Burnley 0-1 Liverpool: Fabinho decisive as Reds keep Man City on their toes

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Liverpool continues to keep Premier League leaders Manchester City on their toes after a 1-0 win over rock-bottom Burnley on Sunday.

City beat Norwich City 4-0 on Saturday and opened up a 12-point gap at the top, but the Reds responded to Turf Moor by again reducing their lead, meaning they could still reduce by six if they win their game.

It did not mean anything to Jurgen Klopp’s men, however. Alisson was forced to save a few times in the first half as Burnley wasted many chances.

Liverpool were also intimidated and ended up leading just before Fabinho’s break, and that proved to be a decision as the Reds did their best to control the competition after the break.

In the 45th opener, Alisson was the first of two goalkeepers to be called up for a 30-yard touchdown run by Josh Brownhill, before denying Maxwell Cornet a close shot.

Nick Pope then came down cleverly to keep Naby Keita’s effort out – Burnley deflected a corner kick and was supposed to score, but Wout Weghorst’s finish was disastrous.

Jay Rodriguez followed Alisson’s blocking of the empty space, and Sadio Mane then freed the Pope by bringing Trent Alexander-Arnold into the box six yards a minute later.

Weghorst then missed another chance after that and with the Reds spending money, Fabinho piled up the line after Mane hit the corner.

With the exception of Ben Mee’s head, chances are very dry after a while when the two teams met xG in the second half until the 80th minute sitting at just 0.15.

Mee almost gave Salah a pass from his net late and Diogo Jota saw the effort go awry when he looked set to score, but it didn’t matter to the Reds.

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