp’s team could not kill off the hosts as the second goal failed to materialise.
Burnley held on after Mohamed Salah’s effort was thwarted by the crossbar, goals disallowed for Cody Gakpo and Harvey Elliott, but Diogo Jota’s effort in the ninetieth minute clinched the victory.
ranked nineteenth In the second half, Burnley had their own opportunities and came dangerously close to grabbing an equaliser when Jacob Bruun Larsen’s shot whizzed just wide of the post.
Liverpool went up to 42 points at the halfway stage of the season after winning their first three league games. Arsenal, with forty, will play West Ham United at home on Thursday.
After a sweeping play, substitute Jota scored his 50th goal for Liverpool from a close angle, providing much-needed relief as the points should have been secured for a while.
Liverpool, who had been held to home draws by Manchester United and Arsenal in their previous two games, dominated the first half of the match. Following Gakpo’s setup, Nunez finished with style, curling an effort inside goalkeeper James Trafford’s post.
After fantastic work by Gakpo and Nunez, Salah should have made it 2-0, but his shot was expertly stopped by
Nunez’s foul during the build-up cost Gakpo the opportunity to put the ball in the net.
As is their way, Burnley produced some nice football, but they also played recklessly when Salah, after being sent in by Joe Gomez, struck the crossbar with a dipping effort.
Following the interval, the trend persisted as Elliott finished with precision, but referee Paul Tierney saved Burnley once more by awarding an offside goal against Salah.
Burnley was spurred on by that let-off and started to pose a threat of equalising, with Larsen giving Liverpool a serious scare before Jota eventually ended the match.